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

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21 Nov 2022

Germany has a new budget MVNO in the form of DR.SIM. The newcomer, which is a subsidiary of Klarmobil, piggybacks on the Vodafone Germany network and offers an entry-level monthly tariff priced at just EUR9.99 (USD10.35) per month for a 24-month period. Klarmobil, itself a part of freenet, has offered MVNO services since September 2005.

Elsewhere in Europe, Plintron says it has successfully implemented a VoLTE launch in Italy over the public cloud and developed and deployed an in-house IP multimedia subsystems (IMS) platform based on standards defined by 3GPP and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Plintron’s MVNE platform was upgraded to accommodate the network elements of IMS in addition to existing network elements and the project was completed in September 2022 without any downtime to subscribers. The multi-host VoLTE solution currently supports nine Italian MVNOs. (Note: Plintron offers connectivity via the Vodafone Italy network.)

US cableco Cox Communications has reportedly expanded its mobile coverage area beyond three initial test markets. Cox Mobile launched in August in Hampton Roads, Virginia; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Omaha, Nebraska. Last week Cox expanded its service footprint to include Louisiana, the Gulf Coast, Central Florida, Middle Georgia and Northern Virginia. A company spokesperson told Light Reading it will continue launching in remaining markets ‘on a rolling basis throughout the rest of the year’. The MVNO service is only available to Cox’s existing fixed broadband customers.

Finally, Verizon Communications has announced the formation of a new unit known as Verizon Value, which will operate within the company’s Consumer Group division from 1 January 2023. The new unit will oversee the telco’s ‘value and pre-paid’ brands, including Verizon Prepaid, sub-brand Visible and the entire portfolio of brands acquired via Verizon’s USD6.25 billion 2021 takeover of TracFone Wireless, including StraightTalk, Safelink and Total by Verizon. Angie Klein, who currently serves as the CEO of Visible and the chief revenue officer of TracFone and Verizon Prepaid has been appointed as SVP and President of Verizon Value.

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Germany, Italy, United States, (freenet) klarmobil, Cox Communications, DR.SIM, Plintron, Verizon Communications

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