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MVNO Europe welcomes Sky as a new member

MVNO Europe welcomes Sky as a new member

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Brussels – Europe’s leading entertainment company has joined MVNO Europe as it prepares to enter the UK mobile market. We’re excited to support Sky in its efforts to offer its customers an innovative new mobile offer, including as part of an exciting new bundle.SkySky will build on its success as one of the UK’s fastest-growing home communications businesses. The addition of mobile will allow Sky to provide a full range of media and connectivity services to its customers.

Sky is already a renowned brand on mobile devices, having developed Europe’s leading mobile TV service in Sky Go. Sky Go lets millions of users across Europe watch a huge array of live and on demand content across multiple devices.

Under a deal with Telefonica, Sky will become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and offer mobile as part of its bundles of TV, home phone and broadband services.

Jacques Bonifay, chairman of MVNO Europe, said: “Sky’s already impressive offer to customers will be well served by the adoption of the MVNO business model. We’re looking forward working together for a pro-competitive, forward-looking regulatory framework in Europe”.


About MVNO Europe

MVNO Europe (previously European Association of Full-MVNOs) was created in 2012 to represent the interests of companies which are active on European mobile markets and are independent from established mobile network operators. Members includes Cubic Telecom, Cyta Hellas, Euro Information Telecom, Fastweb, Liberty Global, PosteMobile, Sierra Wireless, Sky, Transatel, Ventocom and Voiceworks.  Further information about the association is available on http://www.mvnoeurope.eu  or at +32 (0) 2 550 41 10 / info@mvnoeurope.eu

 

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Ventocom joins MVNO Europe

Ventocom joins MVNO Europe

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Brussels – We’re pleased to announce that Austria’s leading Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE) has joined MVNO Europe. Ventocom was founded in 2013 and allows vendors from outside the industry to access the mobile market in an effective and comprehensible way.

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The Austrian market is, since 2014, one of the few in Europe that experienced a reduction from four to three Mobile Network Operators (MNO). Ventocom success shows that guaranteeing MVNO access to the market is an appropriate way to maintain a strong level of competition while bringing more innovation on the market.

Ventocom has successfully established itself as the reference MVNE on the Austrian market. Partnering with the insurance giant Allianz and retailer Hofer, it has launched two rapidly growing mobile brands, Allianz SIM and Hofer Telekom. These brands hold, one year after launch, approximately 4% of the Austrian market share.

Michael Krammer, CEO and founder of Ventocom, stated: “We’re delighted to join MVNO Europe and collaborate with our counterparts in Europe. As we’ve done in Austria, we want to work at EU level towards a consumer-friendly, competitive and innovative market”.

Jacques Bonifay, chairman of MVNO Europe, said: “It is a pleasure for us to welcome Ventocom. Their success in Austria in a peculiar market context is inspiring to all of us and I am sure their support will only strengthen our voice as representatives of European mobile virtual operators”.

 


 

About MVNO Europe

MVNO Europe (previously European Association of Full-MVNOs) was created in 2012 to represent the interests of companies which are active on European mobile markets and are independent from established mobile network operators. Members includes Cubic Telecom, Cyta Hellas, Euro Information Telecom, Fastweb, Liberty Global, PosteMobile, Sierra Wireless, Sky, Transatel, Ventocom and Voiceworks.  Further information about the association is available on http://www.mvnoeurope.eu  or at +32 (0) 2 550 41 10 / info@mvnoeurope.eu

 

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Une coalition d’opérateurs mobiles européens alternatifs réclame la fin effective des frais d’itinérance

Une coalition d’opérateurs mobiles européens alternatifs réclame la fin effective des frais d’itinérance

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Uncategorized |

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Une coalition d’opérateurs de réseau mobiles (MNO) et d’opérateurs virtuels (MVNO) compétitifs accueille positivement la réduction significative des frais d’itinérance internationaux pour les usagers en Europe à partir du 30 avril 2016 – une première étape essentielle vers leur abolition totale.

Cependant, un travail important reste à effectuer de la part de la Commission européenne, du Parlement européen et du Conseil pour concrétiser l’engagement politique de la fin des frais d’itinérance en Europe au 15 juin 2017. Dans ce cadre, nous appelons à une forte réduction des plafonds actuels sur le marché de gros de l’itinérance dans l’UE afin de maintenir le niveau de concurrence pour les consommateurs.

