MVNO Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Report Covers Global Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market Value & Industry Trends and it is Segmented by Deployment (Cloud, On-premise), Operational Mode (Reseller, Service Operator, Full MVNO, Other Operational Modes), Subscriber (Enterprise, Consumer), Application (Discount, Cellular M2M, Business, Media and Entertainment, Migrant, Retail, Roaming, Telecom), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa). The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market Size

Mobile Virtual Network Operator Market Summary
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Study Period 2018 - 2028
Market Size (2023) USD 66.13 Billion
Market Size (2028) USD 91.68 Billion
CAGR (2023 - 2028) 6.75 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market Asia Pacific

Major Players

Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market Analysis

The Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market size is expected to grow from USD 66.13 billion in 2023 to USD 91.68 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 6.75% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

New Technology enablers, like e-Sim, AI, ML, and edge computing, are creating new opportunities for MVNOs.

  • The growing penetration of mobile devices is driving the market's growth. GSMA predicted that by the end of 2021, 5.3 billion individuals had subscribed to mobile services, accounting for 67% of the global population. Most people now own a mobile phone in increasing markets, implying that future growth will come from younger populations taking out their first mobile subscription. Over the next five years, an additional 400 million new mobile users are anticipated to be added, most of whom will be from the Asia-Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa, bringing the total number of subscribers to 5.7 billion (70% of the global population).
  • Furthermore, mobile technology and services generated USD 4.5 trillion in economic value added, or 5% of global GDP in 2021. This value is expected to more than double by 2025, reaching approximately USD 5 trillion, as countries benefit from higher productivity and efficiency brought about by the growing use of mobile services.
  • As per GSMA, India is on its way to becoming the second-largest smartphone market globally by 2025, with around 1 billion installed devices. It is expected to have 920 million unique mobile subscribers by 2025, including 88 million 5G connections.
  • Further, the leading companies in the market are indulging in partnerships to offer their innovative products in different markets to gain more market presence. For instance, in June 2022, launched its second mobile network on its connectivity platform via its Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) agreement with BT Wholesale. The company has expertise in providing innovative connectivity and productivity solutions to businesses across the United Kingdom through my.plan. The deal with BT Wholesale gives customers a choice, flexibility, and access to a second mobile network to take advantage of EE's connectivity.
  • The increasing number of services such as cloud, Machine to Machine (M2M) transactions, and mobile money are further expected to augment demand for mobile virtual network operators over the forecast period.
  • Retail MVNO subscriptions may provide users with grocery discounts and loyalty card perks or may help the retailer better target its customer base. An example of a retail MVNO is Asda Supermarket's Asda Mobile.
  • In June 2022, Reach Mobile announced that it had extended its strategic, turnkey Wholesale-as-a-Service (WaaS) agreement with T-Mobile, America's 5G leader, with the most prominent, fastest, and most reliable nationwide 5G network. The companies would use ReachNEXT, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that accelerates and streamlines how businesses bring network-based services to market. T-Mobile wholesale customers can utilize ReachNEXT, a one-stop shop for launching and operating use cases such as MVNO, Fixed Wireless Access, Failover Internet, and IOT, with unprecedented simplicity and speed, potentially reaching millions of homes. The announcement also extends a multi-year MVNO agreement through which T-Mobile would continue to serve as the network for Reach Mobile's nationwide subscribers.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the demand for agile and flexible work styles and further pushed the adoption of communication services that enhance work-life balance. Moreover, telecom regulators had postponed their plans for a 5G spectrum auction amid the global pandemic. The pandemic forced telecom operators worldwide to test their network resiliency and revisit their planned investments, especially in 5G technology.

Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Mobile Virtual Network Operator Market according to our research experts:

