Global Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) or virtual network operator (VNO) are those mobile operators who do not have their own network infrastructure. They usually have buy network time with old operators and sell it to their customers. They don’t have any mobile switching centers or radio access networks. They can create their own value structure other than the money they decided to pay MNOs. Mobile virtual network operator and reseller service operator are the two operational modes for MVNO. Increasing telecommunication and digital industry, there is increase in the adoption of the MVNO technology. These MVNO usually provides postpaid wireless plans on subscription basis and usually sales & customer service is handled directly by these MVNO. Some of the common types of the MVNO are skinny MVNO or branded reseller, light MVNO or service provider and thick MVNO or enhanced service provider.
Some of the factors driving these markets are as follow:
The global mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) market is segmented on the basis of operational model which is segmented as reseller service operator, mobile virtual network operator, others; subscriber which is segmented as business and consumer; application which is segmented as discount, cellular M2M, business, media & entertainment, migrant, retail, roaming, telecom, and others and service which is further segmented as sales service, customer service, mobile service and others.
Few of the launches and acquisitions in the market are as follows:
“According to Data Bridge Market Research, global mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) market is set to witness a substantial CAGR of 8.75% in the forecast period of 2018- 2025”
The renowned players in mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) market are Lebara Group, Palmarium, KDDI Mobile, TracFone Wireless Inc., FRiENDi Mobile, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile USA, Tesco Mobile Ltd, Globecomm Systems Inc., Lycamobile, PosteMobile, Drillisch Telecom, Red Pocket Mobile, Polkomtel Plus, Kddi Corporation, Airvoice Wireless, Freedompop, Freenet AG, Tracfone Wireless, Inc., Globecomm Systems Inc., Ting Inc., CJ HelloVision Co. Ltd., Boost Mobile, PosteMobile, Lycamobile and many more.
MVNO main function is to increase the capacity of the mobile network operators to sell their services. This helps the MVO to add value to their radio coverage and networks. MVNO usually have mobile phone services but don’t have their own radio spectrum and for mobile operator it is beneficial because this help them to reach to more customers from single segment. MVNO strategy helps them to create economies of scale for better network utilization. This is further creating opportunity for this market.
Global MVNO Market – Industry Trends and Forecast to 2027