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

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1 Aug 2022

Mexican media giant Grupo Televisa has outlined plans to launch a new MVNO via its Sky Mexico subsidiary. According to Reuters, the new service will go live over the AT&T Mexico network in the second half of 2022. Speaking during an investor briefing to accompany the company’s second quarter results, Luis Malvido, CEO of Sky Mexico, commented: ‘We plan to offer competitive individual and family plans with attractive cross promotions leveraging our video services.’ TeleGeography notes that Televisa currently offers MVNO connectivity under the Izzi Mobile and Blue Telecomm brands. The former brand, which is sold by the group’s multiple cablecos, counted 194,354 mobile subscriptions as of 30 June 2022, while Blue Telecomm, which is cross-sold with Sky’s pay-TV packages, ended 2Q22 with just 22,331 subscriptions.

A Mexican cableco enjoying more success in the MVNO space is Megacable, which ended June 2022 with a total of 433,894 subscriptions. MVNO ARPU was reported at MXN110.9 (USD5.4).

Over in New Zealand, Vodafone New Zealand has unveiled a new MVNO platform called Vodafone Infrastructure Partners (VIP). Tony Baird, Vodafone’s Wholesale & Infrastructure Director, commented: ‘VIP, which exists under the Vodafone NZ umbrella but works as a separate wholesale entity, believes this will be a positive move for consumers, driving more competition in market and giving New Zealand consumers more options in terms of pricing and plans, and unlocking the relatively nascent wholesale mobile market in New Zealand.’

In a related development, Singapore-owned ISP MyRepublic NZ has confirmed that it has signed a wholesale contract with Vodafone New Zealand, allowing it to launch its own MVNO. The ISP – which launched fibre-optic broadband services in New Zealand back in 2014 – is set to initiate its MVNO in August.

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