Vodafone to launch US MVNO; UK firm to partner with T-Mobile

12 Dec 2014

UK-based telecoms giant Vodafone Group has announced plans to re-enter the US mobile market through its Vodafone Americas subsidiary, and will operate as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), piggybacking on the network of T-Mobile US. The new service is expected to launch in late 2015 and will target the company’s more than 400 multinational customers based in the US, as well as another 500 multinationals based outside of the country, but with a ‘strong US presence,’ it said.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, earlier this year Vodafone completed the sale of its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless to Verizon Communications for USD130 billion, ending its long-running partnership with the US mobile market leader. Vodafone gained its stake in Verizon Wireless back in April 2000 following the September 1999 tie-up between UK-based Vodafone Air Touch (now Vodafone Group) and Bell Atlantic Mobile (now Verizon).

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