A new MVNO organisation has been launched, aiming to campaign for fair access and fair competition across Europe.

MVNO Europe comprises companies from Italy, France, Greece, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. It said it wants a regulatory environment where "innovation and competition can thrive".

The organisation will advocate for a single European market for telecoms and digital services, "fair" allocation of spectrum, and pro-competitive regulation.

MVNOs have had an increasing influence in the European telecoms sector, as regulators look to them to safeguard competition amid mergers and acquisitions.

The merger of Telekom Austria's Slovenian opco Vip with Telekom Slovenije’s One subsidiary was given the go-ahead on the condition that MVNO access was given to other players.

BT has argued its pending merger with EE would not damage competition in the UK market because of the high volume of MVNOs trading in the country.

Announcing the launch of the industry body, Jacques Bonifay, Chair of MVNO Europe and CEO of Transatel, said: “We are currently experiencing a wave of consolidation of traditional telecom operators in Europe. The positive impact this may have on network efficiency and investment must not be offset by harming access for MVNOs across Europe. 

"Indeed, it is essential to ensure the continuous emergence of innovative services that MVNOs offer.

"By embracing the 4G and, soon, 5G revolutions, MVNOs, as small agile players, are the best trigger for telecoms innovation in Europe. By creating an association for the whole spectrum of MVNOs, we will strengthen our voice and adapt to the evolving market reality, while holding to our commitment towards the European institutions as a reliable partner.”

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