La Coalition pour la fin effective des frais d’itinérance couvre près de 70 millions de cartes SIM à travers l’Europe et représente des opérateurs pro-concurrentiels tels que Free, H3G et Play, les membres de MVNO Europe (Cubic Telecom, Cyta Hellas, Euro Information Telecoms, Fastweb, Liberty Global, PosteMobile, Sierra Wireless, Sky, Transatel, Ventocom et Voiceworks), ainsi que les MVNO CoopVoce et TalkTalk.

L’abolition effective des suppléments d’itinérance en Europe dépend de la révision, par la Commission européenne, du marché de gros au niveau européen. Une telle révision est cruciale pour permettre à tous les opérateurs de rester compétitifs, de proposer des offres innovantes et bon marché aux entreprises et aux consommateurs européens. Il est indispensable que la Commission européenne propose un texte législatif d’ici le 15 juin 2016, au plus tard, pour réformer le marché de gros et accorder suffisamment de temps au Parlement européen et au Conseil pour conclure la procédure législative en amont de la date limite du 15 juin 2017.

Alors que les frais d’itinérance internationaux sur le marché de gros sont indûment plus élevés que les tarifs de gros domestiques, il importe que la réforme mène à une baisse drastique des plafonds tarifaires actuels tels qu’ils ont été fixés dans le Règlement « Roaming » de 2012 (c’est-à-dire le prix maximal qu’un opérateur doit payer lorsque ses clients utilisent un réseau étranger). Sans une réduction sensible des plafonds de gros, une part importante des opérateurs mobiles se verront contraints d’imposer des restrictions à leurs usagers lorsqu’ils voyagent en Europe, dans des clauses contractuelles complexes et non avenantes. Cela irait à l’encontre de l’intérêt des consommateurs, porté par la volonté forte du Parlement européen de supprimer définitivement les frais d’itinérance.

Les membres de la Coalition sont déterminés à poursuivre leurs efforts vers l’abolition totale des suppléments d’itinérance en Europe et à apporter plus de services innovants aux consommateurs européens dans un environnement télécom compétitif.

Contact

Morgane Taylor /morgane@mvnoeurope.eu / +32 (0) 2 550 41 10

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Competitive operators call for an effective end of roaming charges

Competitive operators call for an effective end of roaming charges

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A coalition of progressive mobile network operators (MNOs) and virtual operators (MVNOs) welcome the significant cut in the fees users pay when roaming in Europe from 30 April 2016, as a first step towards the total abolition of retail roaming surcharges.

However, a great deal of work still needs to be done by the European Commission, European Parliament and Council to deliver on the political promise to achieve roam-like-at-home across Europe by 15 June 2017. In this context, we call for a strong reduction of the current levels of the regulated wholesale roaming caps to allow all operators to compete on the market.

Roaming coalition: covers more than 70 million SIM cards across Europe and represents pro-competitive MNOs such as Free, H3G, RCS&RDS and Play, MVNO Europe members (including Cubic Telecom, Cyta Hellas, Euro Information Telecoms, Fastweb, Liberty Global (incl. VirginMedia UK and IE), PosteMobile, Sierra Wireless, Sky, Transatel, Ventocom and Voiceworks), and other MVNOs CoopVoce and TalkTalk.

The effective introduction of roam-like-at-home in Europe depends on a review, by the European Commission, of the wholesale roaming market. Such a review is crucial to allow all operators to fairly compete with each other and for smaller players to continue to offer price-competitive, innovative offers to European consumers and businesses. The European Commission needs to come up with a legislative proposal by 15 June 2016, at the latest, to review the wholesale roaming market to allow sufficient time for the legislative process with the European Parliament and Council to be completed for the 15 June 2017 deadline.

As European wholesale international roaming charges are currently unjustifiably higher than domestic wholesale prices, the review should radically reduce the levels of the current regulated wholesale roaming caps set in the 2012 Roaming Regulation (the maximum prices an operator has to pay to the visited network operator when its users are roaming abroad). Without any further steep reduction of the regulated wholesale caps, a large number of mobile operators may decide or be forced to impose restrictions to users when roaming abroad through complex and unfriendly contractual clauses. This would be a disappointing outcome for European users, and it should be avoided at all costs. It would also go against the European Parliament’s repeated calls to end roaming surcharges once and for all.

