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5G MVNO Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023-2028)

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  • 120 Pages
  • April 2023
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5764183
The 5G MVNO market is expected to register a CAGR of 7.6% for the next five years. Many current MVNOs could increase their consumer-focused offerings on the back of the 5G mobile broadband launch. Web surfing, video, mobile work, and linked cars are some of the consumer-oriented applications and services in this field.

Key Highlights

  • Significant advancements in dependability, latency, bandwidth, and the ability to operate extremely scalable networks with significantly higher efficiency and effectiveness allow these new possibilities. These upgrades would make it possible to create a highly scalable environment for expanding capabilities for MVNOs by allowing MNOs to share network resources to an unprecedented degree.
  • The mobile industry would aim to supply higher-quality networks more affordably, either on its own or in collaboration with other companies. Networks in the 5G future would rely on a blend of tried-and-true and cutting-edge technology and utilize both licensed and unlicensed airwaves across several spectrum bands. Notably, MVNOs are using more important communication services because 5G networks are making it possible for a large number of smart IoT connections to be made. 5G networks also offer a better platform.
  • As 5G is still in its early stages, only a few expensive 5G mobile devices are available on the market that are compatible with 5G. Not everyone can afford expensive 5G-capable smartphones. Also, the technical barrier is serious because MVNOs must make too many adjustments to support 5G. Another issue is the availability of complete or relevant 5G network coverage wherever consumers can go.
  • The 4G rollout taught mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) that they must adopt a more proactive strategy if they are to compete effectively with larger mobile network operators. In the forecast period, 5G will soon be the mobile generation that is embraced the fastest across the globe. With more people wanting faster and more reliable networks, there is a lot of pressure on the MVNOs to offer the same 5G services as the MNOs.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic escalated the demand for faster and more reliable networks worldwide due to the demand for agile and flexible working environments. MVNOs have benefited from sizable client bases during the fast-rising demand for stronger networking infrastructure due to excessive internet traffic during lockdowns. But because the pandemic has spread around the world, telecom network providers have had to put off plans for a 5G spectrum auction.

5G MVNO Market Trends

Demand For 5G is Booming in the Telecom Sector

  • The telecom ecosystem has again taken off, and this happened after two hard years of a worldwide crisis. The world is changing due to the increasing significance of 5G, the Metaverse, the effects of global broadband technology growth, Big Data, Blockchain, IoT, and asset monitoring.
  • The variety of mobile services is expanding daily, along with mobile data traffic on the back of the Internet of Things. As a result, MNOs continuously spend on their infrastructure to enable the necessary capacity expansion. Network automation may overcome difficulties, enabling telecoms to satisfy present-day and future-day expectations.
  • Another significant telecom development for 2023 is the Internet of Things (IoT), since 5G would also enable a new generation of IoT applications and services. IoT is significant because it allows remote access to base stations and data centers. Most telecommunications firms would enhance IoT adoption to take advantage of the technology's advantages.
  • The entire globe is undergoing a digital transformation, which will be well underway by 2023. Telecom firms are investing significantly in 5G infrastructure and technologies. A new wave of digital applications and services would be made possible by the higher speeds and reduced latency offered by this new generation of wireless networks. Home and business owners would therefore have access to extremely high internet connections.
  • The core networks of telecom providers are being upgraded in addition to 5G. This update is expected to support future digital services like cloud computing and the Internet of Things. By 2023, the telecom industry would be well on its way to assisting the digital revolution.
  • With a total of 652 cities with 5G service, China and the United States are well ahead of other countries in their deployment. With active connections in 98 locations, the Philippines has the closest 5G rollout.

