Virgin Mobile launches MVNO in Russia
Virgin Mobile is to launch an MVNO in Russia leveraging Tele2's network
Virgin Group is rumoured to be launching services as an MVNO in Russia.
According to the Vedomosti, the operator is running the new service on Tele2’s network under the brand Virgin Connect.
Virgin Connect has been present in Russia for a number of years operating as a provider of fixed-line internet, IP telephony and pay-TV services. While it mobile offering is limited to a trial service that is being used by company employees and a small group of customers.
As reported in the Moscow Times, Russia's MVNO market is still small, comprising MTS, MegaFon and VimpelCom, which together serve approximately 84% of customers according to specialist consultancy Advanced Communications & Media (AC&M). The MVNO market is predicted to reach 6.8 million customers by the end of 2017 or an increase of 2%, said the Vedomosti.
With roughly 255.59 million mobile connections, Virgin Connect's host operator Tele2 had a 15% market share with 39 million customers. Virgin Mobile is present as an MVNO in a dozen markets worldwide.