Three times as many announcements to launch were recorded in Q1 2017, compared to Q1 2016. Market entry events (actual entry and announcement to enter) doubled in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same quarter in 2016 (30 versus 16).
The number of market exits also rose from 5 in Q1 2016 to 8 in Q1 2017. But the number of MVNO acquisitions fell from 7 in Q1 2016 to 4 in Q1 2017.
There has also been a rise in the number of network agreements being announced in Q1 2017, which rose from 2 to 7 quarter on quarter.
The volume of service expansion and new product rollout announcements was relatively similar, and dwarfed by those intentions to enter the market. As we explained in MVNO market – Q1 2017 update few MVNOs are innovating rapidly – often due to inflexible infrastructure – but this is an area we believe is set to change.