Speedy-Growth of 5G in North America

  • The United States and Canada are among the top countries in the world for 5G adoption, resulting from operators' aggressive 5G implementation plans and a quickly growing ecosystem of devices and content. By 2025, more 5G installations will have led to more mid-band spectrum being used by operators. This will increase population coverage to 92% in Canada and 100% in the US.
  • There has been a significant increase in the 5G rollout in North America. According to 5G Americas, the area will have more than 451 million 5G connections by the end of 2025. Due to this quick uptake, MVNOs continue to invest in network-ready services. Operators are continually searching for the ideal offer that will enable them to provide cutting-edge 5G-based services at the most affordable costs.
  • To provide users with new wireless services, providers in North America are currently supporting e-SIM. To give an example from recent times, Data on Tap Inc., Canada's first complete MVNO, declared in March last year that it would now provide free e-SIM pre-orders for a new cellular service that it intends to introduce later this year.
  • The MVNO market in North America would benefit from the current advancements in IoT and linked device technology. More than 66% of households in North America have several Internet of Things (IoT) gadgets, which may include everything from smart TVs and printers to gaming consoles and surveillance equipment, according to a new poll by Avast and Stanford University. In addition to residential IoT devices, an increase in business IoT connectivity would create exciting new potential for MVNOs in the area.
  • According to the GSMA, the deployment of 5G in North America is expected to temporarily slow down, according to updated predictions for the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With 13 million additional connections anticipated in 2025 compared to the pre-COVID-19 prediction, the current assumption is that the 5G take-up will exceed the earlier figure starting in 2023.

5G MVNO Market Competitor Analysis

The 5G MVNO market is fragmented, as it currently consists of many players. Several key market players are constantly working to bring advancements.A few prominent companies are entering into collaborations and expanding their global footprints in developing regions to consolidate their positions in the market. The major players in this market include B.T. Mobile, Telefonica S.A., Sky Mobile, Japan Communications, TracFone Wireless Inc., and several others.

In December 2022, Verizon will extend its 5G home fixed wireless access (FWA) service to prepaid clients through its online prepaid brand Visible. According to Michael Timmermann of the website MichaelSaves.com, who tweeted about the Visible offer and used Visible to purchase Verizon's FWA service, the home router is free. Still, Verizon will charge users for the equipment if they cancel the subscription and don't return the router.

In November 2022, CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited's subsidiary CTM officially began its 5G service plans after recently obtaining the 5G license in Macau. CTM built a 5G experience zone on-site so that clients could get more value-added services, such as speed tests in real time, audio-visual services, and cloud gaming services.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Industry Attractiveness-Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
4.3 Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry
5.1 Market Drivers
5.1.1 Development of a New Generation of IoT Services
5.1.2 Rapid Growth Options Through Network Slicing
5.2 Market Restraints
5.2.1 Lack of 5G Enabled Affordable Handsets in the Market
6.1 Subsciber
6.1.1 Enterprise
6.1.2 Consumer
6.2 Application
6.2.1 M2M Connectivity
6.2.2 Telecom Services Solutions
6.2.3 Bundled Solutions
6.2.4 Retail Solutions
6.2.5 Roaming Solutions
6.2.6 Discount Solutions
6.2.7 Media and Entertainment Solutions
6.2.8 B2B Data Solutions
6.3 By Geography
6.3.1 North America
6.3.2 Europe
6.3.3 Asia-Pacific
6.3.4 Latin America
6.3.5 Middle East and Africa
7.1 Company Profiles
7.1.1 T-Mobile
7.1.2 US Mobile
7.1.3 Sky Mobile
7.1.4 BT Mobile
7.1.5 The Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT)
7.1.6 Tesco Mobile Limited
7.1.7 Japan Communications
7.1.8 CITIC Telecom International Holdings
7.1.9 Truphone Ltd.
7.1.10 Lycamobile UK Limited
7.1.11 TracFone Wireless Inc.
7.1.12 Rakuten Mobile, Inc.
7.1.13 Cubic Telecom
7.1.14 Google Fi

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • T-Mobile
  • US Mobile
  • Sky Mobile
  • BT Mobile
  • The Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT)
  • Tesco Mobile Limited
  • Japan Communications
  • CITIC Telecom International Holdings
  • Truphone Ltd.
  • Lycamobile UK Limited
  • TracFone Wireless Inc.
  • Rakuten Mobile, Inc.
  • Cubic Telecom
  • Google Fi