UK-based mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Lycamobile has announced that it has launched in the United States. Although the reseller offers nationwide GSM coverage, its operations will be concentrated in 18 states, including New York, Florida, Texas and California. Subaskaran Allirajah, chairman of Lycamobile, commented: ‘Since opening discussions surrounding a launch in the US, the appetite for our proposition has been overwhelming. It is this enthusiasm for the service that has led to our biggest launch yet and on 18 March 2013, low-cost international calls from Lycamobile will be available across the country’. The MVNO claims that it has acquired over 30 million customers across Europe and Australia in the seven years since its inception, and notes that the expansion to the US will increase the company’s presence to 16 countries worldwide.
Although Lycamobile makes no mention of its network partner, online journal Pre-Paid MVNO claims that the MVNO has signed a deal with T-Mobile USA, as had previously been rumoured. Further, it suggests that the terms of the agreement grant Lycamobile access to the host’s in-deployment Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.