In business since 2003 when it began selling calling cards, Merchantrade today lays claims to being the largest Malaysian remittance player and among the largest MVNO players. And that has become a problem as the established mobile players start attacking its migrant market segment.
Continuing our Telco Deep Dive, Goh Thean Eu speaks to Celcom CEO Shazalli Ramly on his plans for 2015, after the first quarter saw the company slipping.
Little known Clixster has come to the fore of the MVNO business by merging with Enabling Asia, emerging the majority shareholder there. Karamjit Singh speaks to both CEOs.
Incumbents seeing flattish or negative growth in postpaid segment MVNO in talks with Celcom on possible equity participation
XOX-Voopee may not be compelling enough for users to switch from their current messaging apps Still, product has some interesting features that XOX can leverage and improve on to be a real player
Nepali-based remittance player Prabhu Money Transfer has become Enabling Asia’s second Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) with the launch of Prabhu Mobile services, targeted exclusively at its 200,000 monthly walk-in remittance customers in Malaysia.
In a move that one telco consultant calls a “very smart diversification strategy,” Celcom Axiata Bhd is believed to have taken a 20% stake in Merchantrade Asia Sdn Bhd, a leading remittance provider and since 2008, a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) with around 500,000 active subscribers at present.
It was a week of telco tales, writes Karamjit Singh: A new MVNO launched by an MVNA; Maxis’ new CEO declining his role due to personal reasons; a telco that is actually an Internet company; and the big momma of them all seeing data and Internet revenue overtaking voice.
Enabling Asia launches its MVNA business model with UMobile as exclusive network partner and having invested RM20m so far.
Tune Talk aims to be profitable by year-end, intends to go regional and is targeting to hit five million active subscribers by end-2015.