MVNO Europe response to President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Call for European Telecoms Champions

Brussels, 6 June 2024 – MVNO Europe urges caution - and consideration for MVNOs - as a reaction to European leaders’ calls for consolidation in the...

MVNO Europe calls on the European Commission to keep competition at the core of any future reflection following the EC White Paper on the EU’s digital infrastructure needs

Brussels, 22 February 2024 – MVNO Europe is concerned about the competitive implications of the European Commission’s plans to foster spectrum...

Joint statement on network fees ahead of the informal meeting of EU Telecommunication Ministers

Brussels, 20 October 2023. Ahead of the discussion on the future of telecommunications at the Informal Telecommunications Council on 23-24 October,...

MVNO Europe signs a joint statement against network fees

Brussels, May 8th - MVNO Europe, together with other stakeholders including BEUC,, EDRi and VOD coalition, signed a joint statement...

emnify joins MVNO Europe

Brussels, April 18th – MVNO Europe is pleased to welcome emnify as its newest member. emnify operates a global network for IoT connectivity,...
Supporting Mobile Virtual Network Operators who are active in European mobile markets
Our goals:


  • Create a more openly accessible market for all MVNOs, so they can better contribute to the growth of the fast-moving mobile communications sector.
  • Ensure consumers as well as business users have a wider range of diversified services to choose from.
  • To boost competition on the retail mobile market to stimulate innovation in the telecom sector.

Who are we? 

What is an MVNO?

The acronym MVNO stands for Mobile Virtual Network Operator. These telecommunications service providers are called “virtual” as they do not own radio spectrum which, being a scarce resource, can be granted only to a limited number of operators, the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs in professional jargon). MVNOs therefore use MNOs’ radio spectrum-based transmission services together with related wireless network infrastructure (e.g. masts and antennas) to provide services to their customers.
MVNOs operate around 10% of all EU SIM cards
Our members serve around 20 million subscribers
MVNOs operate around 10% of all EU SIM cards
What we stand for?
    • Successful in differentiating themselves from bigger players that possess mobile networks
    • Leaders in Internet of Things (IoT) markets including automotive, end-user devices and industrial IoT
    • First-mover in unlimited 4G data offers (both mobile and fixed wireless)
    • Precursors of e-payment & telecommunications integration
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    • Challenging the status quo on markets that have historically been oligopolistic
    • Effective remedy to market concentration (i.e. mergers) which can negatively affect telecom end-users
    • Offer best value deals with tangible benefits for consumers in terms of lower prices
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    • Excel in customer satisfaction surveys
    • Smoothly adapt to clients’ ever-changing needs thanks to their flexible structure
    • Design tailored solutions for consumers and businesses that are not well-served by traditional operators (e.g. young and elderly people or SMEs)
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    • 5G will in turn enable MVNOs to develop high-quality connectivity platforms (e.g. for connected cars)
    • The money paid by MVNOs to gain access to the network can be re-invested by MNOs in state-of-the-art broadband infrastructure and in the digital development of challenge areas, where mobile connectivity is limited or non-existent
    • Selling wholesale access to MVNOs is a way for MNOs to offset costs and bring about economies of scale for better network utilisation
    • Enabling and promoting virtual operators is by far more environmentally responsible than promoting the build-out and operation of additional parallel physical mobile infrastructures, while also improving choice for end-users
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