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Pyramid Research Market Report Abstract

MVNOs and MVNEs: Analyzing the Viability of Virtual Mobile Players
Pricing: US$2,490 Single user license, PDF




The mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) model has gained popularity over the past 2–3 years; more ventures have followed in Virgin’s path (the model’s pioneer), with the MVNO model going through a number of iterations. As the MVNO market continues to expand, a new category of players, MVNEs (Mobile Virtual Network Enablers), has emerged, riding on the coattails of strong MVNO growth.

Today, concerns about overcapacity and potential consolidation are emerging, in both the MVNO and MVNE spaces. In a bid to ascertain whether such concerns are justified, this report focuses on answering:

Are MVNOs Making Money?
Our analysis has found that the MVNO model is a lot less financially attractive than the hype would suggest. MVNOs have to improve one or more of the following wireless operating metrics in order to make money: CPGA (cost per gross acquisition), CCPU (cash cost per user), ARPU, and churn. Available MVNO data certainly provides enough fodder to question the MVNO model, at least in its initial iterations. Virgin Mobile UK is profitable (more of an exception than a rule) but the company has been in operation since 1999.We believe most other MVNOs are at the loss-making to slightly above break-even level.

Are MVNEs Here to Stay?
The future of the aggregator MVNE hinges on the development of small, niche MVNOs. If the MVNO segment moves towards a fragmented marketplace with dozens of players serving small niche segments, MVNEs will ride the coattails of such an expansion. If, by contrast, the MVNO space is dominated by a small number of large, Virgin-like players, the future of the aggregator MVNE becomes somewhat doubtful.

MVNO service revenue has been expanding in line with the growth of virtual operator subscriber bases, but is that enough to sustain the MVNO business model?

This report examines MVNO profitability and the MVNE business model, opportunities and future landscape for their services. We ask – and provide answers to the following questions:

  • Are MVNOs making money?

  • How are MVNOs key performance indicators doing? (ARPU, CCPU, CPGA, etc.)

  • What is the profitability potential of the next generation MVNOs, such as Mobile ESPN, Helio and Amp’d?

  • How do we see the future of the MVNO?

  • What is an MVNE?

  • Do MVNOs need MVNEs? Is the MVNE model here to stay?

Target Audience

Mobile Operators
Quantify the long-term revenue potential of the wholesale market to support decisions whether or not to work with MVNOs and MVNEs. The MVNO profitability calculations help you to benchmark your performance against MVNOs.

Develop your strategy using our objective long-term analysis of the MVNO market. Benchmark your costs and profitability against industry averages and other key players. Determine whether MVNEs will strengthen your service and increase your profit based on our analysis.

Understand the long-term market potential and MVNO perception of MVNEs. Determine an optimal strategy to attract MVNOs (end-to-end solutions vs. specific expertise). Assess key competitors and benchmark your positioning against them.

Assess the MVNE opportunity for a long-term strategic entry (partnerships or acquisitions), determine if MVNEs are competitors or complimentary and if there is an opportunity beyond applications hosting. Quantify the long-term equipment and service opportunity in the MVNO space based on revenue, profitability and subscriber forecasts.

Financial Institutions
Assess the viability of MVNOs and MVNEs to support a decision to finance MVNOs/MVNEs (or not). The MVNO profitability calculations (NPV, CPGA, CCPU and ARPU) help you to benchmark existing and proposed MVNO costs and profitability.

Virtual Players Analyzed


  • Virgin

  • Tracfone

  • Telmore

  • Mobile ESPN


  • Visage Mobile

  • Telcordia

  • mPortal

  • Versent Mobile

  • TynTec Limited

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