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

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11 Apr 2022

LIWA, which is part of the Mauricio Hoyos-backed T-Valley Group, has launched an MVNO over the Tigo Colombia network. The company, which currently offers solar energy and internet connectivity to rural areas, has worked with European vendor cyan to facilitate the launch. The latter company provided LIWA with its Seamless BSS/OSS and MVNE Platform. LIWA states its aim as follows: ‘LIWA means access and connection. LIWA is where purpose meets innovation. In a digitalised era, we democratise access to the most basic services for people and companies, through decentralisation, in order to provide our clients with the tool that will change their world.’

Sticking with Latin America, Mexico has a new MVNO in the form of moBig. One of the newcomer’s more eye-catching tariffs sees it offering an annualised plan in which customers pay for seven months of access, but receive a full twelve months of service. moBig utilises the Red Compartida open access network, which currently covers 79.440 million people, or 69.6% of the population.

Finally, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) have reached a USD13.4 million settlement with TracFone Wireless in connection with violations of the FCC’s Lifeline programme rules. Specifically, the settlement resolves allegations that TracFone violated the False Claims Act by signing up more than 175,000 ineligible customers for the Lifeline programme between 2012-2015 and that the false claims resulted from TracFone’s lax oversight and monitoring of its Lifeline programme. FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel commented: ‘Today’s settlement reflects the FCC’s ongoing commitment to root out waste, fraud and abuse in its universal service programmes … Let today’s action serve as a warning to others that we will do everything we can to ensure strict compliance with the rules of the road.’

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Colombia, Mexico, United States, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), LIWA, moBig, TracFone Wireless