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Mobile Virtual Network Operators Market to Grow at 7.9% CAGR till 2028; Increasing Demand for E-SIM Cards to Augment Growth

March 15, 2021 | Information & Technology

The global Mobile Virtual Network Operators market size is projected to reach USD 123.40 billion by 2028 owing to the rising demand for E-SIM cards worldwide, observes Fortune Business Insights™ in its report, titled, “Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Operational Model (Reseller MVNO, Service Provider MVNO, and Full MVNO), By Service Type (Postpaid and Prepaid), By Subscriber (Business and Individual/Residential), and Regional Forecast, 2021-2028.” As per the analysis, the market value stood at USD 67.54 billion in 2020 and is expected to register a CAGR of 7.9% from 2021 to 2028.

T-Mobile Inc. Announces to Divest Sprint’s Prepaid Plan

In July 2020, T-Mobile Inc. announced to divest Sprint’s prepaid plan. The company took the step under its commitment made at the time of the merger to the Department of Justice and to the Federal Communications Commission. According to Mike Sievert, CEO, T-Mobile, the fulfillment of this commitment was an important milestone for the company. Speaking ahead of the future plans of the company, Mike stated that T-Mobile is aiming for big steps and continues to deliver on the goal of providing a transformative nationwide 5G network.

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Introduction of E-SIM to Reshape the Landscape of MVNO Market Growth

The introduction of E-SIM cards has provided positive traction to the MVNO industry. The increasing demand for e-SIM cards among users worldwide is estimated to drive the global mobile virtual network operator’s market growth. In addition, leading smartphone manufacturers are collaborating with major network careers in order to offer e-SIM enabled smartphones to their customers. This will bring huge opportunities for the enterprises operating in the MVNO market. For instance, in 2018, Apple came up with E-SIM technology with its latest generation of iPhone in order to provide dual sim functionality to its users.

Collaborations to Help Key Players Acquire New Customers

Key players operating in the global mobile virtual network operators market are focusing on collaborating with other enterprises to develop cutting edge products and services for their customers. This will help them expand their business and acquire more customers. For instance, in December 2020, SMARTEL Services GmbH came in partnership with cyan to develop and launch their MVNO platform for the next-generation operators. The platform will allow both the companies to provide advanced technical infrastructure for budding mobile operators.

Industry Development-

  • In October 2020, Sparkle S.p.A. collaborated with Mobileum in order to offer features, such as roaming solutions and enhanced connectivity, to its customers. The collaboration has enabled both the companies to establish an intelligent infrastructure to support secure roaming services to offer mobile network operators (MNOs) and mobile virtual network operators. 

List of Key Companies Covered in the MVNO Market Report:

  • Virgin Mobile USA Inc. (Missouri, United States)

  • Xfinity Mobile (Pennsylvania, United States)

  • Verizon Wireless (New York, United States)

  • T-Mobile US Inc. (Washington, United States)

  • Airvoice Wireless (Michigan, United States)

  • Dish Wireless LLC (Colorado, United States)

  • Republic Wireless (North Carolina, United States)

  • Google Fi (Google LLC) (California, United States)

  • Boost Mobile (California, United States)

  • Lycamobile (London, United Kingdom)

  • Mobileum (California, United States)

  •  Lebara Group BV (London, United Kingdom)

  • FRiENDi Mobile (Muscat, Oman.)

Further Report Findings:

Based on the operational model, the full MVNO segment held the leading market share in 2020 and is projected to dominate during the forecast period. The segment growth is primarily driven by the increasing demand for international connectivity and roaming data. On the other hand, the reseller segment held a total share of 9.6% in 2019, showcasing steady growth.

Based on the region, Europe is projected to dominate the global mobile virtual network operators market share during the forecast period. The factors driving the demand for MVNOs in the region include evident presence of industry leaders and supportive regulatory frameworks from countries, such as Germany, the UK, France, and Spain. The total market value of the region stood at USD 25.76 billion in 2020.

Table of Segmentation



Study Period


Base Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period



  Value (USD Billion)


   Operational Model; Service Type; Subscriber; and Region

By Operational Model

  • Reseller

  • Service Provider

  • Full     

By Service Type

  • Postpaid

  • Prepaid

By Subscriber

  • Business

  • Individual/Residential

By Region

  • North America (By Operational Model, By Service Type, By Subscriber, and By Country)

    • The United States

    • Canada

    • Mexico

  • South America (By Operational Model, By Service Type, By Subscriber, and By Country)

    • Brazil

    • Argentina

    • Rest of South America

  • Europe (By Operational Model, By Service Type, By Subscriber, and By Country)

    • The U.K.

    • Germany

    • France

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Russia

    • Benelux

    • Nordics

    • Rest of Europe

  • The Middle East & Africa (By Operational Model, By Service Type, By Subscriber, and By Country)

    • Turkey

    • Israel

    • GCC

    • North Africa

    • South Africa

    • Rest of the Middle East & Africa

  • Asia Pacific (By Operational Model, By Service Type, By Subscriber, and By Country)

    • Japan

    • China

    • India

    • South Korea

    • ASEAN

    • Oceania

    • Rest of Asia Pacific

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