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

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31 Oct 2022

US cable giant Comcast has announced that its Xfinity Mobile MVNO passed the five million subscriptions milestone on 27 October – just over five years after the service’s commercial launch. Dave Watson, CEO of Comcast’s Cable unit, commented: ‘We couldn’t be prouder of the exceptional mobile service we built with Xfinity Mobile and the impact it has had today with five million customer lines and counting.’ (Note: Comcast ended the third quarter with 4.948 million MVNO subscriptions.)

Sticking with the US, chief rival Charter Communications claimed 4.677 million Spectrum Mobile subscriptions as of 30 September 2022. Charter’s third quarter mobile revenue totalled USD750 million, an increase of 40.2% year-over-year.

South of the border, Mexico’s Megacable reported 410,255 MVNO subscriptions at 30 September, which represented 65,000 net additions compared to 3Q21. Of the most recent figure 335,000 were post-paid accounts, and the cableco says it is working to disconnect inactive pre-paid lines.

Elsewhere, Italy will soon have a new MVNO in the form of Ehiweb Mobile, an offshoot of Bologna-based ISP Ehiweb. The newcomer will utilise the Vodafone Italy network for connectivity, with a commercial launch earmarked for November. Ehiweb, which launched in 2004, currently offers ADSL, FTTx and VoIP services.

Finally, over in Australia, Telcoinabox, part of Symbio Holdings, has announced that Telstra Wholesale 5G mobile services are now available to resellers via its platform.

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