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

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19 Jul 2021

Cayon Cloud Communications has enlisted Pareteum to deploy its ‘Experience Cloud’ platform as it seeks to launch a number of new MVNO brands in Tunisia. Cayon, which was initially established as a mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE), is a part of Tunisia-based Asel Telecom Group. It says it has now acquired a domestic MVNO licence and provides mobile services in partnership with existing local brands and organisations via the Tunisie Telecom network. Cayon claims to have launched six mobile brands to date and plans to add a further three in third quarter of this year. Looking further ahead, Cayon expects to end the year with ten mobile brands and more than 100,000 subscribers. According to its website, Cayon’s current MVNO partners include JSK Mobile, Asel Mobile, Nabeulien Mobile Stadium and Khatwa Mobile.

Singapore has a new MVNO in the form of Changi Mobile. The newcomer, which is legally registered as Changi Travel Services, is part of Changi Recommends, itself a subsidiary of Changi Airport Group. Changi launched over the M1 network late last month.

Sticking with developments in the city-state, MyRepublic (Singapore) has reportedly added eSIMs to its portfolio, effectively cutting down connection times for new customers to ‘minutes’ if they have a compatible eSIM device. According to MyRepublic, the advantage to users is that they can use multiple SIMs from multiple providers on a single device and simplify management. The MNVO is not the first to offer eSIM services to customers in Singapore, with Singtel, StarHub, M1 and rival MVNO Circles.Life already offering such an offer. The new eSIM service is available for all sign-ups on its no-contract mobile data plans which start from SGD10 (USD7.3) per month with ‘Lite Plan’ (6GB, 300 minutes, 300 SMS).

Feder Mobile, which is affiliated with Feder, a smartphone and tablet accessory retailer based in Catania, has launched MVNO services via the Vodafone Italy network. The newcomer’s network went live on 15 July. The company received an Enhanced Service Provider (ESP) authorisation from the Ministry of Economic Development (Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico, MiSE) on 18 January this year.

Elsewhere in Europe, the previously reported MVNO tie-up between Spanish department store El Corte Ingles and Grupo MASMOVIL will launch on 26 July under the Sweno brand. Alongside its mobile service, Sweno will also offer fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity for end users.

Over in Saudi Arabia, the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has handed over the two MVNO licences it awarded in February this year. The companies in question are Integrated Telecom Mobile Company (ITC Mobile) and Future Networks Communications Company. TeleGeography notes that the companies were identified as Integrated Communications Company and The Federation of Technology Resources at the time of the original licensing announcement.

Finally, Virgin Mobile Canada has rebranded as Virgin Plus, as it seeks to better reflect its other products, which include broadband and pay-TV access. The new name was introduced today (19 July), with the MVNO noting: ‘The Virgin Mobile you love is no more. But not in a bad way. We’re not saying goodbye. We’re saying hello. This is the start something new.’

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