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Equity Bank, Equitel and Effortel deliver Africa’s first MVNO bank

MVNOs Effortel and Equitel are joining forces to provide Kenyan mobile subscribers with a new integrated banking service. To be delivered by Kenya’s largest retail bank Equity Bank, the partners claim this will be Africa’s first integrated banking approach delivered over a mobile network. Effortel will manage the technical and administrative aspects of Equitel’s MVNO … Continue reading

MVNO ROK Mobile gets a third carrier partner, likely Verizon, and plans retail expansion

MVNO ROK Mobile added a third carrier partner, likely Verizon  Wireless, and announced plans to expand to as many as 10,000 retail locations by the end of 2015 through partnerships with independent dealers. ROK said in statement that it “has added the nation’s largest and most dependable 4G LTE network to its roster, expanding its … Continue reading

Project Fi review calls network transition ‘magic,’ but dings MVNO for lack of devices

Google’s Project Fi MVNO, which uses Wi-Fi hotspots for calling and data in addition to cellular connections from Sprint and T-Mobile US, is still an invitation-only offering right now. Yet the first professional review of the service by a major publication has emerged, and it’s a mixed bag, mainly due to a lack of devices … Continue reading

Virtual mobile network Helio makes a comeback after absence of 5 years

Helio was operational for a four-year period – from May 2006 to May 2010 – as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) on the Sprint network. In mid-2008, Helio was purchased by MVNO Virgin Mobile for $39 million. MVNO Helio is back in action under the control of South Korean telecom firm UBI Telecom, and … Continue reading

Liberty Wireless confirms MVNO deal with M1 in Singapore

Liberty Wireless, a regional MVNO, has reached an agreement with Singapore’s third largest mobile operator M1 to use its mobile network to launch voice and data services towards the end of the year. Liberty, which will use the Circles Asia brand in Singapore, said in a statement it “aims to transform the regional telecommunications industry … Continue reading

MVNO Monday Q&A – Lebara Group

In the first of a regular series, TeleGeography spoke with Imran Aziz, Head of International Strategy at Lebara Group, regarding the company’s business model and future plans. When did you launch operations, who is your network provider, and has this partnership remained unchanged ever since? Founded in 2001, the Lebara Group has built a trusted … Continue reading

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

UBI Telecom, which claims to ‘deliver an ideal mobile experience for Korean-speaking customers in the USA’, has resurrected the HELIO mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) brand, which was phased out following the company’s 2008 takeover by Sprint. HELIO initially launched in May 2006 as a joint venture between SK Telecom and EarthLink, only to be … Continue reading