The evolution of the MVNO: Why now is the time for brands to take control

When the MVNO model first appeared, it was predicted that a wave of non-telecom B2C brands would seize the opportunity to diversify into mobile. With a few high-profile exceptions, the wave never came. The challenges were significant, not least  dependency on an often-inflexible relationship host network, and the complexity involved in building and managing the systems needed to make the service work.

Sky Mobile secures rights to use O2’s 5G network early

Sky Mobile has extended is MVNO agreement with Telefonica to ensure it has access to O2's 5G network when it’s ready to go live.

The mobile subsidiary of Sky’s business launched in 2016 and has seen explosive growth since in part due to its bundles with other services. Few companies are in a position to offer attractive quad-play bundles of broadband, landline, TV, and mobile services.

While research shows the consumer appetite for quad-play bundles, the lure...

Why the end of European roaming charges will spur new service innovation

After a protracted regulatory effort, the European Union has finally abolished mobile roaming charges. As of June 15, mobile network operators can no longer charge customers a premium for calling and using data while travelling in any of the 28 EU countries.

This is great news for European consumers, holidaymakers and business travellers who will not have to suffer “bill shock” when they return home. Mobile phone bills loaded with exorbitant roaming charges have a way of...

Lycamobile launches 4G data services across Spain

International mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Lycamobile has expanded its operating network agreement with Telefonica to launch 4G data services across its Spanish network, providing improved service to its 1.9 million existing customers.

Allirajah Subaskaran, chairman at Lyca Group, said: “The introduction of 4G services in Spain demonstrates our commitment to Lycamobile customers in the country, who will benefit from the availability of fast, high-quality...

Project Fi gets an international speed boost – but no global rollout yet

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Whilst us non-US denizens patiently wait for Project Fi to hit our shores, Google has improved their mobile network's international data speeds for those who currently have the service. 

Starting today, Google claims Project Fi subscribers have access to high speed data in 135+ destinations. This is a result...

Vodafone welcomes further MVNOs to its 4G network

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Vodafone Australia has announced that it will be welcoming several MVNOs to its 4G network after providing Kogan Mobile and TPG Mobile with access earlier this year. 

The latest set of MVNOs include Macquarie Telecom, Lebara, Pivotel Prepaid, Hello Mobile, and Go...

Hutchison offers £3bn of its network to woo EU regulators in O2 takeover

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Regulators are concerned about Three’s £10bn pound bid for O2 due to a reduction of players in the market; which could lead to less competition and increase consumer prices. The deal, if approved, would also leapfrog Three from the smallest mobile operator in the UK, in terms of subscribers, to the biggest in one fell swoop.

Hutchison, who owns Three in the UK, has announced several concessions in the past few months in a...

Regulators obsession with four MNOs per country is unfounded – leaves mergers dead in the water

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European regulators maintain that four network operators are required per country to ensure a high level of competition, and reducing that number will lead to higher prices for consumers. A new report from the analysts at Morningstar claims the evidence does not back it up, and leaves mergers like that being considered between O2 and Three, "dead in the...