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

23 Sep 2019

Brazil has a new MVNO in the form of Esquadrao Celular, which has been launched by Salvador-based football team Esporte Clube Bahia. The new virtual operator is the latest in a series of football-centric mobile operators to launch in Brazil in recent months, following the likes of Sao Paulo Celular and Cruzeiro Celular. All MVNOs have been launched in association with Dry Company do Brasil and pledge to offer users unlimited WhatsApp access.

Italian ISP/MVNO Tiscali expects to add 4G access before the end of the year, local site MVNO News reports, noting that technicians are currently testing the operator’s new LTE solution. The website notes that Tiscali is one of the last national MVNOs to add 4G access to its proposition. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Tiscali launched its MVNO in the second quarter of 2008 over the Telecom Italia (TIM) network.

Finally, in a move which is likely to displease Canada’s three national MNOs, Rogers, Telus and Bell, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed that he plans to pave the way for MVNOs to enter the mobile market – if his Liberal party is re-elected next month. The move forms part of a drive to bring down mobile prices in Canada, and Reuters quotes the PM as telling a news conference in Brampton, Ontario: ‘Canadians shouldn’t have to choose between having a cellphone and heating their homes.’ TeleGeography notes that the national operators currently operate sub-brands (or ‘flanker brands’) but have proven reluctant to open their networks to independent MVNOs. As such, no Full MVNOs are currently active in Canada.

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