05 March 2009

Nokia to become MVNO in India?

One of my favourite source of rumours... err, I mean information, is Rethink Wireless by ARChart. Now they have a very delicious rumour about Nokia planning to become a MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) in India.

Nokia might operate together with NTT Docomo, just like they do in Japan with Nokia Vertu luxury brand. Is this a second step on Nokia's long-term plan to expand, or even move away, from hardware manufacturer position? Service provider on top of dummy operator data pipes?

Wonder what mobile phone operators would think about that? Wonder why NTT Docomo agreed to this? Would they have common interests or common adversaries? Interesting times ahead!