Industry leading MVNO/E solution provider to present a series of innovations to the dynamic LATAM market.

MVNO/E solution I-New to present first time ever Social Media features and compelling MVNO/E business offerings at the 2016 MVNOs Industry Summit LATAM, Mexico City. I-New Unified Mobile Solution, recently awarded as “Best MVNE – Enabler of MVNOs” at the MVNOs World Congress, will showcase at the MVNOs Industry Summit Latin America, taking place in…

XL Axiata, Indosat Ooredoo form joint venture in Indonesia

XL Axiata The new firm will provide consultancy services for future collaboration between the two telcos Indonesian telecom operator XL Axiata announced it will enter a joint venture with compatriot operator Indosat Ooredoo to provide consultancy services in future network collaboration between the two firms. The JV is dubbed PT One Indonesia Synergy. “The purpose…

IoT Platform Provider Soracom Raises $22M in Its Series B Round of Funding, Looks to Expand Into U.S. And Beyond

IoT Tokyo-based Soracom, a startup that provides a communications platform for connected device developers, announced on May 11 that it has raised $22 million in its Series B round of funding. World Innovation Lab and Infinity Venture Partners led the initiative. Soracom claims that it will use the funding to rapidly deploy its services around…

Oasis Smart SIM and Airfi announce strategic partnership to leverage global IoT opportunities

IoT Oasis Smart SIM, the expert in embedded USIM operating systems, cellular service and connectivity activation solutions for M2M, Internet of Things (IoT) and consumer devices, is proud to announce its partnership with Airfi, a global connectivity service provider to the IoT sector. The new strategic partnership leverages Oasis’ embedded connectivity and subscription management solutions…

T-Mobile collaborates with ETECSA to offer affordable calls, roaming to Cuba

T-Mobile Roaming T-Mobile has announced that it has entered into inter-connect and roaming deal with the Cuban telecom firm Empresa De Telecommunicaciones De Cuba, S.A. (ETECSA). The collaboration aims to provide T-molibe’s American customers visiting Cuba more affordable voice calls to reach their friends and family on the island nation. Once the agreement comes into…

Republic Wireless touts new smartphones, hints at GSM expansion

MVNO Republic Wireless MVNO Republic Wireless said it plans to add 7 GSM-based smartphones in July, to go along with plans for a GSM-based cellular partner Wi-Fi-first mobile virtual network operator Republic Wireless continues to bolster its service offering, announcing plans to add new smartphones to its device lineup and again hinting at expanded cellular…

Lycamobile’s opaque tax affairs confounding its own auditors

Lycamobile KPMG says it has not been given satisfactory information by telecoms firm, which is a huge donor to the Tories Lycamobile, the largest donor to the Conservative party, uses a complex web of offshore and UK companies so opaque that its own auditors cannot account for £134m of assets. The financial affairs of the…

BRIEF-Drillisch expects 40 pct EBITDA increase for fiscal 2017

Drillisch AG * Drillisch AG posts substantial growth in subscribers, revenues and gross profit * And confirms EBITDA forecast 2016 * Drillisch Q1 revenue up 74.8 pct on year to 173.4 mln eur * Drillisch Q1 EBITDA 24 mln eur, from 26.9 mln eur * In comparison with same period last year, Q1 service revenue…

Peru: Virgin Mobile to start operations in mid-year 2016

Virgin Mobile By mid-2016, fifth mobile operator Virgin Mobile will start operations in Peru, Transport and Communications Minister Jose Gallardo announced. “Virgin Mobile informed us that commercial operations will be launched in mid-2016,” Gallardo indicated. It must be noted the said portfolio awarded the UK-headquartered company a 20 year concession for the provision of services…

Three/O2 merger opponents rue missed opportunity

Three O2 Three owners CK Hutchison has come under fire for failing to use its takeover of O2 to fix the UK MVNO space. The Phone Co-op praised the European Commission for making the right decision in blocking the deal after remedies put forward by Hutch failed to impress. CEO Vivian Woodell expressed disappointment that…

BRIEF: UK mobile market keeps its four operators, but M&A unlikely to stop

three O2 UK The European Commission has blocked the consolidation of the UK mobile market, rejecting the proposed merger of the number four, 3 UK, and the number two mobile player, O2. The EC believes that competition would suffer if the UK became a three-player market. Both the UK regulator, Ofcom, and the UK Competition…

EU & Competition Law Review 11 May 2016

Telefonica On 4 May 2016, the EU Merger Working Group (“MWG”) published a report, including comparison tables, on information requirements for national merger notifications in the EU Member States and Norway. The report provides some basic knowledge on MWG members’ information requirements for initial merger notification and also aims to provide context for the type…

BRIEF: FNB launches free WhatsApp on FNB Connect

FNB Connect WhatsApp South Africa’s FNB has announced that its FNB Connect subscribers are able to use WhatsApp free since 1 May. This will run as a promotion on the mobile virtual network operator until 31 July. During this period, customers will be able to use WhatsApp without incurring data charges. Customers are not required…

Telecoms, Power and Transport Infrastructure Investments Highlight Bright Spots for Economic Diversification in Sub-Saharan Africa, IHS Says

MVNO Telecoms has strong foundation for growth in East Africa; More than 600,000 people to migrate to key urban areas in Kenya’s Rift Valley At the World Economic Forum on Africa, IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of critical information and insight, announced new analysis on bright spots for economic diversification in sub-Saharan…