Coalition members are committed to pursue their efforts to enable the full abolition of mobile roaming surcharges in Europe and bring more innovative services to European users in a healthy telecoms market.

Contacts

Morgane Taylor / morgane@mvnoeurope.eu / +32 (0) 2 550 41 10

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Reforming the wholesale roaming market

Reforming the wholesale roaming market

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

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MVNO Europe has always strongly advocated the end of retail roaming charges in Europe. However, an effective ‘roaming-free’ Europe is conditioned to a substantial reduction of regulated international roaming wholesale caps.

Why does MVNO Europe demand a reform of wholesale caps?

 MVNOs do not host inbound roamers on their networks and hence are unilateral buyers of wholesale roaming access. Although significant purchases are made, MVNOs have essentially no bargaining power to negotiate international roaming deals with individual Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). Today, wholesale international roaming charges are a large multiple of domestic wholesale roaming prices and this should be considered alarming with a view to the introduction of roam-like-at-home (RLAH). In a context of gradual suppression of retail roaming surcharges, MVNOs face a risk of margin squeeze and thus market eviction, should the wholesale caps be not adequatly reduced.

How has MVNO Europe worked with policymakers?

Since 2013, MVNO Europe has advocated for a true Telecom Single Market and its members have been actively engaged in the decision-making process at European level.  Supporting the underlying assumption that a Digital Single Market needs a truly unified telecom market to thrive, we have recalled on many occasions that this must not be done at the expense of competition. As part of our engagement activities, MVNO Europe has responded to the consultation on measures related to the end of roaming surcharges in Europe, providing the Commission with evidences on how crucial a reform of the wholesale market is to smaller mobile operators.

What are the next steps?

 MVNO Europe continues to provide input to the European Commission to help in its on-going work to achieve the end of retail roaming surcharges. We also work on issues that are closely interlinked with the regulation of roaming, such as the convergence of Mobile Termination Rates and specific rules for Machine-to-Machine connectivity. Today, more than ever, we are dedicated to achieving a healthy competitive telecoms market.

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Fastweb joins MVNO Europe

Fastweb joins MVNO Europe

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

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Brussels – We are glad to announce that Fastweb joined our association this week. Fastweb is the largest alternative fixed-line telecommunications provider in Italy, offering ultra-fast fibre optic-based broadband, and is the country’s second biggest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Fastweb’s membership adds a new innovative and growing player to MVNO Europe, which will help us support fair competition and market access for the European Single Telecom Market.

Fastweb has been the first telecommunications provider in the world to build a next-generation full-IP network and the first company to offer all market segments its voice and data services and a series of value-added applications, leveraging on its infrastructure. In line with its history, Fastweb has decided to further extend its fibre optic infrastructure and, as of 2016, will reach 30% of the Italian population with its ultra-fast broadband.

Offering converging communications services is a core aspect of Fastweb’s strategy. Since it has signed a MVNO agreement with 3 Italia, the company is developing its own mobile offer and services, and has become the second biggest MVNO in Italy. Fastweb sustains a data-focused mobile strategy, supporting Italy as one of the first country in the world for smartphone usage: its mobile plans all include 5GB of mobile data, enabling all consumers to make the most of their devices.

On top of its mobile network access, Fastweb provides its customers with thousands of WiFi hotspots over the country, having launched a unique community WiFi solution in Italy, leveraging on its powerful broadband network. WOWFi is already active in 19 cities in Italy and is growing, contributing to Fastweb’s continuous growth in revenues and customers in 2015.

Jacques Bonifay, chairman of MVNO Europe, said: “It is a pleasure for us to welcome Fastweb, a company that demonstrates the relevance of the MVNO model in the Quad-Play age, offering an all-in connectivity solution with its cutting-edge fibre technology. We have been quickly growing this year, supporting our work to achieve a truly competitive Single Telecom Market in Europe, for the benefit of consumers and businesses”.

About MVNO Europe

MVNO Europe (previously European Association of Full-MVNOs) was created in 2012 to represent the interests of mobile virtual network operators active on European markets and which are independent from established mobile network operators. Members includes Cubic Telecom, Cyta Hellas, EI Telecom, Fastweb, Liberty Global, PosteMobile, Telenet, Transatel and Voiceworks.

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