China Unicom launches UK MVNO on O2's network
CUniq is "UK first" to offer multiple numbers on one SIM, according to CUG
China Unicom Global (CUG) has launched an MVNO running on Telefonica’s network in the UK, labelling the service “CUniq”.
The state-controlled mobile operator, the fourth biggest in
the world in terms of subscribers, claims the service is the first in the UK to
offer multiple numbers on one SIM-card.
Customers can buy a CUniq SIM and have a UK, Hong Kong and
mainland China number on the service. Spanish operator Telefonica has owned a stake in China Unicom since 2009, but reduced this down to just 1% earlier this year. It will run on Telefonica's O2 network in the UK.
China Unicom said the launch of the CUniq MVNO marks a
milestone for CUG, its international arm’s, expansion in overseas markets. CUG
is looking to drive into Europe and offer more convenient services to customers
in the region, it said.
The CUniq service also involved Isle of Man-based operator
Manx Telecom, while CUG said it plans to roll out the service in other locations
in the future, identifying America, Australia and Japan as possible regions for
Jiang Zhengxin, deputy general manager of China Unicom,
said: “China Unicom has made vigorous efforts to drive reforms and innovations
over the years. Innovation becomes the engine to propel its development. As to
its mobile communication operation, China Unicom is committed to providing
leading mobile applications and innovative services to customers in
“The launch of "CUniq" enables CUG to offer more
convenient services to customers in Europe. Its launch symbolizes accelerating
expansion of its international business and marks a milestone for CUG's
development of MVNO services in overseas market.”