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Nokia launches ‘premium’ mobile service (Japan)

Nokia of Finland has launched a ‘premium’ mobile service in Japan using its high-end Vertu handset brand as a platform and piggybacking on NTT DoCoMo’s network to provide MVNO services to customers. The world’s biggest handset maker says the new service will be run by Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) as a managed service, allowing the MVNO to introduce value added services (VAS) without the need to invest in its own software, equipment, human resources and skills.

In November 2008 Nokia announced it was withdrawing from the Japanese mobile handset market, blaming the decision on its inability to make inroads in a country that heavily favours locally-developed technologies. However, the vendor said at the time it would continue to market its high-end, niche mobile phone Vertu. The announcement came just days after CommsUpdate reported that Nokia had revealed plans to enter the mobile market in Japan this year through an MVNO partnership with DoCoMo. 

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January 27, 2009 at 18:42 Leave a comment

MVNO collective Libre Choix warns government to choose wisely on fourth 3G licence (France)

The French MVNO collective Libre Choix, which brings together a number of companies including Poweo, Altergaz, ipnotica Telecom, Gaz de Paris, Adrexo and Tele2 Mobile, has suggested the government should consult with MVNOs before it considers awarding the country’s fourth and final 3G licence. The group is keen to see the licence go to a new market entrant, saying such a move ‘would be the opportunity of a real market opening today locked by the oligopoly of the three incumbents’. Libre Choix believes that if a fourth operator is given free reign to enter the sector, ‘real competition’ will follow in the short term via MVNOs. Although Libre Choix welcomes the government’s willingness to accelerate the implementation of measures [i.e. awarding the fourth licence] to help revive the French economy, it stresses that splitting the frequency blocks on offer among the existing incumbents would not materially help achieve this goal.

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January 27, 2009 at 18:34 Leave a comment

Anacom awards Portugal’s 4th mobile license to RNT

Portuguese telecommunications sector regulator Anacom has officially awarded the fourth mobile telephony operator license to Rede Nacional de Telecomunicacoes (RNT). RNT, which submitted the only bid on the tender for the fourth operator last October, is 85 percent owned by UK-group Telephony Holding and 15% by Portuguese operator Radiomovel. The operator plans to invest EUR 40 million in the project and should launch by the end of 2009. RNT is aiming for national coverage, using the frequencies between 450 and 470 MHz, and has set an initial target of 300,000 clients. The new operator will compete with TMN, Vodafone Portugal, Optimus and Radiomovel, as well as with MVNOs Phone-IX and Zon Mobile. 

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January 23, 2009 at 14:19 Leave a comment

Another retailer joins MVNO ranks (Poland)

Biedronka, the supermarket chain owned by Portuguese group Jeronimo Martins, has launched as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), according to Polish website http://www.di.com.pl. The resold mobile service is being offered under the brand ‘Tu Biedronka’, over the network of Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC). French-owned retail chain Carrefour already offers MVNO services in Poland under the Mova brand, and says it has signed up over 30,000 active customers since launching last April, a figure it plans to increase to 100,000 this year. According to figures quoted by di.com, at the end of the third quarter of 2008 ten MVNO operators in Poland shared 165,000 active users, or 0, 4% of mobile end-users in the country.

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January 20, 2009 at 18:23 Leave a comment

Boost Mobile Announces Cheap Unlimited Voice, Data Deals

In a move that could launch a price war, Boost Mobile, the MVNO running on Sprint’s smaller Nextel network, is launching a USD50 per month unlimited mobile package from 22 January. The offering includes unlimited calls and texts and will be in direct competition with Leap Wireless International and MetroPCS Communications, which both have similarly priced packages. Boost claims after some taxes and other charges are taken into account it will be cheaper than Leap and MetroPCS and substantially cheaper than Verizon Wireless and AT&T, which both offer unlimited voice services for USD99 a month. The service will even be available without a contract, with Boost targeting consumers who use their phones mostly for voice calls and texting rather than accessing the internet because Nextel’s iDen network has slow mobile internet speeds. Boost currently covers a potential customer base of 274 million people, while Leap and MetroPCS plan to have coverage of about 200 million people between them by 2010.

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January 16, 2009 at 18:02 Leave a comment

MVNO user bases reaches 3.5m in 3Q08 (Netherlands)

The popularity of the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) business model continues to grow in the Netherlands, with the total number of customers signed up to one of the country’s 50 or so virtual providers reaching 3.51 million at 30 September 2008, up 10% year-on-year. According to Telecompaper MVNOs accounted for 17.3% of all SIM cards on the market at that date, up from 17.0% a year earlier. A number of new players entered the sector in the six months to end-September namely Easer Mobile, Tok Toe Mie, Youfone and Internet Overal, while several others closed down their MVNO operations. In addition, more entrants have since launched commercially in the country or announced plans to launch in early 2009, such as Blyk and Telesur, the Dutch group said.

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January 15, 2009 at 17:37 Leave a comment

Virgin Mobile loses two biggest distribution channels

Virgin Mobile has lost its two biggest distribution channels following the collapse of retailers Zavvi and Woolworths. Zavvi went into administration on 24 December, threatening at least 3,400 jobs. Five of the 22 stores closed by Zavvi’s administrators, Ernst and Young, last week – in Torquay, Liverpool, Gillingham, Chatham and High Wickham – contained Virgin Mobile concessions.

The company currently has just 20 Virgin Media standalone shops and 83 branded concessions in Zavvi stores. A Virgin Mobile spokesman said the 11 Virgin staff that worked in the five stores have been redeployed within the Virgin Media group. The remaining 92 stores will stay open for the time being, with a 50% off sale that began last Friday (9 January). It is not known what will happen to the 270 Virgin Mobile staff that still remain. Zavvi, formerly Virgin Megastore, was formed after a management buyout of the Virgin Group division in 2007. It is the UK’s largest independent entertainment retailer.

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January 15, 2009 at 17:35 Leave a comment

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