MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

24 Jul 2017

Education-focused US MVNO Kajeet has stopped activating new consumer accounts and will terminate its service for existing customers on 23 August, it has been confirmed. A statement posted by the company noted: ‘We are thankful to the thousands of devoted parents who chose our cell phone service to safely connect and communicate with their kids over the years. We look forward to making a difference in the lives of schoolchildren for years to come.’ To soften the blow, the company has struck a deal enabling customers to migrate to fellow MVNO, TPO Mobile, receiving their first month’s service for just USD0.01. Kajeet executives told Fierce Wireless that the company will continue to deliver its school-oriented services, however. The company partners with more than 375 schools and districts to provide mobile broadband to low-income students. Kajeet launched back in 2003, and offers mobile connectivity via the Sprint network.

Clouditalia, an Italian provider of telecom and cloud computing services, has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of local MVNO Noitel. Announcing the deal, Clouditalia chief Marco Iannucci noted that the MVNO generated revenues of EUR4.4 million (USD5.1 million) in 2016, alongside EBITDA of EUR300,000. The virtual operator delivers services over the TIM network, and claims 35,000 subscribers.

Over in Russia, fixed broadband operator TransTeleCom (TTK), which is wholly owned by state railway firm Russian Railways, has activated its Tele2-powered MVNO in Rostov and Krasnodar, ahead of planned launches in selected cities in the Urals, Siberia, Central Russia and the Northwestern Federal District later this year. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s MVNO Monday, TTK will pay Tele2 a fee of RUB89.643 million (USD1.580 million) to gain access to its 2G/3G/4G networks, which cover 65 of Russia’s 85 regions. The MVNO will chiefly target Russian Railways’ one million-strong employee base.

UK news site ISPreview.co.uk has reported that Vodafone MVNO/sub-brand Talkmobile is in the process of adding 4G access for its post-paid subscribers. A Vodafone spokesperson clarified that the process is ongoing, and will be complete by 19 August. Previously, on 30 June this year, Talkmobile confirmed that it will be shutting down its pre-paid business by 31 August, encouraging users to migrate to Vodafone’s ‘Big Value Bundles’.

Irish MVNO Postmobile has tapped Netherlands-based mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) ASPIDER-NGI for the supply of advanced self-care functions, which will allow customers to perform top-ups without registering, change price plans, and get access to a detailed call history, all from an app.

Finally, UK-based mobile virtual network aggregator (MVNA) x-Mobility has informed TeleGeography that it has agreed a partnership with self-styled ‘freemium’ OTT TV provider TVPlayer, which means that it is now able to add TV streaming to its voice, text and data portfolio for would-be MVNOs.

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