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5G: a vibrant competitive market is the best guarantee for optimal services take-up

5G: a vibrant competitive market is the best guarantee for optimal services take-up

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

The European Commission’s consultation on the coordinated introduction of 5G networks in Europe ended on 11 July. Our contribution aims at recalling the key role of MVNO in ensuring that investments for deploying 5G networks are best translated into actual benefits for the end-users.

It is clear that the considerable investments needed for the deployment of 5G should be incentivised. However, this cannot be done by means of deregulation or regulatory forbearance. Investment requirements do not as such justify forbearance from promoting competition, the internal market, end-user interests, and concomitant wholesale-level regulation (e.g. of national roaming/wholesale MVNO access). A vibrantly competitive market, including MVNOs – who need to be innovative to be able to exist on the market -, is the best guarantee to promote innovation, cross-border solutions and, crucially, take-up of services by users.

We are looking forward to the Commission’s actions aimed at encouraging the deployment of 5G in a healthy and competitive telecom market.

European Commission's vision of 5G

European Commission’s vision of 5G

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MVNO Europe expands reach with addition of IoT leader Sierra Wireless

MVNO Europe expands reach with addition of IoT leader Sierra Wireless

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Brussels – MVNO Europe grows with the addition of Sierra Wireless, a leading provider of IoT solutions. In addition to the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of 2G, 3G and 4G embedded modules and gateways, the company offers a wide array of smart services to connect IOT devices. 

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Sierra Wireless’ key business proposition is to deliver an integrated and trusted device-to-cloud experience. The Sierra Wireless Smart SIM and Connectivity Service is at the heart of this offer, by delivering multi-operators coverage, superior data service quality and resilience to outages for global, regional or local applications. The Smart SIM holds multiple operator agreements on a single card, meaning it is able to provide access to more MNO networks than any single roaming SIM.

Sierra Wireless takes advantage of the flexibility and agility of the full-MVNO business model, building on its M2M technologies expertise to offer seamless network connectivity in the IoT age.

Jacques Bonifay, chairman of MVNO Europe, said: “The Internet of Things has become a highly strategic segment for us: agile players like MVNOs drive innovation in this field, more than any others. We’re delighted to welcome a leading player in the IoT in our association, as debate at EU level is speeding up.”


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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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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