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

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21 Mar 2022

Polish ISP Asta-Net, which currently serves around 50,000 B2C/B2B subscriptions in Wielkopolska and neighbouring parts of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship region, has launched an MVNO service under the Namaste Mobile brand. The new service leverages the Plus network and offers 5G connectivity on a post-paid basis.

Sticking with Poland, Plush, the youth-orientated sub-brand launched by Plus back in September 2014, has reached the one million subscriptions milestone.

Vietnamese mobile phone/computer retail chain FPT Retail has disclosed plans to launch an MVNO later this year. The company says it is on course to increase its FPT Retail presence to 717 stores by end-2022 and seeks to capitalise on its market position with a new mobile proposition. (Note: FPT Retail is a sister company of well-known ISP FPT Telecom.)

Over in Brazil, food delivery app iFood has teamed up with MVNO Supernova Celular for a partnership which will offer mobile plans to the the approximately 200,000 delivery people using the iFood platform. Supernova, which launched in November 2021 over the Telefonica Brasil (Vivo) network, is understood to serve more than 50,000 customers across the country.

IoT provider Sierra Wireless has announced an expanded agreement with T-Mobile US to bolster its global Low Power Wide Area (LPWA)-based ‘Smart Connectivity’ service. Sierra notes that the partnership also enables customers in the US to access T-Mobile’s multi-band 5G connectivity, as well as 4G LTE ultra-high data offers for fixed applications that require high throughput and low latency such as commercial security/video surveillance, telehealth services, digital vending, signage and others.

Finally, South African MVNE MVN-X has confirmed that it has reached one million subscriptions across its portfolio of MVNO clients. A subsidiary of Ignition Telecoms, which is a sub-division of Ignition Group, MVN-X entered the South African market in 2014, offering solutions and services to local MVNO. ITWeb quotes Ignition Telecoms CEO Valde Ferradaz as saying: ‘Enabling a million subscribers is evidence of robust growth in the MVNO market and consumers are becoming increasingly responsive to the convenience, affordability and benefits of bundling services together with one service provider – like Pick n Pay.’

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Brazil, Poland, South Africa, United States, Vietnam, Asta-Net (incl. Namaste Mobile), FPT Retail, MVN-X, Plush, Sierra Wireless, Supernova Celular