China MVNOs double user base to 43M through 2016

China, MVNO China’s 37 MVNOs more than doubled their subscriber base during 2016 to 43 million, which represents 3 per cent of the country’s mobile connections. According to C114.net, the largest MVNO Snail Mobile holds more than eight million subscribers, while seven players each have more than two million mobile connections. Combined, the eight operators…

Hong Kong MVNO, CMMobile pulled due to struggling mobile firm

CMMobile CMMobile, which has about 60,000 users, yesterday suspended its services after it failed to pay rent to Hong Kong Telecom for the use of the latter’s network. The Office of the Communications Authority received 137 complaints and inquiries by 5pm yesterday relating to the service suspension. CMMobile halted its services at 2am on Monday,…

Six business growth opportunities for Australian MVNOs

Australian MVNO International telecommunications research company OVUM reports on the global trends affecting Mobile Virtual Network Operators. Part one of their insight series looks at key new business areas worldwide. Anyone who works in the telecommunications industry in Australia knows of the intense competition among mobile service providers. With around 50 network and virtual network…

IIoT industry making headway in Asia Pacific, says Frost & Sullivan

IIoT In Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, developers of industrial automation and machine-to-machine systems are increasingly working together as the industry starts to grow, a new report from Frost & Sullivan has found. The analysts says that this collaboration will be crucial to the manufacturing value chain as the Industial Internet of Things (IIoT)…

Videocon to exit spectrum-oriented businesses by shutting down services in Punjab from Feb 15

Punjab was the only telecom circle where Videocon was still in operation after the telco sold its spectrum to Bharti Airtel for Rs 4,428 crore last year. Videocon Telecom, which operates under Quadrant Televentures in the Punjab telecom circle, will exit the mobile services business by shutting down its operations in the state effective February…

British and Malaysian firms seeking MVNA/MVNO partnerships with TOT

MVNA/MVNO, TOT YCAMOBILE AND ENABLING ASIA TECH IN APPROACHES TO STATE FIRM BRITISH COMPANY Lycamobile and Enabling Asia Tech from Malaysia have approached state telecoms company TOT on possible partnership deals, said Rungsun Channarukul, TOT’s senior executive vice president for the mobile unit. Lycamobile wants to be the state agency’s MVNO (mobile virtual network operator)…

Virgin Mobile seeking new CEO as Scribner moves to True Local

Virgin Mobile Virgin Mobile has started the search for a new CEO after the head of the telco announced he is moving to join Sensis’ True Local as CEO. Scribner was formerly the chief marketing officer of the Optus-owned Virgin business before being elevated to the CEO role in 2013. Sensis CEO John Allan announced…

HKBN to drive revenue growth, gain market share with bundled telecommunications services

HKBN Chief executive says recent initiatives have transformed firm into a competitive “quad-play” operator with broadband, traditional telephone, mobile and over-the-top streaming video services Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN), the city’s second-largest fixed-line residential broadband provider, plans to sharpen its focus this year on delivering more integrated services amid efforts to expand its business customers.…

International MVNE to launch on ASX tomorrow

International MVNE Australia-based international MVNE United Networks will list on the Australian securities exchange (ASX) tomorrow after completing an A$7.1 million IPO. United’s main product is a white label global roaming service operating over cellular, Wi-Fi and GPS networks worldwide, targeted at corporate customers including insurers, airlines, banks and travel agents. The company also offers…

China Mobile Hong Kong 4G Data Roaming Coverage Ranks No.1 in Hong Kong

China Mobile Hong Kong China Mobile Hong Kong (“CMHK” or “the Company”) today announced that the Company has ranked first* in the number of 4G data roaming coverage destinations among all the mobile network operators in Hong Kong, offering one-stop communication services in more than 100 destinations worldwide, allowing customers to stay in touch with…

CJ HelloVision offering extra discount for budget mobile service

CJ HelloVision CJ HelloVision will offer discounts up to 40 percent on its monthly fee over the next two years for its budget mobile service Hello Mobile, which is double those provided by the nation’s major mobile carriers, the company said Sunday. The discount is available for those who choose it over a handset discount…

New players to shake up Singapore mobile market

Singapore In 2016, telecoms regulator Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) endeavored to instill a fresh lease of life in Singapore’s mobile sector. The incumbent operators now face competition from two new players in a saturated market. Australian broadband provider TPG Telecom, one of the new players, won Singapore’s new entrant spectrum auction in December 2016…

