It has been 13 years since the first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) entered the SA market with much fanfare. More than a decade later the MVNOs, which lease network infrastructure from mobile operators to sell data and voice services, have failed to gain traction and shake up the industry.

The MVNOs — which include Virgin Mobile, FNB Connect, Mr Price Mobile and Standard Bank Mobile — contribute about 1.8% of the total mobile subscribers. ..

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