The Communication Commission of Georgia is working to introduce mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in the country in 2021.
An MVNO is an operator that does not have its own radio network, and relies on the radio network of another operator to provide mobile communication services to its users.
At the Internet Governance Forum of Georgia held last week Veronica Bocarova, principal analyst of independent regulatory intelligence provider Cullen International said that while the telecommunications market is mature, investments have already been made, the market is fully saturated and competition is not growing, regulatory commissions should make it mandatory to allow the introduction of mobile virtual network operator (MVNO).
Bocarova said that the mobile virtual network operators do not threaten the market, on the contrary, according to her the international practice shows that MVNOs bring new opportunities.
In case of switching to MVNO operator, there is no need to change the network, users remain on the old network again and MVNO operators still retain wholesale revenue, while new players use the resources of existing operators, but they will be able to offer better service terms to customers”, Bocarova said.
Bocarova says she studied the Georgian market and can say that ‘there are niche markets that might better serve new players’.