Australian MVNOs: 3G or 4G?

Mobile users looking for lower prices for higher data caps often turn to mobile virtual network operators like Vaya, Lebara and Amaysim. However, many MVNOs do not yet offer the 4G services sold by the big three telcos.

To date, Optus is the only wholesale 4G provider in the Australian market. As a result, only MVNOs on the Optus network are yet able to provide 4G services. However, it is expected Telstra and Vodafone will follow eventually.

“When we launched our 4G network we ensured it was available on a wholesale basis to our partners from day one,” an Optus spokesperson said.

“Optus’ wholesale strategy is based on sustainable growth, fostering competition and providing consumers with greater choice. We work directly with our wholesale partners to deliver a range of services that their customers want, including superfast 4G.”

Telsyte analyst, Alvin Lee noted that Optus “has a much larger base of wholesale mobile customers compared to Telstra and Vodafone, and the MVNO market has been one of the key growth areas in the past two years.”

“Strategically it makes more sense for Optus to make 4G available to its wholesale customers,” he said.

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