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Korea to accept bids for 4th mobile licence in August

South Korea’s government, following its announcement a month ago that it will issue a fourth mobile licence, said it plans to deregulate the industry and start accepting applications in August. The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) said in late May it would soon introduce measures to pave the way for a fourth operator. … Continue reading

Tottoli GSM shows platform for starting online MVNO services

Tottoli GSM, a provider of fixed-mobile services, has introduced a platform for launching online MVNO services in Russia, reports Cnews.ru. The new platform enables any company to launch MVNO services. Light MVNO, Pro MVNO and Full MVNO busienss models are accessinble using the platform. The offer is targeted at various businesses, including producers of mobile … Continue reading

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

The UK Post Office has entered the consumer mobile market with its new pay-as-you-go mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service. Post Office Mobile, which piggybacks on *EE*’s network and uses Transatel as a mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE), intends to leverage the Post Office’s 11,780 branches for distribution purposes. The new MVNO’s strap-line is ‘Pay … Continue reading

Sierra Wireless Buying IoT-Focused MVNO

Sierra Wireless is buying European mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) MobiquiThings to give its Internet of Things ambitions a boost. Sierra Wireless Inc. will pay €14 million (US$15.7 million) in cash for the operator with a perfomance-based bonus that extends through 2017. The deal is expected to close in August. MobiquiThings is a French startup MVNO … Continue reading

Chilean MVNO Simple plans to expand to Mexico, Colombia

Chilean MVNO Simple has plans to expand its service to other Latin American countries such as Mexico and Colombia, reports Diario Financiero, citing Simple’s general manager Victor Fernandez. “The idea is to replicate this scheme in all other countries,” said Fernandez, going on to describe Mexico’s relatively low mobile penetration rate and Colombia’s MVNO-friendly environment … Continue reading

Mobilicity backers make bid to remain operating as mobile virtual network

Amid reports that both Rogers Communications and Telus are making offers to Industry Canada for Mobilicity, some of its employees and founder John Bitove are making a new suggestion that could save jobs and leave it as a working wireless carrier. In a news release Monday, Bitove and a group of Mobilicity employees said they had … Continue reading

Slovak MVNO Postatel to start in autumn

A new MVNO called Postatel, based on a cooperation between the operator Swan and Slovak Post, will start in Slovakia in the autumn. Swan and Slovak Post will probably use the network of Slovak Telekom, reports Zive.sk. Swan won LTE frequencies in an auction a year and a half ago, and has now started testing … Continue reading

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

Colombia’s Comision de Regulacion de Comunicaciones (CRC) has launched a consultation regarding the streamlining of the regulatory processes affecting new mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in the country. Issues under discussion include the promotion of new market entrants, number resource management and quality of service (QoS). Comments are welcome until 3 July 2015. As of … Continue reading

Maxcom signs MVNO deal with Telcel

Mexican telecoms operator Maxcom has announced that it has signed an agreement with Telcel (America Movil) to launch an MVNO covering 93 percent of the country’s territory. In a statement to Mexico’s market regulator, Maxcom confirmed it will have full control over the mobile services offered under the new MVNO. Maxcom already has an agreement … Continue reading

MVNO FreedomPop rejects M&A offers, gets $30M in funding and plans for a second U.S. carrier partner

After months of speculation, Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is not going to be bought by anyone after all. Instead, the company declined multiple takeover offers, raised $30 million in new funding and will continue expanding domestically and internationally. FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols also said that in 2016 the company will add another U.S. carrier partner. FreedomPop’s Series … Continue reading