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Mobile Virtual Network Operators Market Size, Share and Industry Analysis by Operational Model (Reseller MVNO, Service Provider MVNO, Full MVNO), Service Type (Postpaid, Prepaid), Subscriber (Business, Individual/Residential) and Regional Forecast 2018-2025

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The global mobile virtual network operators market size stood at US$ 62.5 Bn in 2017, is projected to reach US$ 113.9 Bn by the end of 2025, exhibiting a CAGR of 7.8%.

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As the world is witnessing technology shift, customers are moving towards more fast and reliable networks. In 1993, MVNOs entered in a partnership with Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to provide wireless communication services to customers. MVNOs are also known as mobile other licensed operators (MOLO) or virtual network operator (VNO). MVNOs does not own wireless network infrastructure. MVNOs offers its services by partnering with mobile network operators (MNOs), which provides bulk access to MVNOs at wholesale rates.

Nowadays, with technological advancements, MVNOs have made an enormous impact by providing their services at low prices, which is increasing their customer base, year-by-year. The Mobile Virtual Network Operators market is a matured market, with many local, regional and international vendors.

Also, MVNOs are providing multiple features and relaxation to their customers by providing traveling or tourist services and roaming. For instance, Lycamobile offers cheap international calling to its users. Also, MVNO vendors are nowadays focused on collaborating with travelers or diaspora communities, to provide efficient services to their customers.

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Market Segmentation

"Increasing mobile phone users is boosting the Mobile Virtual Network Operators market"

The number of mobile phone users is increasing year-by-year, which is directly impacting the growth rate of the market. Many mobile phone vendors are providing decent features at low prices. MVNOs are collaborating with mobile phone manufactures for providing their services to customers at cheap prices. Also, MVNOs are working continuously on packaging and pricing strategies, by which they can attract new customer base in other regions as well.

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"Digitalization in the banking sector is boosting the Mobile Virtual Network Operators market"

Many developed and developing nations have adopted mobile payment services for safety and better user experiences. Nowadays, banks are using internet connectivity, which enables e-banking, mobile money, e-commerce, and other online payment services. The financial service industry is replacing retailers with MVNOs, which can provide easy and fast transactions with the help of the Internet. Also, many vendors from other industries are adopting online payment services and launching online money transfer services and mobile wallets. These are the primary factors that are boosting the MVNO market.

Regional Analysis

"Adoption of digitalization in developing countries enables the market to hold the highest CAGR in the Asia Pacific region"

Few countries in the Asia Pacific region are still in the development phase, which is attracting lot of MVNO vendors in the region for business opportunities. Asia Pacific generated revenue of US$ 18.2 Bn in 2017 and is projected to hold prominent CAGR in the global MVNO market during the forecast period. Growth witnessed in the region is likely to increase due to collaborations between key players and mobile phone manufacturers in Asia Pacific. Also, developing countries such as India and China are working continuously on their IT and telecommunication industry, for providing enhanced and efficient services to its population.

North America MVNO Market, 2017

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The report provides qualitative and quantitative insights on the Mobile Virtual Network Operators market and detailed analysis of the market size and growth rate for all possible segments in the market. The market is segmented by operational model, service type, subscriber and by region. On the basis of the operational model, the global market is categorized into reseller MVNO, service provider MVNO, and full MVNO.

Based on the service type, the global MVNO market is segmented into postpaid and prepaid. On the basis of a subscriber, the market is segmented into business and individual/residential. By region, the market is segmented into five major regions which are North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The regions are further categorized into countries.

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Along with this, the report provides elaborative analysis of the market dynamics and competitive landscape. Various key insights provided in the report are the recent industry developments such as mergers and acquisitions, macro and micro economic factors, and key industry trends and developments.




By Operational Model

  • Reseller MVNO

  • Service Provider MVNO

  • Full MVNO

By Service Type

  • Postpaid

  • Prepaid

By Subscriber

  • Business

  • Individual/Residential

By Region

  • North America (USA and Canada)

  • Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe)

  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, Korea, Southeast Asia and Rest of Asia Pacific)

  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico and Rest of Latin America)

  • Middle East & Africa (South Africa, GCC and Rest of Middle East & Africa)



  • Affinity Cellular

  • FRiENDi Mobile

  • Globecomm Systems Inc.

  • AMERICA MOVIL SAB DE CV (Tracfone Wireless Inc.)

  • Lycamobile

  • Project FI (Google LLC)

  • T-Mobile US, Inc.

  • Tello

  • Verizon Wireless

  • Virgin Mobile.

  • Comcast Corporation


  • April 2019:  Ooredoo Oman and FRiENDi mobile, part of the Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa group have announced their partnership in a long-term agreement the FRiENDi mobile user will receive state-of-the-art 4G Supernet network of Ooredoo Oman from the first half of May 2019.

  • November 2018: Google's multiplying on its versatile services with an end goal to develop endorsers: It's rebranded Project Fi to Google Fi and extended the services to help various of devices. Google Fi is Google's Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) administration that offers plans that utilizes the best accessible Wi-Fi network.

Frequently Asked Questions

The mobile virtual network operators market is estimated to reach US$ 113.9 Bn by 2025 with the increasing in mobile subscription along with adoption of IoT, digitalization and Cloud are boosting the MVNO market . This is cater significant market growth over the forecast period.

The global mobile virtual network operators market is estimated to grow steadily with the CAGR of 7.8% for the forecasted period. The drastic increase in mobile phone user over the period is seen which is boosting the growth and adoption of MVNO market.

The collaborations between key players and mobile phone manufacturers in Asia Pacific is boosting the MVNO market. In the year 2017, the mobile virtual network operators market in Asia Pacific accounted for USD 18.2 Bn.

The mobile virtual network operators market have seen good amount of adoption in the banking sector. Today, providing secures and user friendly payment options are increasing and banks are providing services such ebanking, mobile money, e-commerce, and other online payment services. This is boosting the adoption of mobile virtual network operators services in the market.

The top players in mobile virtual network operators market are Affinity Cellular, FRiENDi Mobile, Globecomm Systems Inc., AMERICA MOVIL SAB DE CV (Tracfone Wireless Inc.), Lycamobile, Project FI (Google LLC). These players accounts for more than 65% of total global mobile virtual network operators market.

e-SIM, Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networks (SDN), Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Blockchain, among others are the key enanler which are boosting the MVNO market trends. Along with this, 5G deployments are also enabling new MVNO for target specific verticals with solutions.

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