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

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31 Jan 2022

West Yorkshire-based B2B solutions provider Abzorb, which inked an MVNO deal with BT Wholesale (EE) back in 2019, has entered into a new MVNO partnership with Qubiti. James Slater, director at Qubiti, commented: ‘We are excited to be working with Abzorb and to launch Q – the mobile network for UK start-ups. Q Network allows us to monitor tariff utilisation and mobile usage in near real time and provide visibility to customers so they don’t overspend and can manage their mobile bills more effectively.’

Israeli Communications Minister Yoaz Handel has granted an MVNO licence to Levit It, a company which is said to provide B2B/security solutions. When operational, the new company is expected to operate in the IoT sector. Announcing the move, Handel commented: ‘Competition is an engine of growth first and foremost. We have removed barriers and replaced over-regulation with deregulation.’

Comcast Corporation has reported that its Xfinity Mobile MVNO ended 31 December 2021 with 3.980 million subscriptions, up from 2.826 million one year earlier. The cableco notes that its annual net additions of 1.154 million represents its wireless unit’s best annual result since launching in 2017. Quarterly wireless revenues reached USD709 million, up 40.3% from USD505 million one year earlier.

Sticking with the US cable sector, Charter Communications (Spectrum) grew its MVNO subscription base to 3.564 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2021, up from 2.375 million in December 2020. Quarterly mobile revenues surged 47.5% from USD428 million in 4Q20 to USD632 million in 4Q21.

Finally, Telecompaper reports that Mobile Vikings has sent its customers an SMS informing them that they will be migrated from the Orange Belgium network to that of Proximus in the coming weeks. Customers will be notified a few days before the switch takes place, the report notes. Back in December 2020 Proximus signed a definitive agreement with DPG Media to acquire Mobile Vikings, which also includes the JIM Mobile brand. The transaction was valued at EUR130 million (USD157.4 million).

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