Pareteum launches global MVNO service

22 December 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


Pareteum has expanded its global cloud platform services agreement with Vodafone Enabler, which will allow the first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) to eliminate geographic limitations in creating and deploying international mobile services.

Signing the contract, an extension of the existing mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) relationship with its largest European customer, has allowed for the creation and launch of unique MVNO service offerings backed by a Tier-1 network operator’s global roaming services operation. These services, together with the first MVNO customer rollout, are expected during the first quarter of 2017.

“We have moved to the next logical step in our partnership with Pareteum,” said Luis Jimenez Tunon, chief executive of Vodafone Enabler.

“We started with a platform to enable our existing MVNO and Lowi.es businesses using their enablement platform and our positive experience has enabled us to now open our opportunities to other Vodafone properties and global roaming and to embrace our joint IP transformation. This natural expansion is a result of the focussed effort by both teams to bring additional opportunities to the VEE platform throughout the Vodafone Group.”

The new MVNO service will take full advantage of existing carrier network and worldwide roaming agreements and will run on Pareteum’s cloud-based platform, allowing for prepaid and postpaid services outside of the MVNO’s traditional operating geography.

Hal Turner, Pareteum’s executive chairman, added: “Pareteum is now unlocking tremendous new opportunities for operators looking to create new global MVNO revenue streams by eliminating the limitations of location.” The MVNO market estimated to be worth $89.25 billion by 2022, according to Global Market Insights.