MVNO Global Development
Nigeria (NCC) plans to license companies to operate as MVNOs in Nigeria. Earlier this week, the authority invited interested companies to submit applications for MVNO’s, which will be classified into five different levels: virtual operator, single facility operator, main facility operator, virtual aggregator/enabler and unified virtual operator. The regulator added that level 1-4 participants must pay 5% of the license fees as a non-reimbursable administrative charge, while level 5 participants [for concessions of unified virtual operators] must pay NGN50 million [ USD 119,127] non-refundable administrative fees prior to negotiations with the MNO’.
The Brazilian football club Flamengo has partnered with the service provider MVNO Surf Telecom to launch an MVNO aimed at Flamengo fans throughout Brazil. The new MVNO, known as FLA-CHIP, will roam on the TIM Brasil network and will provide subscriptions with free and unlimited use of specific applications.
Poste Italiane has confirmed that more than one million SIM cards have been sold online for its PosteMobile MVNO, escribe Mondo Mobile. The company stated that its service, which allows potential users to receive an immediate telephone call, contributed to the increase in sales.
The mobile virtual network aggregator (MVNA) based in EE. UU. PWG Network Solutions has signed an agreement for several years with T-Mobile EE. UU. The agreement improves the technology stack of PWG with the 5G network of T-Mobile, which allows PWG to provide solutions for MVNO customers in the segments of government, prepaid and IoT services.
In other parts of the EE. UU., the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed a fine of $100,000 against Q Link, an important provider of Lifeline services subsidized by the government, for an alleged security failure in its application that allows unauthorized access to data of the consumer. The FCC issued the Notice of Apparent Liability of $100,000 for a late response to initial/follow-up inquiries.
The MVNO Circles.Life, based in Singapore, received a fine of $199,800 from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for not performing sufficient customer identity controls to prevent fraud. An ACMA investigation found that Circles.Life violated the industry rules for mobile number portability 1787 times between August and December 2021, which resulted in 42 customers experiencing fraud-related issues. The company, founded in 2016 in Singapore, launched its services in Australia in 2019.
Telecommunications and Internet for All (TEIT), a subsidiary of the Federal Commission of Electricity of Mexico (CFE), launched an MVNO aimed at underserved regions to reduce the digital divide, offering a range of prepaid services for voice, data and message packets. The new MVNO of CFE TEIT operates on the open access LTE network ALTAN Redes (Compartida Red), which already hosts more than 100 MVNOs, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database (GCD). In the launch, the CFE TEIT MVNO service centers are distributed throughout the country in the smallest seats with the mission of avoiding direct competition with the existing operators. The GCD signals that the CFE supervises the ‘Internet para Todos’ (Internet for All) program, supported by the state, launched in 2022 and expanded to cover 3.4 million citizens in April. This month, CFE TEIT contracted with Hispasat LTE satellite backhaul in more than 60 remote seats.
Niger’s first future MVNO, Shap Mobile, has taken a big step towards the commercial launch with the granting of a Full MVNO license, informs Agence Nigerienne de Presse (ANP). A statement from the government says: ‘The Council of Ministers approved the draft decree granting the company Shap Mobile SARLU a license for the establishment and operation of Full MVNO for a period of five years’.
A new MVNO hosted by Telstra, Konec Mobile, entered the Australian market with a focus on low-cost services, informs CRN. Konec has the intention of providing a “complete solution” with integrated offers and associations with third parties for additional products and services. The first minority partner of the received receipt is the Big W, while a launch package offers the Essential SIM plan by Konec and an OPPO A57 smart phone for AUD199 (USD142).
By Abdul W Moghul