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

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22 Aug 2022

Congstar, the discount sub-brand of Telekom Deutschland (TD) which was established in July 2007, has revealed that it has reached the six million subscriptions milestone – a matter of weeks after celebrating its 15-year anniversary. Axel Orbach, Congstar’s Managing Director, commented: ‘We are growing in a highly competitive market and are gradually gaining market share. This is a very positive sign and strengthens Congstar’s strategic orientation as a company and as a brand.’

Elsewhere in Europe, Irideos – which acquired Italian MVNO Noitel back in November 2020 – has reportedly changed hands. According to local blog MondoMobileWeb, the country’s Antitrust Authority approved the sale of a 78.412% stake in Irideos to Marbles, which is itself controlled by Asterion Industrial Partners.

Swiss telecoms retailer mobilezone has published its 1H22 report, in which it confirms that its in-house MVNO business TalkTalk increased its post-paid user base to 56,700 as of 30 June 2022. Sales at TalkTalk amounted to CHF9.9 million (USD10.3 million) in 1H22, compared to CHF8.5 million in the year-ago period. The group also operates High Mobile in Germany, which generated sales of CHF10.3 million in 1H22, up from CHF8.5 million one year earlier. High Mobile’s subscription base reached 80,000 at 30 June.

US mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) Plum, which is owned by UVNV, the company which founded Ultra Mobile and Mint Mobile, has announced that it has expanded its decade-long relationship with network partner T-Mobile US. Dan Thygesen, Senior VP of T-Mobile Wholesale, commented: ‘UVNV’s offerings for consumer and enterprise customers mark yet another step forward in our strategic relationship. The combination of T-Mobile’s network with Plum’s technical capabilities and proven go-to-market expertise will enable customers to capitalise on a broad scope of wireless opportunities.’ The company’s name is derived from the words ‘Platform Leveraging Ultra Mobile’.

Finally, Telispire, a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), says that it has integrated Splitit’s Instalments-as-a-Service platform into its technology stack and billing system. The move means that Telispire’s MVNO partners can now offer instalments to their subscribers and clients without integrating new technology or managing complex lender relationships.

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Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United States, Congstar, High Mobile, mobilezone, Noitel, Plum, TalkTalk (Switzerland), Telispire