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Until recently, wholesale access to mobile networks for MVNOs has been subject to relatively little regulatory intervention. However, things have changed in recent years in both emerging and in mature markets.


  • In recent years, regulatory intervention intended to create a favorable environment for MVNOs has occurred in emerging markets.
  • In mature markets such as EU countries, access for MVNOs has been deregulated for some time.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides an overview of current and upcoming regulation of wholesale access to mobile networks for MVNOs.
  • Identifies trends in regulating for MVNOs and enables comparison between different regulatory frameworks.

Key questions answered

  • How is wholesale access for MVNOs regulated in the countries observed?
  • How are EU regulators setting out remedies to mergers in mobile markets?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view

The case for MVNO access regulation

  • A theoretical bottleneck
  • Summary table

Country case studies: the EU

  • MVNO access in EU countries
  • Austria
  • Ireland
  • Spain

Country case studies: the rest of the world

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Mexico


  • Methodology
  • Author

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