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MVNO or MNO? It's a question

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  • August 29, 2017

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What are MNOs and MVNOs?

Before you'll be able to compare them, it’s most likely a decent idea to grasp the differences. In short, MNO stands for Mobile Network Operator; in other words, a company that owns and operates its own towers. Examples include AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and U.S. Cellular. All 5 of those corporations not only own their own networks but then sell them to corporations.

MVNO stands for Mobile Virtual Network Operator. These corporations don’t truly own the network that they're selling to customers. Instead, they lease network spectrum from MNOs and then resell it to customers. The catch is that MVNOs don’t have the maximum amount control over the network, as they're essentially paying rights to resell it to those who do own it.

Which is better?

In short, it extremely depends on your personal preferences. each has their own set of pros and cons. MNOs tend to be alittle more expensive, however they're much more stable than MVNOs, which launch and go out of business fairly quickly. On the other hand, MVNOs are usually a bit cheaper and a few of them have way superior client service. MNOs, however, tend to possess higher networks and additional phone choices. It extremely depends on your preferences.

IPLOOK have both the MNO network and MVNO network. The whole set of telecom grade equipment can be deployed for MNOs with data and 4G voice services. However, if you want to cut down you CAPEX and gain some profit as soon as possible, then you should choose IPLOOK’s MVNO solution. IPLOOK’S MVNO solution includes PGW, HSS, PCRF, IMS. MVNOs can manage and control their subscribers while lease other infrastructure network.

Which do you prefer?