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

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13 Sep 2021

The surge of Mexican MVNO activity shows no sign of slowing down, with EXiS the latest company to launch over the open access Red Compartida network. Based on its name, TeleGeography assumes that the newcomer is the same Exis Telecom entity that disclosed launch plans back in November 2020. The would-be MVNO was said to be the first company to utilise the end-to-end platform provided by local MVNE Valor Agregado Digital (VADSA). According to local tech site Xataka Mexico, EXiS allows its customers to trade unwanted minutes and SMS for an increased data allowance.

The arrival of EXiS follows the launch of Chuliphone (also over the Red Compartida network) late last month. Chuliphone’s unique selling point (USP) was said to be that it allowed subscribers to share their data allowances across multiple devices.

Polish MVNO Otvarta has renewed its wholesale agreement with Polkomtel (Plus), Telepolis reports. The new agreement covers the period until end-2025. According to the report, Otvarta – which launched back in March 2018 – currently serves around 40,000 customers.

Over in Sweden, Comviq – a sub-brand operated by Tele2 – has enabled 5G connectivity for its users. An entry-level 5G package costs SEK275 (USD31.9) per month and includes a 30GB data allowance. A 50GB data package is priced at SEK325 per month, rising to SEK375 per month for 100GB.

Bangkok-based consulting firm Yozzo has reported that Thailand’s MVNOs are still struggling to make an impact. As of 30 June 2021 Penguin SIM led the sector, with just 26,443 active SIM cards in service. Feels accounted for 10,365 subscribers at the same date, while i-Kool 3G served 2,247 users.

Finally, Grupo Datora, the Brazilian tech firm that co-owns domestic MVNO Datora Mobile Telecomunicacoes (trading as ARQIA) has reportedly filed an initial public offering (IPO) request with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Comissao de Valores Mobiliarios, CVM). The offer will be coordinated by Itau BBA, UBS BB, BTG Pactual and Morgan Stanley.

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