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…

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…

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…

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…

Lycamobile launches 4G in Australia

Lycamobile, 4G, Australia Lycamobile has today launched 4G data services across its Australian network after expanding its partnership with Telstra Wholesale. The new deal will see the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) expand its mobile offering to provide a 4G coverage footprint of 95% of the Australian population and a combined 4G and 3G coverage…

Australian MVNOs disputes Overcharging

source innovationaus Australian, MVNO Mobile Virtual Network Operators are the forgotten victims of rampant overcharging and anti-competitive behaviour at the heart of the telco battle about whether or not domestic mobile roaming should be declared. In a blog post, Telstra’s Group Executive of Corporate Affairs Tony Warren said “it is an issue that is generating a…

Optus and Nokia sign MoU to collaborate on 5G

Optus, Nokia Australia’s Optus has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nokia to collaborate on the network evolution to 5G. As the two companies collaborate on the development of 5G, a key project will be a 5G trial using Optus’ 3500MHz spectrum, a globally harmonised band by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for mobile…

MNF Group Secures Mobile Virtual Mobile Network deal with Telstra Wholesale

MNF Group, Mobile Virtual Mobile Network, Telstra Wholesale Australian telecommunications provider MNF Group Limited (ASX:MNF) announced today it has secured a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deal with Telstra Wholesale (ASX:TLS) (OTCMKTS:TLSYY). MNF Group can now expand its service suite to include 4G and 3G mobile services across its Domestic Retail and Domestic Wholesale Segments…

Yonder & Beyond liquidates MeU Mobile in 4G push

Yonder & Beyond, MeU Mobile Technology asset accelerator, Yonder & Beyond Group (ASX:YNB), has liquidated its MeU Mobile business as part of a push to restructure its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) assets. Yonder & Beyond held a 45 per cent stake in the MeU Mobile MVNO business as of August last year. The liquidation…

Vodafone Australia confirms mobile outage caused by router issue

Vodafone Australia A router issue resulted in Vodafone customers being unable to use data over 4G services, with resulting congestion over 2G and 3G voice and text messaging services then occurring. Vodafone Australia has confirmed that a 4G mobile outage affecting data, voice, and text messages occurred over the weekend, with most services restored as…

Vodafone acquires ethnic MVNO Lebara Mobile Australia

Vodafone, MVNO, Lebara Mobile Australia Vodafone Australia has announced purchasing mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Lebara’s Australian mobile business assets, (130,000 subscribers) with the telecommunications provider to take ownership of its customer base and branding within Australia. As Lebara has been a Vodafone-connected MVNO since 2009 — having been connected to the Vodafone 4G network…

IIJ to offer the IIJmio service on au 4G connection

IIJ, IIJmio, au, 4g

Japanese internet access and network services provider Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) has added the IIJmio Mobile Service Type A-a mobile data communication service that accesses au’s 4G LTE network to the IIJ’s mobile service line of mobile data communication services for individuals. The service will be available starting 1 October.

9 in 10 Aussie teens now have a mobile (and most are already on to their second or subsequent handset)

Handset ‘Just put that thing down for five minutes please’. ‘Look at me when I’m speaking to you’. ‘Not at the dinner table’. ‘Well where did all the last lot of credit go?’ ‘It’s me again, I need to know what time you’ll be home, call me back’—If you’ve said any of this recently, chances…

Amaysim buys AusBBS to enter fixed broadband market

Amaysim, AusBBS Deal worth $5.45 million will be completed in late August. Mobile virtual network operator Amaysim has revealed plans to become a fixed-line broadband retail service provider through a $5.45 million takeover of retail service provider AusBBS. The agreement sees Amaysim pick up AusBBS proprietary IT systems, with the low-cost MVNO citing the “scalable…

Five Australian MVNOs get 4G on Vodafone’s network

Five, Australian, MVNO, 4G, Vodafone Vodafone Australia has enabled access to its 4G network for five of its local MVNO partners. Vodafone announced that the five MVNOs will be granted access to the LTE service within the next two weeks. The five MVNOs are Lebara, Macquarie Telecom, Hello Mobile, GoTalk and Pivotel Prepaid Many MVNOs…

FLEXIROAM Launch of ‘Flexiroam X’ for Data Roaming

FLEXIROAM X Perth, FLEXIROAM Limited (ASX:FRX) is pleased to announce that it’s subsidiary FLEXIROAM Sdn Bhd (“FLEXIROAM”) has launched its new flagship data roaming product, “X” today. The “X” App is a mobile application which works with “X”, a thin, microchip-embedded film to be applied on a user’s existing SIM. Once applied, “X” provides access…

Nextgen reboots cloud distribution strategy

Nextgen Nextgen has rebooted its Oracle cloud distribution strategy with a new joint venture based on the same transaction and provisioning engine that powers iiNet’s billing. Sydney-based Nextgen, which recently dropped the word “distribution” from its brand, has forged the 50:50 deal with the local agent for the Infonova billing engine. PREMIUM CONTENT: Please Login,…

Australian Telco & MVNO Macquarie Telecom adds Telstra 4G for business customers

MVNO Macquarie Telecom Wholesale provider Macquarie Telecom, is upgrading its customers to 4G for free, through Telstra’s extensive 4G network. Macquarie Telecom has announced that it will become the first business-to-business telecommunications provider to offer 4G mobile services across Telstra’s network. NEW PROMOTION: click here for details. PREMIUM CONTENT: Please Login, or subscribe for access.…

Telco startup OMG Mobile is a mobile virtual network operator looking to capture the youth market through experiences

OMG Mobile MVNO Despite the high prices, often poor coverage, slow internet speeds, and lack of perks we get from our telecommunications providers, the level of smartphone penetration in Australia is among the highest in the world, meaning our telcos are able to make a lot of money out of us for doing, well, not…

Vaya’s Price Guarantee promises savings (but you have to find a plan that qualifies)

Vaya MVNO Vaya’s latest salvo in the low-cost MVNO space offers plans at competitor rates plus a free month, but the devil is in the detail. Vaya’s latest promotional effort for its low-cost mobile services revolves around a scheme that’s probably familiar to many consumers; find a lower price than an existing Vaya SIM-only plan…

ACMA relaxes global roaming notification rules

ACMA Australia The regulator has changed the rules about when and how your telco has to tell you about roaming charges. Here’s what you need to know. The subject of global roaming charges is always a prickly one, because nobody particularly likes being charged more to use their mobile when they’re out of the country.…

FINDING DIFFERENTIATION FOR MVNOS – PART 2

MVNO What’s working strategically for MVNOs? We’re seeing more segmentation in the general consumer market, more customised offers designed to attract particular segments and also, more demand for integrated business mobility driving enterprise segment offers too. Increasingly, MNOs see MVNOs as partners. Filling in solutions for sub segments, which mobile network operators can often find…

Woolworths shows way forward for retailer MVNOs

Woolworths Previously Woolworths had been offering a prepaid plan on the Optus network, but Optus decided to stop with a number of its resellers in 2013, as it felt that the simple minutes and SMS propositions were no longer right for the increasingly data-orientated mobile market. In June 2015 Woolworths relaunched a prepaid plan on…