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Plintron Enters South America’s Largest 60+ Billion US$ Telecom Market

Plintron Enters South America’s Largest 60+ Billion US$ Telecom Market SINGAPORE and SAO PAULO, Apr 25, 2017 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) — The latest foray sees seamless Launch in Brazil; Correios Cellular Commercial Plintron, the world’s largest multi-country MVNE/MVNA has announced the latest country launch that sees its presence expand to all the six major continents with the start of ... Read More »

MVNO BLOG guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

MVNO BLOG guide to the week’s virtual operator developments Argentina is poised for a wave of virtual operator activity following the formal licensing of Virgin Mobile Argentina and media group Teledifusora earlier this month. The concession awards were included in the Boletin Oficial on 4 April and 5 April, respectively. The duo will join fellow MVNO licensee, Buenos Aires-based cableco ... Read More »

MVNO giant Lycamobile to launch in SA

MVNO giant Lycamobile to launch in SA One of the world’s largest mobile virtual network operators, Lycamobile, will launch services in South Africa, Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos revealed at a media briefing on Tuesday. Though Dos Santos declined to reveal details about the launch, he confirmed the UK-headquartered company will launch an MVNO on the back of Cell ... Read More »

CRTC says No to “backdoor MVNO” Sugar Mobile

CRTC says No to “backdoor MVNO” Sugar Mobile The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has confirmed that recent moves to regulate wireless roaming in Canada do not require incumbents to support competitive business models based on “permanent” roaming. Background Slightly over a year ago, Ice Wireless, Inc. (Ice) applied to the CRTC for relief in a dispute with Rogers ... Read More »

Brazil’s Postal Service to Launch MVNO at Last

Brazil’s Postal Service to Launch MVNO at Last Brazilian state postal service Correios is set to launch its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) operations next month, beginning with the city of São Paulo. Belo Horizonte and federal capital Brasília will be next in line for the service. The goal is to reach all the states in the country by the ... Read More »

Android Grows in Major Markets; iOS Rises in China

The latest smartphone OS data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that for the three months ending August 2016, market share for both Android and iOS grew in EU5, representing 78.1% and 17.3% of smartphone sales, respectively. In the US, iOS increased 2.5 percentage points to 30.9%, but declined in Urban China, falling to 13.5% of smartphone sales. Android dropped 1.7 ... Read More »

Mobile Payment Becomes a Daily Activity in China

Mobile payment has become a daily activity in China with the mobile wallets of AliPay and WeChat dominating those from handset makers like Apple, Huawei and LG according to the latest research from the Media and Services UX, (MSX) group at Strategy Analytics. Thee quarters (75%) of mobile payment users in China stated they use mobile payments in physical stores ... Read More »

Ericsson and Vodafone M-Pesa simplify safe water payments

Ericsson has announced that its M Commerce Interconnect (EMI) service will simplify mobile money payments and cash collection between mobile wallet provider Vodafone M Pesa and businesses. The first deployment under the deal will connect M-Pesa with the growing network of Grundfos safe water kiosks throughout Kenya and Tanzania, with other countries to follow. This integrated payment service simplifies payment ... Read More »

Worldwide Spending on VPA-Enabled Wireless Speakers Will Top $2 Billion by 2020

End user spending for the worldwide virtual personal assistant (VPA) enabled wireless speaker market will reach $2.1 billion by 2020, up from $360 million in 2015, according to Gartner. By 2020, 3.3 percent of global households are forecast to have adopted a VPA-enabled wireless speaker. “Last year, the VPA speaker market essentially consisted of end-user spending focused entirely on Amazon ... Read More »