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

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9 May 2022

New Italian MVNO Elite Mobile (elimobile) will launch on 16 May, with a blockchain-focused proposition. Previously, in March this year elimobile founder Mario Colabufo launched ‘$ELITE’, elimobile’s official token, which is based on the Polygon blockchain. No details regarding the host network have been divulged.

Japan has a new MVNO in the form of Chatwork Mobile, an offshoot of business communications app Chatwork. The B2B service launched on 25 April. According to the Chatwork website, the company’s messaging service is currently used by 343,000 companies. The network host has not been disclosed.

Australian-listed technology company Spacetalk has announced plans to establish an MVNO in the United States, operating the Jumpy SIM brand. The new MVNO will offer plans specifically designed for smart wearable devices and will use the network of a ‘leading’ (but as yet-undisclosed) mobile operator. Subject to the satisfactory completion of technical testing, Spacetalk intends to launch Jumpy SIM before the end of June 2022. Going forward, the launch of Jumpy SIM services in other countries are also under investigation.

Mexican retail chain Coppel has become the latest player to enter the MVNO sector, via Redi. The new MVNO operates over the Red Compartida open access network.

Over in France, the Competition Authority (Autorite de la Concurrence) has approved the takeover of Coriolis by Altice France. The deal was submitted for regulatory scrutiny on 18 March and approved via Decision 22-DCC-67 on 25 April. The watchdog noted: ‘After careful examination, the Authority considers that the transaction is not likely to affect competition.’

Finally, Altice USA has reported that its Optimum Mobile MVNO served approximately 198,000 mobile subscriptions as of 31 March 2022, up by 12,000 on a quarterly basis. Quarterly mobile revenue grew 25.0% year-on-year to USD24.0 million. As of 1Q22 Optimum Mobile achieved 4.3% penetration within Altice USA’s residential cable subscription base.

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