MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

11 Feb 2019

Canada is likely to see the launch of a new MVNO in 2020, in the form of The newcomer, which has been conceived by two ex-Wind Mobile product architects, seeks to target customers underserved by the mobile incumbents. Co-founder and CEO Algis Akstinas commented: ‘Reduced complexity, simple pricing and our unique Data On Tap approach lets us offer affordable, near direct access to mobile networks … Big telecoms are unable to serve these people well because of one simple reason: they’re too big. Tiny telecoms, on the other hand, run on innovative business models and foster competition.’ The MVNO will be powered by an as-yet-undisclosed nationwide LTE network.

Mexican MVNE Valor Agregado Digital (VADSA) has chosen MDS Global and its ‘VNOnDemand’ solution to facilitate the launch of a new MVNO in Mexico. VADSA has recently signed a wholesale agreement with open-access 700MHz provider Altan Redes, with a view to launching Exis Telecom later this year. The platform deployed by MDS Global will initially support the Exis MVNO but is being implemented as a full MVNE platform to support other MVNOs in the Mexican market.

edpnet, a Belgian full-service B2B provider which also has a presence in the Netherlands, has confirmed the takeover of Galaxy Group, a Dutch firm active within the corporate segment. edpnet currently offers an MVNO service in Belgium, over the Telenet network, while Galaxy Group operates a pair of MVNOs – Galaxy Mobile Solutions in Belgium and Galaxy Business Networks in the Netherlands. Philip Deutz, CEO at edpnet, commented: ‘By joining forces, we will create many new possibilities for the Dutch and Belgian markets.’

Isle of Man-based Manx Telecom has announced that the UK MVNO it plans to launch through Goshawk Communications will be named Audacious. In order to facilitate the launch, Manx Telecom’s business incubator, Vannin Ventures, has signed a wholesale contract with BT Group to use the EE mobile network. The new service will target the eleven million UK consumers who experience hearing loss and expects to launch this summer.

Finally, Pepephone, the Spanish MVNO now owned by Grupo MASMOVIL, has confirmed that subscribers with compatible smartphones can now utilise an eSIM instead of a traditional SIM card. An official blog post on Pepephone website notes: ‘From now on all customers can choose whether they prefer to have a traditional physical SIM card or an eSIM … They say that to survive is to be able to adapt to new circumstances, and in a world of new technologies eSIM is one of the survivors.’ (Note: eSIM is a global functionality specification accredited by the GSMA which enables remote SIM provisioning of any mobile device.)

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