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Tele2 announces German MVNO agreement

STOCKHOLM, Sweden—Tele2 announced a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreement in Germany with Viag Interkom. Tele2 will use Viag's mobile network to provide the air interface for Tele2's fixed-line customers.The agreement will allow Tele2 to offer combined fixed and mobile services. The service is...

Tele2 announces German MVNO agreement

STOCKHOLM, Sweden-Tele2 announced a mobile virtual network operator agreement in Germany with Viag Interkom. Tele2 will use Viag's mobile network to provide the air interface for Tele2's fixed-line customers.The agreement will allow Tele2 to offer combined fixed and mobile services. The service is expected...

Tele2 launches Dutch MVNO service

HELSINKI, Finland—Tele2, the Swedish mobile telecom headquartered in Stockholm, has reinforced its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) strategy in Europe through the launch of MVNO services in the Netherlands. Tele2 is purchasing network capacity from the Dutch mobile operator Telfort, which is a subsidiary...

U.K. cell-phone operator to cut staff

OXFORD, United Kingdom—The staff at Deutsche Telekom-owned One 2 One, one of the United Kingdom's four cell-phone operators, has been warned that a major strategic review is under way within the company and this would lead to job cuts. While the company has denied...

Virgin Mobile launches service in Singapore

SINGAPORE—Virgin Mobile launched service in Singapore on Friday, the first Asian market in which it has launched its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service.Virgin Mobile partnered with SingTel Mobile last year to provide MVNO services in Singapore and other Asian markets. Virgin Mobile currently...

Sprint, Virgin Mobile seal deal

LONDON—The mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) business model has arrived in the United States.Sprint and Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group officially announced their teaming, a saga that has been in the works for several years. Virgin Mobile USA will offer its popular pay-as-you-go wireless...

MVNOs in the U.S.: who will win and how … and will it be worth it?

During the past 15 months there has been growing interest in the United States around mobile virtual network operators, best known as MVNOs. The idea behind MVNOs is that companies with strong brands, powerful distribution or compelling content/applications (ideally all three) negotiate wholesale access...

Talking with NextWave CEO Allen Salmasi

While lawyers have spent the past four years wrangling over the fate of Nextwave Telecom Inc.'s 93 C- and F-block licenses, the wanna-be telecom company has been moving ahead with its plans to build out and launch its network. With the U.S. Court of...

French supermarket chain considers MVNO move

OXFORD, United Kingdom-Carrefour, the giant French hypermarket firm, has appointed KPMG to advise it on plans to become a mobile virtual network operator. The company is reported to have approached the three mobile operators in France and was said to have conducted in-depth discussions...

MVNOs begin to infiltrate Europe’s mobile market

BUCHAREST, Romania-Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) are a new and hopeful concept in the European communications market. The region's mobile market is growing, with strong potential for new operators.The largest problem faced by European operators hoping to break into new markets is limited available...

Resale: on the edge of change?

As the wireless industry is rocked with one huge acquisition, spectrum auction and technological development after another, a small-and often overlooked-market segment continues to operate just below radar. Resellers have quietly been activating wireless customers for the past few decades, but some say they...

Promise of auction windfalls lures European governments

GENEVA-The sky-high third-generation (3G) license fees generated by the United Kingdom's May auction are having serious repercussions for European operators seeking a pan-regional presence. Governments on the mainland are rejigging their own forthcoming Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) license allocations to take advantage of...

MVNOs are coming to the U.S., driven by wireless e-commerce

Driven by the collision of wireless and the Internet, wireless e-commerce represents the single most powerful market disrupter of this decade. It will entice new "virtual" operators that will help redefine both the nature of wireless competition and the business and operational models required...

Service-provider acquisitions fuel competition debate

DUBLIN, Ireland-Service providers and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) are viewed by many network operators as parasites feeding off their infrastructure investment. At the same time, many consumers view them as developers of value-added services that drive down costs in the market.Service providers do...

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