Tag Archives: MVNO

Roaming and MVNOs – too clever by half

Just a quick note to draw attention to a decision by BIPT, the regulator in Belgium here Lycamobile has been fined €30,000 for violation of the “roam like at home” requirements of the roaming regulation (contained in the 2012 regulation as amended in 2015). It appears that they were offering add-on bundles (at attractive prices) … Continue Reading

Spain – Competition Authority orders 4G operators to give MVNOs access

Author: Ceyhun Pehlivan, Associate, Madrid Spain’s Competition Supervision Authority (CNMC), currently in charge of both competition and regulatory matters has ordered the main Mobile Network Operators (MNO) in Spain, namely Telefónica (Movistar), Vodafone and Orange, to ensure wholesale 4G network access for the Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO). This decision is made in response to … Continue Reading

Significant changes to the UK mobile sector – the consultation on Partial Non-Spots

By Mike Conradi, Partner, Amanda Pilkington, Legal Director and Sophie Levett, Associate – UK A recent consultation paper from the UK government could have significant effects on the UK mobile sector. On 5 November 2014 the Government issued a paper [1]setting out a suite of proposed policies aimed at tackling “partial non-spots” in mobile phone … Continue Reading

MVNO – trends and contracts

By Amanda Pilkington, Legal Director (UK) and Mike Conradi, Partner (UK) Today’s news that the Post Office is to launch a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) in partnership with EE has led us to put together a few thoughts about the market and about MVNO contracts. Market trends Recent months have seen perhaps an increasing number … Continue Reading

Saudi Arabia’s telecoms market opens up for competition

What has happened? The telecoms regulator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has set a deadline of 4 May 2013 for companies to submit applications for three mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) licenses in the KSA, as the market opens up for further competition. The winners of the licenses will be announced twelve weeks … Continue Reading

OFCOM’s letter on number portability threatens MVNO and Telecoms Resellers’ businesses

A little-noticed public letter published on 7th December by OFCOM, the UK telecoms regulator, states that in their view resellers of telecoms services do NOT have the right to “port” all the numbers which have been allocated to them by another communications provider when, for example, they wish to switch to another wholesale provider. Only … Continue Reading

New EU Roaming Rules — Implications for MVNOs

New rules dealing with international roaming within the European Union came into force on 1 July and some of their detail has potentially significant implications for Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) who have already been in operation for some time, as well as for new ones. The third roaming regulation, like the previous two, places … Continue Reading