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

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27 Jul 2020

Belgian telco Proximus has announced that it has signed up French voice/cloud provider Sewan as a Light MVNO client. Sewan, which is operational in France, Spain and Germany, entered the Belgian market at the end of 2019, via the acquisition of 3Starsnet, a B2B player that launched more than 25 years ago. Sewan’s business model is fuelled by cloud-based white-label solutions and a distribution channel of more than 850 smaller service providers, integrators and IT companies. Sewan expects to start offering unified communication services over the Proximus network before the end of 2020.

Chilean ISP Mundo Pacifico, which was acquired by Linzor Capital in September 2019, has launched MVNO services over the Movistar Chile network. The multi-play operator, which operates via cable and fibre networks, signed a mobile wholesale deal with the Telefonica-backed cellco in early 2019.

Over in Israel, the conditions of the provisional approval for the ongoing merger between Cellcom and Golan Telecom have been made public by the Ministry of Communications (MoC). The watchdog has demanded that Golan Telecom relinquish its MNO status and serve as an MVNO for an interim three-year period after control is transferred to Cellcom, ahead of a full merger between the two companies. In February this year Cellcom entered into a binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Golan regarding an ILS590 million (USD171 million) acquisition.

Finally, Portuguese full-service telco Nos has unveiled a new sub-brand called WOO. Announcing the launch, Nos stated: ‘Today WOO is born – the first national 100% digital telco that works exclusively through a mobile application.’ WOO can be used in Portugal and in more than 120 countries with which Nos has roaming agreements.

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Belgium, Chile, Israel, Portugal, Cellcom, Golan Telecom, Mundo Pacifico (Pacifico Cable), Proximus, Sewan (Belgium), WOO