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“We’re working to achieve fairer access conditions” – MVNO Europe at London Networking Congress

“We’re working to achieve fairer access conditions” – MVNO Europe at London Networking Congress

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Uncategorized |

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On 1st and 2nd November 2016, MVNO Europe secretariat and members participated to the MVNO Networking Congress in London. MVNO Europe debated with industry stakeholders key points concerning the MVNO sector: the end of retail roaming surcharges, the transition to 4G and 5G, and the business perspectives in IoT services brought by the new eSIM standard.

In a panel on roaming, Morgane Taylor, Policy Officer at MVNO Europe indicated that if the end of retail roaming fees could open opportunities for MVNOs with expected surges in traffic volumes, a lot of uncertainty remained on the wholesale roaming markets. The impact of ‘roam-like-a-home’ on MVNOs is unclear and will depend on the on-going negotiations at European level. The European Commission proposal on the table to review the EU regulated wholesale roaming caps will lead to serious disruption of competition and force MVNOs to withdraw their most generous data-led offers. Much work still needs to be done in the months to come to ensure that all operators, including innovative players such as MVNOs, can continue to compete on the markets.

Our member Franz Delpont from Euro Information Telecom debated, in a panel with MVNOs Talk Talk and Virgin Mobile Polska, on the future of communications services in light of the 4G transition as well as future developments on 5G. It is crucial for MVNOs to participate in the take-up of the latest standard and be able to provide cutting-edge technology to their customers. MVNOs are too often barred from offering higher value-added services and standards.

MVNO Europe Chair Jacques Bonifay (Transatel) gave exciting perspectives for MVNOs on the IoT segment, as the eSIM standard is being integrated. Nevertheless, MVNOs need to remain vigilant at business and policy levels as to make sure the value proposition will not shift to device manufacturers in the future.

We’re looking forward participating in future Informa MVNO Events, the MVNO World Congress in Nice, 24-27 April 2017!

 

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End of roaming surcharges: a corresponding ambition is needed at wholesale level

End of roaming surcharges: a corresponding ambition is needed at wholesale level

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

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The “Roaming Coalition”, bringing together European competitive operators representing more than 70 million SIM cards, calls for sustainable conditions on the wholesale roaming market to enable fair competition as retail mobile roaming surcharges are scrapped.

The caps agreed today amongst Member States go against the underlying economics of operators at wholesale level, with a cap for data at 10€/GB on the wholesale market, while common existing retail offers have prices as low as 1€/GB.

A need for coherence between retail prices, wholesale caps and wholesale costs is supported by the Body of European Regulators in Electronic Communications (BEREC), in its recent opinion on the draft FUP act and sustainability of the abolition of retail roaming surcharges: “Retail price ≥ wholesale charge ≥ wholesale cost […] since Roam-like-at-Home (RLAH) necessitates that international roaming retail prices are set equal to domestic prices, entails that domestic retail prices in all EEA Member States should exceed wholesale roaming charges and at the same time the wholesale roaming caps should exceed the wholesale roaming costs”. 

It can be seen from current retail offers on EU markets that the actual cost of supplying data at wholesale level is in fact much lower than claimed by the European Commission’s Impact Assessment, in particular for data. An International Telecommunications Union (ITU) report from 2015 shows that there are little justifiable additional costs, in practice, for the provision of international roaming compared to domestic roaming.

MVNO Europe has compiled figures comparing  EU institutions wholesale caps proposals, the Commission’s impact assessment and retail domestic data pricing in 7 EU countries, namely Spain, Malta, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia and Bulgaria.

It is also essential to note that the shift to 4G-LTE means that the average price per GB will continue to decline sharply in the next years.

In this context, the Coalition welcomes and supports the draft report on the revision of the rules for wholesale roaming markets presented by the European Parliament Rapporteur MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, as well as today’s agreement in Parliament on a glide path for data caps. The report proposes strong reductions of wholesale roaming caps, as well as a periodic review thereof, and contains an explanatory statement which correctly recognises the intrinsic connection between an extended retail Fair Use Policy and the level of wholesale roaming caps. In light of the Fair Use Policy proposals published on 26 September 2016, we consider that to ensure competition and end-user benefits, the wholesale roaming caps should be reduced to an even lower level.

Strongly reduced wholesale caps are essential to make it possible for European end-users to continue to use large data bundles, fully benefit from innovative services going forward, and take advantage of a European digital single market.

Please refer to the Roaming Coalition full position and MVNO Europe’s demonstration on retail data prices vs. proposals currently on the table.

 

 

 

 

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Open letter to President Juncker for a forward-looking and sustainable Roam-Like-At-Home

Open letter to President Juncker for a forward-looking and sustainable Roam-Like-At-Home

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

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MVNO Europe has sent a letter to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, copied to Vice President Andrus Ansip and Commissioner Gunther Oettinger, following the announcement of a “New approach” on roaming.

Adopting a forward-looking vision, MVNO Europe has continuously stated its support for roam-like-at-home since the discussions to abolish EU retail roaming fees started in 2013, provided the conditions are met for all players to be able to compete on the market.

Following the Commission’s recent proposals  which includes the implementation of a year-round “fair use policy”, we are compelled to express our serious concerns relating to the potential consequences of the measures announced.

We are pointing out, in particular, that a corresponding ambitious revision of the wholesale roaming market needs to be carried out, including sufficient review clauses, as to avoid “margin squeeze” situations now and in the future for those alternative operators offering the most generous bundles and advanced service innovations to consumers and businesses. We welcome the acknowledgement of this intrinsic connection by Parliament’s rapporteur Miapetra Kumpula-Natri and call for sustainable roaming rules at EU level.

Our core message is supported by the “Roaming Coalition”, bringing together competitive operators around Europe accounting for more than 80 million SIM cards.

The letter is available here.

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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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