Meditel to rebrand as Orange
The CEO of French telecoms provider Orange, has reportedly revealed that Moroccan telecoms operator Medi Telecom (Meditel) will be rebranded as Orange ‘on 8 or 9 December’. The French group acquired the controlling stake (49% of Meditel) in July 2015, following the transfer of a combined 9% stake in the Moroccan operator from state-controlled financial institution Caisse de Depots et de Gestion (CDG) and local investment firm FinanceCom, in line with a shareholder agreement signed back in December 2010.

***According to data from the National Commission for Markets and Competition (Comision Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, CNMC) the total number of MVNO subscribers in Spain increased to 5.411 million as of 30 September 2016, up from 5.189 million one year earlier. The total means that virtual operators represented around 10.5% of the Spanish mobile market as a whole, at that date.

***Motorola Solutions has expressed an interest in developing an MVNO in Mexico, in association with Altan, which was recently named the winner of the government’s ‘Red Compartida’ 700MHz wholesale network tender. According to BN Americas, Motorola seeks to target Mexico’s public security entities with the planned MVNO. The shared network, which will have exclusive use of a 90MHz block of spectrum in the 700MHz band, was written into the constitution in 2013, as part of a sector overhaul designed to curb the dominance of America Movil (AM)-backed Telcel.

***MTN South Africa has finally confirmed its readiness to enter the country’s fast-growing MVNO sector, and expects to partner with ‘household names’ as it works toward putting wholesale deals in place. The CEO said ‘Strategically, as a group, we made the decision that we’d go with MVNOs … The question is how you go about doing it … It has taken us longer [than expected], but we believe this is the right approach. There are big names lined up, household names that have bought into the strategy with us. It’s not like they are rushing. They are also doing their own planning.. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the bulk of South Africa’s existing MVNOs currently piggyback on the Cell C network, including the likes of Virgin Mobile, FNB Connect and MRP Mobile.

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