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EAFM welcomes PosteMobile as a new member

EAFM welcomes PosteMobile as a new member

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

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EAFM, the European Association of Full-MVNOs is pleased to announce PosteMobile as its newest and first Italian member. PosteMobile, the telecommunications branch of the postal service company Poste Italiane, entered the market in 2007 and quickly became the country’s largest MVNO, serving more than 3.300.000 clients.

PosteMobile has started commercial operations in Italy in November 2007. The MVNO has strengthened its position by offering a wide range of integrated innovative services and being a major investor and job creator in the market. Present on both the consumer and the business segments, PosteMobile is a proximity enterprise operating through the country’s 14.000 post offices. PosteMobile provides innovative offers associating telecommunications with financial services, with the possibility to link the SIM card with a Banco Posta’s means of payment or credit card. PosteMobile is therefore Italy’s biggest MVNO, with more than 50% market share, while being the leading Italian operator in remote financial services, with one million customers using the service and more than 250 million euro of annual payments made through the SIM card. PosteMobile was honoured at the 2013 “MVNO Industry Awards”, organised by Informa Telecoms and Media, as the “most innovative MVNO” and “most successful MVNO”.

Jacques Bonifay, chairman of EAFM, states: “we are very pleased to welcome such a prominent new member within our association, strengthening our voice to promote the innovative business models brought forward by MVNOs. PosteMobile’s position on the Italian market is an excellent example of how we can foster innovation in the telecoms sector, to the ultimate benefit of users.”

EAFM has the goal to create a more openly accessible market for MVNOs, in order to contribute to the growth of the fast-moving mobile sector and to ensure that consumers and businesses have a range of diversified and innovative services to choose from.

EAFM represents those companies that have negotiated Full-MVNO agreements with host MNOs. Our members in that sense have achieved commercial independence from their hosts, deploying their own network elements. EAFM was created in June 2012 and is currently composed of Liberty Global (incl. Virgin Media), EI Telecom (NRJ Mobile), Telenet, Transatel, Voiceworks, Cyta Hellas and PosteMobile. Therefore, the activities of EAFM members span across more than 14 countries and serve millions of consumers who conscientiously choose more innovative services at attractive retail prices.

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European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy: ensuring an open and accessible mobile market for all operators

European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy: ensuring an open and accessible mobile market for all operators

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Uncategorized |

European Commissioner for Digital Single Market presserThe European Association of Full Mobile Virtual Network Operators (EAFM) welcomes the launch of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy. As innovative and cross-border mobile virtual operators, our members support this ambitious initiative aiming at making Europe a world leader in the digital economy. EAFM however strongly calls on the European Commission to ensure that the review of the regulatory framework for telecommunications ensures that all operators are able to compete, offering a wider range of diversified services for the full benefit of consumers and businesses.

The European Commission has stated on numerous occasions that telecommunications is the backbone of a genuine digital single market. We believe that allowing all market players to compete – including Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) but also smaller and more agile and cross-border Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) – is crucial for the development of a healthy telecoms single market in the European Union.

MVNOs have positive effects for users and for investment where they are present. Full MVNOs in particular provide an important competitive stimulus, for the ultimate benefit of end-users. MVNOs buy airtime from host MNOs on the wholesale market, assuring the MNOs additional revenues which they can invest in radio access network infrastructure, without causing costly duplication of network assets.

We believe that the future telecoms framework must be in line with decisions taken in application of competition law. The European Commission enhanced Full MVNO access as a remedy in its recent decisions on 4 to 3 telecoms mergers in Austria, Ireland and Germany. Full MVNO access is considered a long-term solution (to monitored and reviewed) and is key to preserving competition, and needs to remain a focus in the regulatory framework for telecommunications.

Any undue focus on supporting large network operators, to the detriment of smaller and more agile operators, and/or continuing to permit high wholesale charges for international roaming, will seriously disadvantage MVNOs in their efforts to provide competitive international roaming. Fact is that EAFM members were the innovators, being the first providers of multi-country/multi number offers, and of inclusion of roaming destinations in the retail bundle. Any undue focus on supporting large network operators will also threaten MVNOs’ domestic market position as challengers of the telecoms incumbents, providing competitive prices and innovative services as first movers.

As the European Commission is launching its Digital Single Market Strategy, and its subsequent review of the telecoms framework, EAFM calls on the European Commission to create a more openly accessible market for all operators, in order to contribute to the growth of the fast-moving mobile communications sector, to ensure that consumers and business users have a wider range of diversified services to choose from and to develop competition on the retail mobile market to their benefit.

EAFM represents those companies that have negotiated Full-MVNO agreements with host MNOs. Our members in that sense have achieved commercial independence from their hosts, deploying their own network elements. EAFM was created in June 2012 and is currently composed of Liberty Global (incl. Virgin Media), EI Telecom (NRJ Mobile), Telenet, Transatel, Voiceworks and Cyta Hellas. Therefore, the activities of EAFM members span across more than 13 countries and serve millions of consumers who conscientiously choose more innovative services at attractive retail prices.

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BEREC workshop on oligopoly analysis

BEREC workshop on oligopoly analysis

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) held a workshop on Oligopoly Analysis and Regulation on 25 February in Berne, Switzerland. It aimed at fostering discussions regarding the application of the current regulatory framework to oligopolistic situations and their impact on market regulation.

In his speech, Jacques Bonifay, chair of the European Association of Full-MVNOs (EAFM), has stressed the need for long-term remedies to current market unbalances, based on a genuine reform of the wholesale scheme. As acquisitions between Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) reduce the supply on the mobile telecommunications wholesale market, an appropriate regulation is needed to ensure the competitiveness of all market actors to avoid oligopolistic environments. Jacques has insisted that remedies determined by regulators should be reviewed and adapted over time according to market realities.

The workshop gathered industry’s stakeholders and regulatory authorities officials. The full workshop agenda is available here: http://bit.ly/1CYiPZO ; a summary of the event from the BEREC official twitter account can be found here: http://bit.ly/1G0GtT8

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