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

30 Mar 2020

Austrian MVNO Spusu, which is owned by Mass Response, has confirmed that its long-awaited Italian unit has delayed its planned launch as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As previously reported by MVNO Monday, in April 2019 Mass Response signed a wholesale contract with Italian provider Wind Tre and was later awarded one million numbers with the ‘3780’ prefix by the Ministry of Economic Development. The new MVNO had been expected to go live in the first quarter of 2020.

Sticking with Italy, a new MVNO that is set to hit the market is Yellow Mobile. The budget-priced player is understood to operate using the Vodafone Italy network.

Dutch MVNO Simpel has reported that its annual revenues increased by 19.8% percent to EUR114.2 million (USD127.2 million) in 2019, local news site Telecompaper reports, citing a filing with the Chamber of Commerce. Growth was said to be driven by a 15.6% increase in the operator’s customer base, which increased from 844,000 in 2018 to 977,000 in the year under review.

Finally, Swiss multi-play provider Quickline, which launched wireless services in August 2010 via an MVNO agreement with Sunrise, has reported that it added 13,650 net new MVNO users to bring its mobile customer base to 55,800 by the end of December 2019.

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Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Quickline, Simpel, Spusu (Italy), Yellow Mobile (Italy)