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

8 Apr 2019

Belgian MVNO Mobile Vikings has commenced its subscriber migration process, as it switches from the Telenet/BASE network to that of Orange Belgium. The switchover process started on 1 April and will conclude by 30 June and follows an extensive testing period. As previously reported by MVNO Monday, back in May 2018 Mobile Vikings owner MEDIALAAN signed a five-year wholesale agreement with Orange, which will see all three of its consumer MVNO brands – also including *JIM Mobile* and *Stievie* – switch network host. At that date, the three units accounted for a total of 365,000 virtual customers. The lion’s share of these users were attributed to Mobile Vikings, however, which ended December 2017 with 288,000 subscribers, up from 250,000 one year earlier.

Chilean fixed line operator/pay-TV provider Mundo Pacifico, which operates in 25 locations across the Metropolitan, VI, VII, VIII, IX and XIV regions, has signed a wholesale agreement with Movistar Chile, and will commence the testing of its planned MVNO later this month. Chile is currently home to a number of MVNOs, most notably Virgin Mobile Chile and VTR, which is backed by Liberty Latin America (LLA).

Finally, Brazilian start-up Next Level Telecom (NLT) is launching as an MVNO dedicated to IoT services over the cellular network of Vivo, MobileTime reports. NLT aims to work with IoT solution developers and integrators alongside research institutions and universities, targeting the industrial, agriculture, smart cities, government and health sectors, whilst also planning to adopt technologies including NB-IoT and eSIMs in the future.

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