Consumer Segment is Expected to Hold a Significant Market Share

  • This is the primary and the most focused segment among MVNOs. The growing number of single mobile subscribers and the increasing mobile penetration in emerging economies are the major factors fuelling the segment's growth.
  • The market's prominent players provide wireless services at competitive costs worldwide. For instance, in July 2022, Boost Mobile introduced Connected Car, a turnkey solution for mobile internet at flexible prices. With Boost, anyone can get Wi-Fi in their automobile. Connect multiple tablets, computers, and phones in the consumer car and take them everywhere. During long road journeys, they can now stream their favorite shows and movies, surf the web and listen to their favorite podcasts and songs without using their cell phone's data plan. The Connected Car plan users get a remote Wi-Fi hotspot and mobile access to 5GB of 4G LTE data.
  • Moreover, in August 2022, Verizon announced that college students may now get Fios, a lightning-fast fiber optic network, for as little as USD 20 per month with AutoPay and specific 5G mobile plans. As colleges and institutions continue to provide students with virtual options for lectures – and some students admit to staying up until the wee hours of the morning on term papers – reliable and affordable home internet should not be an issue.
  • Traditionally, B2C or consumer segment dominated over the B2B segment regarding innovation and pricing. Billing and managing a fleet of devices is much more difficult than simple consumer service. Due to convenience and profit margins, MVNOs prefer investing in the consumer segment.
  • The growing adoption of e-SIM is also expected to expand the scope of the segment. The e-SIM, with the remote provisioning standards created by the GSMA, provides simplicity and flexibility to MVNOs' vendors.
Mobile Virtual Network Operator Market: Connected Device Unit Shipments, In Millions, United States, 2016-2021

Asia-Pacific is Expected to Hold a Major Market Share

  • The Asia-Pacific area accounts for a significant market share, as the region has always remained at the forefront in adopting technological advancements like 5G technology, connected mobile devices, and smartphone penetration, amongst others.
  • The Asia-Pacific is a significant smartphone market, owing to the region's rapidly increasing telecom sector and extensive client base. Furthermore, the region is spending more on wireless network services. Countries like India, Japan, Australia, Singapore, and South Korea are expanding their investments in the growth of their domestic telecom markets, which are likely to boost the MVNO market demand across the region.
  • China's mobile market has planned to open up to commercial licenses for MVNOs after the Ministry of Industry and Information and Technology (MIIT) launched a public consultation seeking industry input and feedback on the government's proposal to allow commercial MVNO licenses, including foreign-invested firms.
  • The number of mobile phone base stations has continued to increase, and the construction of 5G networks has made steady progress. According to Huang Chengqing, vice president of the Internet Society of China, China will have 9.96 million mobile phone base stations by December 2021, and the number of mobile phone users is also rapidly increasing. By 2021, China's overall mobile phone user population reached 1.643 billion, with 355 million using 5G phones. These trends are expected to boost the revenues of MVNOs in China during the forecast period.
  • The increased demand from developing countries, such as India and Indonesia, where smartphones are increasingly accessing rural regions as local governments push for digital and mobile economies, is likely to drive demand for smartphones at entry-level price points. For example, the Government of India's Digital India program is a flagship program aiming to transform the country into a digitally enabled society.
  • For instance, in July 2021, with the Vivo Y72, Vivo Communication Technology Co. Ltd increased its 5G offering in India. At INR 20,990, the Y72 provides a superior smartphone experience with its powerful features and a visibly unique design in its category. The phone has 8GB+4GB extendable RAM, which keeps it from choking while multitasking.
  • The Chinese government has also been pushing the development of its 5G industry, favoring its own companies, such as Huawei and ZTE, which make equipment necessary for the technology to work. Moreover, according to GSMA, there will be 807 million 5G connections by 2025. China is expected to account for the most significant number of 5G connections globally in 2025.
Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market - Growth Rate by Region

Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Industry Overview

The MVNO market is highly competitive, primarily due to the presence of multiple players. The market is leading toward fragmentation, with the major players adopting strategies like service innovation and strategic partnerships to expand their client base and stay competitive in the market. Some major players include Lebara Group BV, TracFone Wireless Inc., and FRiENDi Mobile. Companies are involved in providing sales service, customer service, and mobile service to subscribers.

In July 2022, PeP acquired Simapka to expand financial and mobile services in Poland. This acquisition would aid in developing an ecosystem wherein the payments would be bolstered by a variety of additional services provided by POS. The major objective is to ensure that retail outlets throughout Europe gain benefit from the steady digitization of payments through the solutions of Simapka’s mobile application.

In May 2022, Cricket Wireless LLC announced a collaboration with the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). This three-year agreement allows Cricket to provide unique experiences to SIAC fans at all Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs) member schools.

In December 2021, Lycamobile partnered with the Welsh Government to enable remote learning throughout the spring and summer. The Mobile Data Uplift Scheme was available to digitally excluded students in Wales as they returned to school and throughout the rest of the school year. This aimed to help guarantee that children had access to internet resources and did not miss out on crucial learning and development during a challenging time.

Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market Leaders

  1. Lebara Group BV

  2. TracFone Wireless Inc.

  3. FRiENDi Mobile

  4. Boost Mobile LLC

  5. Virgin Mobile USA Inc.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market Concentration

Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market News

  • September 2022: Cloudflare Inc. announced the Cloudflare Zero Trust SIM, the first solution to secure every data packet leaving mobile devices. Organizations will effectively integrate devices with Cloudflare's Zero Trust platform and will be able to quickly and securely connect employee devices to Cloudflare's global network. Along with this, they can also prevent their network and employees no matter where they work with the help of Zero Trust SIM.
  • July 2022: ORANGE and MASMOVIL agreed to merge their operations in Spain. The formation of a joint company combines the forces of ORANGE and MASMOVIL into a single, stronger operator, allowing for investments in 5G and Fiber that would benefit customers throughout Spain.
  • March 2022: Lebara, a telecommunications firm focused on the ethnic market, began migrating to Telefónica, Germany, in mid-May and introduced the new "Hello!" tariff world. By June 30, all subscribers are expected to have received a new SIM card and gradually transferred to the Telefónica network. This not only improves their offer but also provides them with significant quality of service. With the network conversion, Lebara is evolving into a full-fledged and independent mobile communications provider capable of serving its customers' demands and worldwide lifestyles more flexibly and thoughtfully.

Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.2.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Market Drivers

      1. 4.4.1 Increasing Mobile Network Subscribers and the Growing Penetration of Mobile Devices

      2. 4.4.2 Rising Demand for Efficient Cellular Networks

    5. 4.5 Market Challenges

    6. 4.6 Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry


    1. 5.1 Deployment

      1. 5.1.1 Cloud

      2. 5.1.2 On-premise

    2. 5.2 Operational Mode

      1. 5.2.1 Reseller

      2. 5.2.2 Service Operator

      3. 5.2.3 Full MVNO

      4. 5.2.4 Other Operational Modes

    3. 5.3 Subsciber

      1. 5.3.1 Enterprise

      2. 5.3.2 Consumer

    4. 5.4 Application

      1. 5.4.1 Discount

      2. 5.4.2 Cellular M2M

      3. 5.4.3 Business

      4. 5.4.4 Media and Entertainment

      5. 5.4.5 Migrant

      6. 5.4.6 Retail

      7. 5.4.7 Roaming

      8. 5.4.8 Telecom

    5. 5.5 Geography

      1. 5.5.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.5.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.5.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.5.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Columbia

        4. Mexico

        5. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.5.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. South Africa

        4. Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Lebara Group BV

      2. 6.1.2 TracFone Wireless Inc.

      3. 6.1.3 FRiENDi Mobile

      4. 6.1.4 Boost Mobile LLC (T-Mobile)

      5. 6.1.5 Virgin Mobile USA Inc.

      6. 6.1.6 Tesco Mobile Limited (Tesco PLC)

      7. 6.1.7 Cricket Wireless LLC (AT&T Inc.)

      8. 6.1.8 Lycamobile UK Limited

      9. 6.1.9 PosteMobile SpA

      10. 6.1.10 1&1 Drillisch AG

      11. 6.1.11 Airvoice Wireless LLC

      12. 6.1.12 ASDA Mobile

      13. 6.1.13 Giffgaff Ltd

      14. 6.1.14 Kajeet Inc. (Arterra Mobility)

      15. 6.1.15 Truphone GmbH

      16. 6.1.16 Voiceworks GmbH

      17. 6.1.17 Asahi Net Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


**Subject to Availability

Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Industry Segmentation

Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) are wireless service providers that do not own the wireless network infrastructure but instead buy network capacity from existing MNOs to deliver services to their users. 

The mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) market is segmented by deployment as cloud and on-premise. Operational modes such as Reseller, Service Operator, Full MVNO, and other operational modes are considered under the scope. Additionally, applications such as Discount, Business, Retail, Migrant, Roaming, Telecom, Media and Entertainment, and Cellular M2M are part of the study. The study covers the segmentation based on subscriber type as enterprise and consumer. The study includes regional and country-level analysis for key markets such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. The study also covers the assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry. The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

Operational Mode
Service Operator
Other Operational Modes
Cellular M2M
Media and Entertainment
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa

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Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market Research FAQs

The Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market size is expected to reach USD 66.13 billion in 2023 and grow at a CAGR of 6.75% to reach USD 91.68 billion by 2028.

In 2023, the Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market size is expected to reach USD 66.13 billion.

Lebara Group BV, TracFone Wireless Inc., FRiENDi Mobile, Boost Mobile LLC and Virgin Mobile USA Inc. are the major companies operating in the Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2023-2028).

In 2023, the Asia Pacific accounts for the largest market share in the Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market.

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