The rumor had already fanned information upstream of the Virgin Mobile conference today. Yet, it is the third French operator that will use the Full MVNO at the launch of its 4G offers.
It was hoped this morning announced the launch of 4G Virgin Mobile, in view of the qu’insistants noise corridor that had surrounded the MVNO recent days. Yet he preferred to focus on a new 3G + service, Telib … but not only. In the presence of Sir Richard Branson Geoffroy Roux de Bezieux, President of OMEA Telecom (which sells Virgin Mobile in France), confirmed “a 4G roaming agreement with Bouygues Telecom.” This is the third partner of Full MVNO in France relies on SFR and Orange antennas since 2011, while providing its own core network.
This partnership, signed yesterday between the two parties, will not take effect at the launch of 4G Bouygues, which provides coverage of 40% of the country on the first of October. The date of launch of 4G Virgin Mobile will be unveiled “in several weeks”, according to Geoffroy Roux de Bezieux, who hinted at the turn of the submission of its bid Telib he will wait until 2014. “If Telib includes 4G in 2014, the offer price will change “, he has slipped. Still, for Bouygues Telecom, the MVNO recruitment of subscribers to 1.7 million reflects both its weight on the French market, since it plays spoilsport since the announcement of its early launch of authorized 4G by refarming its 1800 MHz antennas, but also a substantial contribution to earnings expected from the operator. At Virgin, the challenge is different: often criticized for the quality of its network, it will prove that it is capable of providing similar rates to those provided by conventional operators.