Telecomspricing examines the use of MNO sub brands worldwide, the report identfies 59 such brands across the globe of which 16 are outside Europe.
MNOs continue to launch independent mobile brands - particularly seen in Europe, Americans and the Far Test with the one of the very recent introduction by Clear Mobile, Vodafone Ireland’s sub-brand.
Telecomspricing considers the development in MNO sub-brands and provides an update on the use of MNO sub-brands worldwide, covering just under sixty such brands, with around 40 from European and the remainder in the Americas and Asia-Pacific region.
But the introduction of a mobile sub-brand by a mobile operator is nothing new. Selected MNOs have been using a sub-brand to extend their market reach since the early 2000s. Typically, the MNO sub-brand has either been launched as a new service or it has been purchased by acquisition. Increasingly, MNOs are attracted to simple sub-brands due to the reduced cost and time to market of digital brands which are now available as an App or online.
In the past, MNOs have extended their in-country market reach by the acquisition of Pre-Pay mobile operators or MVNOs. For example, Tele2 (Sweden) with the merger of Pre-Pay brand Comviq in which has been adopted at Tele2’s own Pre-Pay brand.
More recently MNOs have introduced sub-brands in response to competitive factors. Sub-brands are typically being used to focus on a price point below the core MNO brand or targeting a new demographic (such as the youth segment).
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