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

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23 May 2022

Altice France-backed SFR has reportedly acquired another MVNO, after previously inking deals for the likes of Afone (May 2021), Prixtel (June 2021) and Coriolis (April 2022). According to a report by Le Figaro, SFR has swooped for Syma Mobile, which currently serves around 700,000 MVNO subscriptions.

The US has a new MVNO in the form of Cloaked Wireless, which bills itself as ‘a secure wireless company’. Owned by security/privacy company Cloaked Services, a pre-sale will commence on 12 June, with a commercial launch earmarked to take place in the fourth quarter of 2022. While the network host has not been disclosed, Cloaked says that the new service is ‘powered by the nation’s largest 5G network’. Jonathan Wilkins, CEO of Cloaked Wireless, commented: ‘Everyone deserves privacy and security. SIM swaps and port-out attacks can be devastating, and everyone is at risk. Current cellular networks don’t have the security of a user’s information in mind, and that’s why we created Cloaked Wireless. Cloaked’s goal is to place control of information back into the hands of the users.’

Vodafone Group has revealed that its Spanish sub-brand, LOWI, added 310,000 subscriptions during the year ended 31 March 2022, and now has a total base of 1.5 million. In Italy, meanwhile, sub-brand ho also continued to grow, with 342,000 net additions year-on-year, for a total of 2.8 million subscriptions. The group also noted that its UK-based digital sub-brand VOXI also continued to grow, with 104,000 subscriptions added in the year under review, although a total figure was not divulged.

Finally, Romanian group Digi Communications has reported strong mobile growth at its Spanish and Italian subsidiaries. The Spanish DIGI unit increased mobile subscriptions by 29% year-on-year, to 3.21 million, while in Italy mobile subscriptions rose 27.2% y-o-y to 341,000.

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