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In recent years, regulatory activity around the MVNO ecosystem has seen developments in several countries, particularly in emerging markets in Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and South-East Asia.


  • A common trait across different regulatory environments is a light-touch approach to price regulation, which is commonly regulated ex-post. In addition, MVNOs cannot always access the full range of services that the host MNO offers (such as 4G).

Features and Benefits

  • Captures recent developments in regulatory frameworks for MVNOs.
  • Highlights differences between regulation in emerging markets and regulation in mature markets.

Key questions answered

  • How is access regulation for MVNOs evolving?
  • Which are the most favorable regulatory environments?

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  • Summary
  • Many countries are developing regulatory frameworks for MVNO access
  • MVNO remedies to mergers in Europe might not be as effective in practice
  • Competition between MNOs will remain key if MVNOs are to prosper


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