“A Mobile Virtual Network Operator (“MVNO”) is a company that offers mobile telephone services by reselling the mobile services of another carrier, usually with certain limitations, but at a lower cost. In the U.S., there are MVNOs that resell AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon services at a lower cost than you can obtain service directly from any of them. Although the MVNOs often offer services at a lower price, there are usually some differences between the services provided by an MVNO and the services provided by the major carriers.”
Andersons Law Firm website
MVNOs offer a potentially disruptive business model for the telcos, which could work for or against depending on how they utilise the opportunity.
Do you think the big carriers could even establish MVNOs in every country that allows it and offer free, or much lower-cost, roaming to their subscribers? I’m sure there are regulatory impediments, but this could be an attractive service offering for global travellers.
Does your B/OSS easily allow for the MVNO / third-party / wholesale model? Does it handle the interconnect, the customer service, the network service management with aplomb across jurisdictions, on-net and off-net?
With B/OSS being asked to cope with an increased amount of virtualisation in the network, does this now also logically extend to virtualisation of business models?