Charter, Time Warner, Bright House To Launch MVNO?

MVNO Earlier this week, the FCC approved the three-way merger of Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks in a deal worth approximately $66 billion dollars. As part of the documentation associated with the deal, the FCC provided the market with some insight into the plans that the new Charter business may have,

TalkTalk profits halve in cyber attack fallout

TalkTalk TalkTalk’s boss Dido Harding said the budget broadband provider has “bounced back” from a vicious cyber attack, despite revealing that profits halved at the telecoms company last year. The firm, which was targeted by hackers last October, saw pre-tax profits plunge to £14m in the year to March, from £32m a year earlier, as

MVNO Defense Mobile stops accepting new customers, undergoing ‘business transition’

MVNO Defense Mobile article source fiercewireless Defense Mobile, an MVNO that first came to market in 2013 targeting active and retired U.S military and their families, is in the midst of a “business transformation” and is not currently accepting new customers. However, a company spokesman said that the MVNO hopes to resume activating new customers

EU Commission fails to seize opportunity to fix UK’s MVNO space

MVNO UK Recently, the European Commission was criticised for not using the opportunity provided by the Three and O2 merger to fix the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) space in the UK. The regulator blocked Three’s takeover of O2, saying that it would increase prices while reducing choices for customers. If the merger had taken

European Commission blocks O2-3 merger deal in UK

O2 Three UK The European Commission has blocked Hutchison CK’s proposed acquisition of Telefónica UK (O2 UK), which would have reduced the number of mobile network operators (MNOs) in the United Kingdom from four to three. As Julian Watson, director, operators, IHS Technology says, the merger of Hutchison CK’s 3 unit with O2 UK would,

Japan’s Soracom raises $22m in Series B led by repeat investors WiL, Infinity Venture

Soracom Tokyo-based IoT communication platform developer Soracom Inc has raised 2.4 billion yen ($22 million) in a series B fundraising round from World Innovation Lab (WiL), Infinity Venture Partners and other investors. With the latest investment round, the total financing in the company has touched 3.1 billion yen ($28 million). WiL and Infinity Venture Partners

TalkTalk Eyes Business Fibre And Mobile Growth As Cyberattack Hangover Continues

TalkTalk TalkTalk profits slump as cyberattack aftershocks continue to be felt, but it wants to build advanced mobile network services and double business unit TalkTalk continues to feel the aftershocks of the devastating cyber-attack it suffered last year as profits slumped from £72 million in 2015 to just £2 million in the 2016 financial year.

TalkTalk says back on track after cyber attack

TalkTalk British broadband operator TalkTalk (TALK.L) said it had bounced back from a customer data theft in October, stabilizing its customer base in the final quarter after 95,000 subscribers left following the breach. The company, which positions itself as a low-cost option against BT (BT.L), Sky (SKYB.L) and Virgin Media (LBTYA.O), said its customer base

FCC filings for Charter Communication. Scheduled to offer 300,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots, and potential MVNO service

MVNO Wi-Fi The FCC approved Charter Communications’ blockbuster acquisition of fellow cable operators Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks this week, and in its lengthy filing approving the deal the agency acknowledged that the companies may well pursue some kind of wireless strategy, including possibly launching an MVNO service. You can download the filing

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

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: 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

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

Numerex Corp. (NMRX) Releases Quarterly Earnings Results, Misses Estimates By $0.07 EPS

Numerex Corp Numerex Corp. (NASDAQ:NMRX) posted its earnings results on Monday. The company reported ($0.12) EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.05) by $0.07, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Several equities analysts recently commented on the company. Canaccord Genuity downgraded Numerex Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and cut

Teleena, Airfi partner to provide IoT solutions

Teleena IoT Teleena, a global Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) enabler, has announced a strategic partnership with Airfi, a global connectivity service provider to the IoT sector, to provide a diverse range of IoT solutions. The new strategic partnership will help customers by simplifying both the technical and commercial aspects

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

New 4G MVNO launching in Singapore

4G MVNO A new 4G MVNO is launching in Singapore that aims to give consumers a new way to interact and consume telco services. Digital telco Circles.Life will target the data savvy consumer segment in Singapore. The operator will use M1’s infrastructure under an MVNO model similar to the one Virgin Mobile had with Singtel

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

Investors Take Note: A New Player Has Entered Singapore’s Telecommunications Industry

MVNO M1 Ltd (SGX: B2F) is the smallest of Singapore’s three telecommunications companies, with the other two being Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SGX: Z74) and StarHub Ltd (SGX: CC3). Last week, it was reported in the press that M1 has signed a leasing agreement with Circles.Life that will enable the latter to offer telecommunications services via