Introduction to MVNA MVNE MVNO

A introduction to the basics behind Mobile Virtual Network Aggregator (MVNA), Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE), and Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO).

You might have seen one of these logos before:


But did you know, that they are also mobile service operators?

Mobile Service Operators

Often described as “Smaller operators“, “SIM only” or “No contract“, they provide mobile services similar to mobile operators, and are known as Mobile Virtual Network Operators – or MVNO

What is a MVNO Mobile Virtual Network Operator

First launched in the UK in 1999, MVNO’s has spread across the globe, and today there are more than 1600 MVNOs, in 90 countries.

More than 1600 MVNOs in 90 countries
“The goal for an MVNO is to make profit by fulfilling the expectations of the chosen segment, so that the customers experience the level of service that satisfies their needs.”
Allan Rasmussen
MVNA, MVNE, MVNO Specialist
Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO)

Opposite normal mobile operators, a MVNO does not own spectrum, or radio network infrastructure (mobile antennas).

MVNOs don't have spectrum

Instead, they buy wholesale access from a telecom network operator, or through an entity known as a Mobile Virtual Network Aggregator (MVNA)

What is a Mobile Virtual Network Aggregator (MVNA)?

A MVNA buy wholesale access from a telecom network operator, on behalf of several MVNOs, in order to achieve a large discount, and then resell, the network access to each individual MVNO.

What is a MVNA Mobile Virtual Network Aggregator
What is a Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE)?

The MVNE platform provide the MVNO’s with technical solutions, such as customer support, billing systems, SIM management, and so on – enabling the MVNO’s to setup, operate and charge the subscribers.

What is a MVNE Mobile Virtual Network Enabler
MVNA, MVNE, MVNO - The Ecosystem

The MVNO’s can now provide their services to end-users, or to machines (IoT) (M2M), under their own control, price package, and brand.


From the video Introduction to MVNA MVNA MVNO available on YouTube


Author: Allan Rasmussen
Managing director at Yozzo. Allan is a MVNA/MVNE/MVNO specialist with hands-on experience from more than 60 projects in both competitive and greenfield markets. His expertise includes business case development, execution, launch and growth strategies. Advisor and consultant to mobile network operators, MVNA, MVNE, MVNO, National Regulatory Authorities, Government Agencies, Broadcast Companies, TMT Industry Associations, Innovation and Investment Banks.
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