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

18 Mar 2019

T-Mobile US has pledged to maintain Sprint’s low-income Assurance Wireless sub-brand ‘indefinitely’ if the USD26 billion mega-merger between the two mobile giants receives regulatory approval, USA Today reports. Technically owned by Virgin Mobile USA – itself a Sprint sub-brand – Assurance is a well-known participant in the state-subsidised Lifeline Assistance programme, which is supported by the federal Universal Service Fund (USF). The MVNO is understood to offer services in 41 states as well as Washington, DC, and ranks as one of the country’s largest Lifeline providers. T-Mobile president and COO Mike Sievert told the newspaper: ‘The digital divide is real and we want to help eliminate it. We have pledged that the ‘New T-Mobile’ will maintain the existing T-Mobile and Sprint Lifeline programme throughout the country indefinitely, barring fundamental changes to today’s programme.’

UK B2B provider Gamma Communications has reported solid growth from its MVNO service, reporting 50,000 mobile subscribers at 31 December 2018, up 43% from 35,000 year-on-year. Broadband subscribers increased 24% from 76,000 to 94,000 during the same time frame. As previously reported by MVNO Monday, in July 2017 Gamma completed its transition to a Full MVNO on the Three UK network, having ended its five-year ‘Thin MVNO’ association with Vodafone UK. The process also saw Gamma acquire its own core network.

Finally, Dutch fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) provider Glasnet has announced that it is planning to launch a SIM-only MVNO in April this year, using the T-Mobile Netherlands network.

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