NS Solutions and Aptilo Partner to Enable Wi-Fi for Carriers in Japan

NS Solutions, Aptilo Partner, Wi-Fi, Japan Systems integrator NS Solutions and Aptilo Networks have partnered to enable carrier Wi-Fi for operators in Japan. Customers include a Japanese tier-1 operator, which is using the Aptilo Service Management Platform™ (SMP) to provide advanced carrier-class Wi-Fi services to their partners and customers. Aptilo SMP is a state-of-the-art system…

TOT, CAT eye merger of mobile phone businesses

TOT, CAT STATE telecommunication agencies TOT and CAT Telecom have discussed a possible merger of their mobile-phone businesses to help ensure their long-term survival. CAT president Colonel Sanpachai Huvanandana said recently that after the merger, the two agencies would jointly ask the government to extend the validity terms of some of their mobile-phone spectra to…

Sterlite Tech looks to tap into India’s $4 billion MVNO pie

Sterlite Tech, INDIA, MVNO The company has also indigenously developed business and operations support system (BSS/OSS) solutions which would be fit for MVNO deployments across the country. NEW DELHI: Sterlite Technologies is looking to benefit from the government’s recent Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) policy, leveraging its newly-acquired unit Elitecore Technologies which has specific software…

RUSSIA MVNO Aiva Mobile plans expansion in 2017

RUSSIA, MVNO, Aiva Mobile Russian MVNO Aiva Mobile, belonging to the multi-service operator MTT, has announced that its subscribers base currently totals 80,000, reports Comnews.ru. Aiva Mobile provides services in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Finland, and it plans to start services in one of state in the Southern Caucasus in 2017. MTT launched commercial operation…

Pacific Special Acquisition Announces Merger with Borqs International Holding

Pacific Special Acquisition Pacific Special Acquisition Corp. (“Pacific” or the “Company”, NASDAQ: PAACU, PAAC, PAACR and PAACW) announced today that it has signed a definitive merger agreement with Borqs International Holding Corp (“Borqs”), a leading global provider of smart connected devices and cloud service solutions for the Internet of Things (“IoT”) industry. Upon closing under…

Korean MVNO Home Plus mulls scrapping budget mobile services

Korean, MVNO, Home Plus Korean MVNO Home Plus is considering pulling its budget mobile phone service, after three- and-a-half years. The Seoul-based discount chain said Monday it is currently talking with the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning over its license and 9,700 subscribers. “We are considering pulling our mobile phone services but nothing…

Two firms in race to be Singapore’s fourth telco

Singapore MyRepublic and Australia’s TPG Telecom will take part in new entrant spectrum auction later this year; third prospective entrant airYotta doesn’t meet pre-qualification criteria AFTER months of speculation, it’s final. Singapore will get a fourth telco next year and it will be a two-horse race between local broadband services provider MyRepublic and Australian telecom…

Vodafone continues losing customers as Telstra, Optus, Amaysim gain: Kantar

Vodafone, Telstra, Optus, Amaysim The no-contract segment is continuing to grow in popularity, with Optus, Telstra, Amaysim and Aldi Mobile benefiting while Vodafone, Virgin, and TPG’s total mobile customer bases shrank. Market research company Kantar has published the latest statistics on mobile market share in Australia, revealing that Telstra, Optus, Amaysim, Aldi Mobile, and Boost…

MVNOs Could be a Viable Alternative to Optus, Vodafone and Telstra

MVNO, OPTUS, VODAFONE, TELSTRA There are three main communication service providers covering more than 30 percent of Australia’s total area. Even though, of course, we all know there is an awful lot of empty spaces where nothing much lives at all, so the statistics are pretty much meaningless. Telstra, Vodafone and Optus the Main Providers…

Brief: Smart intros Smart Chat Abroad data roaming service

Smart Philippines mobile operator Smart Communications has expanded its lineup of roaming services with the launch of ‘Smart Chat Abroad’. Customers who subscribe to the Smart Chat Abroad data roaming service can use six chat messaging apps, namely Facebook Messenger, Viber, Telegram, WeChat, Line, and WhatsApp, while travelling in over 130 countries. The service is…

Hong Kong Broadband Network says annual profit more than doubled, targets accelerated growth

Hong Kong Broadband Network Telecommunications network operator sees bundled subscription campaigns, which include over-the-top video content and mobile services, driving its sales Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) is targeting accelerated revenue growth on the back of its latest business expansion initiatives, after posting solid earnings in its fiscal year to August 31. Chief executive William…

Thailands CAT Telecom to cut network leasing rates by 10%

Thailand, CAT Telecom Thai state-owned operator CAT Telecom will cut its wholesale 850-MHz network leasing prices by 10% to help the companies using the network under an MVNO model improve profit margins. CAT plans to implement the price cuts by the end of the year, the Bangkok Post reported, citing comments from president Col Sanpachai…