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

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28 Nov 2022

A new MVNO known as Nebula Wireless is poised to go live in the US in January 2023. Nebula’s website confirms that the newcomer is working with mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) Plum, which utilises the T-Mobile US network for connectivity. According to industry blog Best MVNO, Nebula Wireless was founded by CEO Nathan Aymer, who has been working alongside business partner Chance Johnson to develop the brand for nearly two years. The venture – previously known as Family Co – is being bankrolled by an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign which has comfortably exceeded its original USD5,000 target.

Over in the UK Sky Mobile, the MVNO unit of pay-TV/fixed broadband provider Sky, has announced that it has reached the three million subscriptions milestone. Paul Sweeney, MD of Sky Mobile, said: ‘At a time where we are all trying to alleviate financial pressures, it’s more important than ever to ensure your mobile contract provides good value. We should all be checking our contracts to ensure our mobile provider is giving us the flexibility to evolve as our needs do.’ According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Sky Mobile launched in January 2017 over the O2 network. The MVNO notched up its two millionth subscription back in February 2021.

Sticking with the UK, Telecom Plus (trading as Utility Warehouse) has reported a mobile subscription base of 364,062 as of 30 September 2022, up from 306,738 one year earlier. The company notes: ‘Our mobile service, spearheaded by our highly competitive unlimited data SIM proposition, continued to grow rapidly during H1 (+12%). We have invested in improvements to both the provisioning experience, with better automation of our activation processes, and the in-life account management experience to drive advocacy amongst our mobile service users. We also extended our long-standing supply agreement with EE until 2028.’

Finally, Uganda has a new MVNO called Manda Mobile. According to local technology site TechJaja, the new player piggybacks on the 3G/4G networks of MTN Uganda and utilises an app (‘Manda App’) that has been designed by MTN Group.

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