Liberty Wireless confirms MVNO deal with M1 in Singapore

Liberty Wireless, a regional MVNO, has reached an agreement with Singapore’s third largest mobile operator M1 to use its mobile network to launch voice and data services towards the end of the year. Liberty, which will use the Circles Asia …

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Singapore to reserve 60MHz for new mobile operator

Singapore’s telecoms regulator has proposed setting aside 60MHz out of a total of 225MHz of new spectrum at a lower reserve price in a separate auction to be open only to new entrants. The structure of the next spectrum auction …

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Korea to accept bids for 4th mobile licence in August

South Korea’s government, following its announcement a month ago that it will issue a fourth mobile licence, said it plans to deregulate the industry and start accepting applications in August. The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) said …

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Telstra signs 3G wholesale deal with Woolworths

Australia’s largest supermarket chain Woolworths has signed a wholesale agreement with Telstra to use its 3G network to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Woolworths will use Telstra’s 850MHz and 2.1GHz networks, which reach 98.5 per cent of the …

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Does Singapore really need a 4th operator?

NEW BLOG: Last week’s news that an SMRT-funding venture is interesting in biding for a fourth mobile licence next year has raised an important question for would-be mobile service providers in the city-state: Can Singapore support a fourth network operator? …

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Hutch launches global platform for MVNOs

Hutchison Whampoa, thought to be in talks with future US MVNO Google about a roaming deal, has launched a global platform for virtual operators called Hue. Hue is a mobile wholesale enabling business which will act as a single point …

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Asia Briefs: Samsung’s wage bill dropped in 2014, China’s first 1M subscriber MVNO & more

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets: Samsung’s wage bill dropped in 2014 Samsung Electronics reduced its spending on wages last year by 0.3 per cent to KRW9.3 trillion …

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China Telecom prepping Mexico network bid — report

China Telecom, the third largest mobile operator in its home country, is reportedly preparing a bid to build and run a new mobile broadband network in Mexico. Sources told Reuters that the Chinese state-owned telecoms company is looking for local partners …

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MVNO Lebara launches in Saudi Arabia

European-based MVNO Lebara has announced the launch of its services in Saudi Arabia over Mobily’s network. The provider, named Lebara Mobile KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), was granted the licence as part of the Saudi regulator’s attempt to shake-up the country’s telecoms market by ordering each of the three operators to host an MVNO. Lebara, […]