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Who Are The Major Stakeholders In Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market?


In Australia, Network Communications and Optus have collaborated to form Charity Mobile, an MVNO that creates a social impact by donating five percent of their bill to charitable organizations.

In the UK, Vodafone and O2 have established Green Mobile that allows customers to donate five percent of their bill amount to green charities such as World Land Trust.

Asda Mobile, AT&T, Etisalat, MTN Group, O2, Orange, SK Telecom, Sprint, T-Mobile, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Three UK, U.S. Cellular, Verizon and Vodafone these are the major players that are operating in MVNO industry.

The companies are offering voice & SMS services, internet data, and telecom infrastructure are further betting big on service providers and mobile network operators services too attract their customers towards them. The growing industry magnates are outwardly adopting mergers & acquisitions as a major strategy to sustain the competition.

The recent merger between T-Mobile US & Sprint that has created quite a stir in the U.S. mobile virtual network operator market, since the duo will be able to rival other prominent U.S. mobile market leaders Verizon and AT&T with their combined expertise.

Industry experts have to say that the USD 26 billion proposed merger is certain to affect prices for MVNOs that will leave an influential impact on the regional business sphere. For those uninitiated, unlike Verizon & AT&T, both T-Mobile and Sprint have a substantial share in the U.S. mobile virtual network operation industry and the merger is set to play a central role in the competitive landscape.

Both T-Mobile US & Sprint owned by Japan’s Softbank and Deutsche Telekom respectively, are the foremost wholesale providers of infrastructure and capacity in the U.S. MVNO industry. Sources also reveal that the U.S. Department of Justice is expected to examine the effect of the merger and the potential impact on the regional MVNO market as the T-Mobile & Sprint combo is projected to account for 54% of the prepaid business in the U.S.

The emerging economy like APAC are creating the opportunities for the MVNO market investors. The growth of the APAC region is backed by the Increasing use of smartphone, adoption of third generation and Fourth generation network services and growing data traffic.

Also, Regional governments are also taking laudable interest in issuing commercial licenses to players operating in the market even including foreign invested firms. This may attract the foreign investment firms.

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According to the 2018 market research report by Global Market Insight. The worldwide mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) market size was valued over USD 55 billion in 2017 and it is continuously growing at a CAGR of 12% during the time spam of 2018 to 2024.

The main driver for this industry to drive for the future is the transformational shift in the digital cosmos and the extensively growing demand for smartphones.