What is MVNE? Why an MVNE is important for MVNOs?

The MVNE full form is Mobile Virtual Network Enabler.  It is a company that provides all the required infrastructure components to make an MVNO functional from scratch.  In this tutorial, we will describe MVNE and the terms related to it.

What is MNO?  An MNO is your regular mobile network operator, such as Airtel, Orange, etc.

What is MVNO?  An MVNO is a mobile operator that has its own brand and services.  Unlike an MNO, an MVNO can not hold the license for the radio spectrum and will not have towers.  Else it can have all other remaining elements similar to an operator.  What MVNO will have depends on its type.

Why does MVNO need an MVNE?

To start an MVNO (or full MVNO), a company registers itself to the  GSMA for IMSI/MSISDN ranges for a country.  Setup relationships/agreements with other mobile operators worldwide.

Next, they need all the necessary infrastructure to make the SIM cards functional.  For that MVNO needs MVNE.  An MVNE provides all technical and non-technical components. As per the source, there are many companies, that are mobile virtual network enablers.


  • East to start from a low volume.
  • Pay as you grow, and MVNO can choose to start only with a few sim cards with a monthly rental model.
  • Reduces initial setup costs.
  • An MVNE can share platforms with many MVNOs, this reduces the cost of operations.
  • An MVNO does not need to develop or procure core network expertise. They can focus more on business.
  • Faster launching of services, as MVNEs already have the experience to launch mobile services.