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Blycroft Publishing’s MNO Directory has become a staple of global industry knowledge for keeping track of who operates where. Telecoms analysts have been using this directory since its first launch back in March 2006. Each new edition builds upon the work of the previous, with this year’s Americas edition containing 162 mobile network operators (featuring both management contacts, network technology and subscriber data) and 4G for the first time.
This directory tracks mobile network operators; companies which mainly provide mobile voice services as their core activity using their own licensed spectrum frequencies across their own network of base stations. WLL, MVNO, WiFi and WiMAX (MNOs which also provide WiMAX are tracked) only operators are not included in The MNO Directory.
Research for the directory has been conducted in house throughout Q4 2010 for release January 2011. Subscriber data has been extracted from operators and regulators. WiMAX information has been extracted from the Blycroft WiMAX Directory, published September 2010.
Information such as network technology has been retained from previous editions, while fields such as ownership have been used as a guide to either confirm or replace information with the latest the research team could find. Management contacts are either as publicised by the operators or have been referenced within trade media during September 2010 to January 2011. All data, including subscriber data is provided on a where possible basis and is provided to assist in building a profile of each MNO.
Sample pages within the brochure provide an accurate and fair demonstration of the level of data presented.
Profiles contain company contact information, ownership and network technology information, subscriber data and management contacts. It is not always possible to provide 100% complete profiles, please view the samples included with this profile to see what a typical profile contains.
Contact info: Main telephone number(s), fax number, address and brand URL. Where a main telephone number is not available and the company has not offered one, we have listed a customer service number or similar rather than no number. In some instances this is in fact a main number too.
Ownership: Name of parent company and URL.
Network tech: GSM/CDMA/iDEN, GPRS, EDGE, 3G and included new for 2011, 4G (LTE and WiMAX). The directory contains a lot of network technology information including HSDPA, HSUPD and HSPA+. Please note the directory does not provide a definitive listing of all active operators for each technology, the directory does not aim to list networks in trial status phases.
Management: Over 750 contacts across 162 MNO profiles.
The MNO Directory 2011 (GLOBAL) contains over 3,300 named management contacts. These people are selected from the MNOs’ senior management teams and feature job titles such as President, CEO (Chief Executive Officer), CFO (Chief Financial Officer), CTO (Chief Technology Officer), CCO (Chief Commercial Officer) CMO (Chief Marketing Officer), Executive and Senior Vice Presidents plus other senior positions. It is not feasible to provide direct email or telephone numbers for these people so you will not find these within the directory; to get such information would require the individuals to volunteer their correct contact information for 3rd party marketing, which is something a senior executive will not do. (Be wary of any directory claiming to have this data as direct lines change too often to track and a large proportion of senior managers do not use standard format e-mail addresses, making these impossible to guess.)
We have not listed the same person twice, even though they may manage multiple MNOs across different countries. The majority of profiles with no named contact are based within small island nations, are very small players or are managed by a larger operator elsewhere.
Asia: Bangladesh - Bhutan - Brunei Darussalam - Cambodia - China - Diego Garcia - Hong Kong - India - Indonesia - Japan - Japan (Okinawa) - Kazakhstan - Laos - Macau - Malaysia - Maldives - Mongolia - Myanmar - Nepal - North Korea - Pakistan - Republic of South Korea - Singapore - Sri Lanka - Taiwan - Thailand - Timor-Leste - Uzbekistan - Vietnam
Pacific: American Samoa - Australia - Cook Islands - Fiji - French Polynesia - Guam - Kiribati - Micronesia - Nauru - New Caledonia - New Zealand - Norfolk Island - Northern Mariana Islands - Saipan - Palau - Papua New Guinea - Philippines - Samoa - Solomon Islands - Tonga - Vanuatu
The MNO Directory 2011 has been research in house, lead by Mark Thomas, who has lead all of the research for the directory series since 2006 (MNO Directory, MVNO Directory, WiMAX Directory, and the Fixed Line Directory). Other in house material has been extracted from Africa & Middle East Telecom week, mainly the subscriber data for this region.
The first stage of creating a new edition of the MNO Directory is to verify the list of operators is still valid. The researchers use several telecoms news feeds which track global changes. For this edition the researchers examined articles from March 2009 to January 2011, adding new operators, removing defunct entries and amending all those noted as changing ownership, names or launching new technology. Operators may however choose to action technology or ownership changes without notifying the media.
The second stage is the main research stage which may take the form of Internet research or contacting the operators directly. Every operation is examined individually and updated as best possible. The main sources of information are MNO websites, parent companies, company filings, interim and annual reports, media / press releases, regulator pages and data, other trade media as well as blogs, conference companies and social networking sites. Where the last 3 sources are utilised the researchers have sought to find a secondary source to verify against. When the data file has been fully researched an e-mail merge is sent to the media contacts as identified by the research, profiles are then updated of those who reply.
During the editing and proofing process the researchers cleanse the data further by removing obvious errors and enriching where possible. The team would like to continually update the data but due to the nature of the data involved at some point the directory has to be released; indefinitely updating and improving it is detrimental to the overall research. This whole process began October 2010 and was concluded January 10th, 2011.
Blycroft does not accept liability for any losses resulting from purchasing or using this directory and notes that accuracy of information within the directory is based upon information presented by the operators themselves.