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

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4 Apr 2022

There has been a breakthrough in the battle for Malaysian MVNO Tune Talk, with the Kuala Lumpur High Court (Commercial Division) granting an injunction preventing Celcom Mobile’s 5.25 million shares in the virtual operator from being included in the sale of Celcom Axiata to Digi. The injunction was sought by Padda Gurtaj Singh (9.77% stake), East Pacific Capital (5.85%) and Tune Strategic Investments (14.4%), who objected to the deal. The injunction was granted by Judicial Commissioner (JC) Ong Chee Kwan, who also ordered Axiata Group and Celcom Axiata to pay costs of MYR25,000 (USD5,935).

Sticking with Malaysia, Merchantrade Asia is moving its Hello SIM MVNO service to its wholly owned subsidiary, Valyou, with immediate effect. Merchantrade founder and managing director Ramasamy K. Veeran said Valyou will now coordinate the company’s MVNO service, growth strategies and performance. The executive commented: ‘We see a tremendous benefit in this corporate exercise as it aligns our focuses internally, from which we will be able to develop better holistic strategies across our value chain. Growth remains our top priority, and these changes will underpin our pursuit of this.’

China Mobile-backed CMLink Canada, which was ordered to shut down by the Canadian Federal Government on 5 January 2022, officially terminated services on 31 March. Network host Telus has offered any remaining subscribers preferential deals via its Koodo sub-brand if they port their numbers across. Those porting over to Koodo will not be required to pay an activation fee or a SIM card fee, and the first bills will not take effect until 30 April 2022.

Finally, Enreach, the unified communications group backed by investment company Waterland Private Equity, has rebranded its Dutch subsidiaries Voiceworks and i4IP under the Enreach brand. Both companies have a long-term presence in the B2B market and operate as MVNOs over the KPN network as part of a converged/cloud services range. Stijn Nijhuis, CEO of Enreach, commented: ‘With the support of Waterland in 2018 we’ve acquired and integrated 15 companies and added over 500 colleagues along with innovative new products and technologies. The transition of Voiceworks and i4IP to Enreach ensures that we can continue to grow and innovate while being associated with this stronger, unified brand in the Netherlands. It is the end of a wonderful era for both companies, but also the start of a new, promising chapter.’ Three other Dutch Enreach companies, Eazit, DSD and CloudLand, have not been fully rebranded but are now marketed as ‘Part of Enreach.’

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