You would love to start your MVNx – Mobile Virtual Network “anything” but you are not sure what are the differences between MVNO, MVNE, MVNA?

In the mobile telecom world there is many different players and it is very complex. Sometimes it is hard to understand player’s roles and what is their value add.

Mobile Network Operator (MNO):

Your day to day telecom operator is known as MNO: MTN, Airtel, Etisalat, Ooredoo, Verizon, Telefonica, Vodafone, MTS, Telenor, VIP. They have built, own and operate their infrastructure and are responsible for maintenance. MNO’s buy the frequencies from national telecom regulator authorities or communications commissions. Without MNO’s, there would be no global mobile network. MNO’s have B2C and B2B offers and are bound by the law of the land to open their frequencies to competition.

Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO):

MVNO’s do not have its own infrastructure and rely on MNO’s infrastructure. In the telecom wholesales system, MVNO’s will have access to better prices and MVNO’s will be able to create B2B and B2C offers. MVNO’s can also create special offers for IoX - Internet of anything for example (data only - IoT-Internet-of-Things). MVNO will bill its clients.

MNO’s favor big deals, prefer to work with bigger partners and have a simplified management as a result. Having a lot of MVNO’s can be hard to manage.

Mobile Virtual Network Aggregator (MVNA):

MVNA is a strategic choice for the Global MNO brands. Rather than to rely on a lot of small MVNO’s, MNO’s will sell to a MVNA. The aggregator will take charge of the mass buying and resell it to its own MVNO’s. MVNA’s do not have direct clients and it can also rely on a MVNE instead of selling to MVNO’s directly.

Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE) :

MVNE will offer the same services as a MVNA. So what is the difference between MVNA and MVNE? Why MVNE is called enabler? Enabler launches more small MVNOs much easier. MVNE’s will have a more important role next to their resellers being MVNA’s. Mobile world is master play and MVNO’s need to be structured.

MVNO’s will have access through its MVNE, to an information system, in telecom world referred to as, OSS, Operations Support System. OSS will allow MVNO’s to order and bill for the services.

Mobile billing in telecommunications is difficult (voice, 2/3/4/5G (soon) Data, SMS, roaming 2/3/4/5G (soon) data, roaming voice, roaming SMS). MVNO’s usually need help, structure and guidance.

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