Differences between MVNO and MVNE

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The world of mobile telecommunications can be somewhat complicated to understand, especially when it comes to defining concepts. For many users, finding differences between one type of operator and another can be really arduous.

In JSC Ingenium we want to clarify some concepts and herefore, in today’s post, we will see the differences between MVNO and MVNE.

What is MVNO?

Before we begin to explain their differences, it is necessary to be clear about both concepts. On the one hand, MVNOs, also known as mobile virtual network operators, are small operators that run on one or more major networks.

In other words, it is an operator that does not have its own radio network. Instead, it relies on another operator's network to be able to provide communication services to other users. To simplify it further, an MNVO must be hosted by an MNO (Mobile Network Operator) with its own antennas.

But then, what does it work for? Well, the main function of an MVNO is to enrich the market with a wider range of offers. MVNOs typically offer cheaper phone plans than major carriers and don't require a credit check to get started.

What is MVNE?

A mobile virtual network enabler, also known as an MVNE, refers to a company that provides the network infrastructure and related services to an MVNO. That is, it is the structure in charge of providing platforms and network enablement services to an MVNO.

Generally, MVNEs are responsible for the planning, implementation and management of mobile services. This, in turn, includes SIM provisioning and configuration, customer billing, user relationship management, and value-added service platforms.

How are the two concepts different?

As we have already mentioned, an MVNO relies on the infrastructure and services provided by an MNO, since having different rates or prices can lead the brand to be completely diluted. To fix this, the ideal is to sell its messages, voice and data minutes at a cheaper wholesale price to an MVNO.

Meanwhile, the MVNE is known as an enabler as it allows the creation of smaller MVNOs. It can provide billing services, network element provisioning, administration, support, etc. to MVNOs. Typically, the MVNE has no relationship with end customers; instead it focuses on providing service infrastructure. Thus, it allows MVNOs to have a relationship with the end user’s brand.

JSC Ingenium’s MVNE technology provides the necessary infrastructure to companies that want to offer mobile telephony services, or, that they are already operating and want to become a Full Operator to have a higher level of independence and flexibility.