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Tele2 Netherlands to become fourth Dutch MNO

Dutch MVNO Tele2 will become the Netherlands’ new mobile operator, having acquired 2x10MHz of 800MHz spectrum in the Dutch spectrum auction that concluded on 14 December. The company paid Eur160.81 million (US$211.65 million) for the two blocks; together with its existing holdings in the 2.6GHz spectrum, Tele2 will be able to roll out its own … Continue reading

Orange Spain acquires Simyo MVNO

In a move aimed at strengthening its position in the Spanish market, Orange has acquired the Spanish operation of MVNO Simyo. The MVNO, which is already hosted on Orange’s network in the country has around 380,000 subscribers, was previously owned by Dutch operator group KPN. A source close to the deal told Telecoms.com that Orange … Continue reading

Post Event Report Now Available @ MVNOs Industry Summit Middle East

The inaugural MVNOs Industry Summit Middle East took place on 4th- 5th December in Dubai– the latest addition to the renowned international MVNOs Industry Summit Series. The event was co-located with the 17th annual Middle EastCom, providing delegates with an unparalleled opportunity to learn from and network with the wider digital audience from the region. … Continue reading

Tracfone introduces a new brand, Telcel America

Tracfone, the largest US MVNO with brands such as StraightTalk and Net10, is adding another brand to its collection: Telcel America. This new brand is centered around offering unlimited calling and texting to international destinations such as Mexico, and the name identifies the tie between US and Mexico; America Movil owns 100% of both Tracfone … Continue reading

Sprint to help Dish launch its MVNO?

Aside from using it to operate its own businesses like Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, Sprint also leases its network to third parties like Ting, FreedomPop, Republic Wireless, Voyager Mobile and Elevate. That, however, isn’t enough with the carrier now approaching Dish Network to help them establish their own wireless company using Now Network’s airwaves. … Continue reading

Virgin Mobile taps I-New, Comsys for Colombia MVNO launch

Virgin Mobile Latin America has selected the MVNO-in-a-box  service from I-New Unified Mobile Solutions and Comsys Telecom & Media for the launch of its MVNO service in Colombia. Virgin has selected I-New as partner for the supply and delivery phase for the complete IT and telecom Infrastructure. The MVNO in a Box platform is designed … Continue reading

Sub-Saharan Africa offers third parties a tortuous route to mobile use

Mike Roberts Principal Analyst, Americas Informa Telecoms & Media FreedomPop is a radical new MVNO backed by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom that employs a “freemium” business model based on a free but limited mobile broadband service and paid-for premium services. It launched in the US in late September 2012 with a free mobile broadband service … Continue reading

OBIC acquires majority stake in MVNO Renna

Oman Brunei Investment Company has bought a majority share in Omani MVNO, Renna Mobile. The stake and the monies paid remain undisclosed. Renna is the second leading MVNO in the market, operating on Omantel’s network. The investment will help the company expand in the country and possibly into other markets in the region, potentially competing … Continue reading

Deutsche Telekom denies reports of MVNO agreement with 1&1

Deutsche Telekom has denied reports that it has reached a mobile services agreement with ISP 1&1. A Telekom spokesperson told the dpa news agency that no agreement has been reached between the companies. This follows a report from ‘Focus’ business magazine that 1&1 had reached an agreement to operate as an MVNO on the Telekom … Continue reading

Red Bull Mobile the Ayrton Senna of Aussie telcos?

Red Bull Mobile, an “MVNO” or “mobile virtual network operator” using the beleaguered Vodafone network, has unveiled a $30 per month “unlimited” plan with 5GB of data, but is it setting up customers for a big crash? Red Bull Mobile is an MVNO or mobile virtual network operator that is obviously licensed to trade off … Continue reading