Category Archives: MVNOs

Why is Tesco Mobile the UK’s most difficult mobile network to activate a mobile account with?

TelecomsMarketResearch has a fleet of phones, and they are used to test different network scenarios. A set of SIMs – with credit on them – had been deliberately not used for 9 months, and the intention was to see how … Continue reading

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How will Virgin differentiate its offering in Saudi Arabia? Branson needs more than a one-off stunt to make his mark

When Virgin Mobile launches a new operation, its founder, Sir Richard Branson, performs a spectacular stunt, such as jumping out of a hot air balloon or jet skiing into town. Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa (VMMEA) last week was … Continue reading

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Virgin Mobile RSA blames the market…but where’s the entrepreneurial flare?

This weekend in the South African ‘Sunday Times’ newspaper Virgin Mobile South Africa CEO Jonathan Marchbank blamed Vodacom and MTN for his firm’s lack of success, saying their ‘unregulated, anti-competitive behaviour’ was making it difficult for smaller players to enter … Continue reading

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Why have MVNOs not yet found favour in Africa?

So if Africa is the great emerging telecoms market – with some pretty mature markets in terms of technologies (3G, HSPDA, etc); services (notably Safaricom’s M-PESA and mobile money services now available) and high Mobile penetrations (South Africa and along the … Continue reading

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Is Branson losing his way in the Middle East and Africa?

When is a MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) not an MVNO; and does it matter? Or maybe the real question is: what is in a name?What got me pondering this particular question this morning was the news that ictQatar (the … Continue reading

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MVNO market triples in 5 years says MVNO Directory 2011

The 2011 edition of the MVNO Directory landed in my in-box last week – now in its fifth edition apparently – and listing some 645 operations globally. But what caught my eye was the fact that the publisher claims that the 1st … Continue reading

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Global MVNO markets will reach 186 million subscribers by 2015

22 March 2011 :: Dario Talmesio Western Europe and North America, both expected to grow in terms of MVNO subscription numbers, are not expected to see a radical shift in terms of market structure. The global MVNO market will reach … Continue reading

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Which MNO will be wooing Branson in the UAE?

TelecomsMarketResearch resides in the beautiful Chiltern Hills, which lie to the north west of London, and are about 20 miles from Heathrow Airport by fast car if London’s orbital motorway is running smoothly – which it is doing a little … Continue reading

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