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Snail sets pace in MVNO race

Amidst reports that prohibitively high wholesale fees will render China’s nascent mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) unable to function effectively, games developer Snail claims to be making progress with its Snail Mobile MVNO service. Asia OTT writes that the firm’s MVNO offerings utilise a ‘free model’ developed from its experience in the gaming market, whilst … Continue reading

Exclusive Speaker Interview with Yasser Redha Al Lawati, Omantel

In the lead up to the 3rd annual MVNOs Industry Summit Middle East, taking place 22-23 September 2014, Dubai, UAE, we spoke to several industry experts, who will also speak at the event. Please read below the interview with Yasser Redha Al Lawati, Senior Manager, National Accounts & Interconnection, Wholesale Business Unit, Omantel

Slim’s Mexico telecoms sale opens doors to competitors

(Reuters) – Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim’s plan to divest a chunk of his most valuable asset, phone company America Movil, could open Mexico’s telecoms market as never before to rivals. After a generation of enjoying a near-monopoly that allowed Slim to become the world’s richest man, he plans to sell parts of America Movil to … Continue reading

Telkom to open new branches in Taiwan, Macau

State-owned telecommunications provider PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) will open two new overseas branches this year, in Taiwan and Macau. Adding to the new branches, Telkom public relations vice president Arif Prabowo said that the company would proceed with a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) agreement, which would allow Telkom to forge cooperations with fellow network … Continue reading

Discounts completely undercut MVNOs, officials claim

Chinese mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) are struggling to make their mark on the sector as retail prices continue to sink lower than the wholesale costs levied on the virtual providers, Want China Times reports, citing Beijing paper the Economic Observer. China’s three network operators – China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom – have … Continue reading