March 2005 - Lycatel Announces Appointment of Vice President
Chris Tooley today was appointed as Vice President for the Lycatel Group;
Mr. Tooley has thirteen years experience in the prepaid industry worldwide. Specifically
responsible for the development of Mobile products across Europe, he comments, "Lycatel
has clearly emerged as the fastest growing pre-paid operator in Europe and is ideally
positioned to take advantage of the convergence between mobile telephony and pre-paid
Milind Kangle, CEO comments "I am very pleased to welcome Chris Tooley to the Lycatel
management team and am confident that Chris with his rich experience in the telecommunications
industry will lead Lycatel's mobile business to great heights of success. As co-founder
and former Chairman of the European Calling Cards Association, Chris had the opportunity
to interact with all of the players in the industry and I am particularly proud
that he has chosen to partner with Lycatel - a testimony to our commitment to develop
a world-class organisation".
April 2005 - Lycatel inks deal with leading Italian Telecoms
Lycatel today signed its first prestigious interconnect contract with Wind, Mobile
Network Operator in Italy. Providing Lycatel with access to mobile users in the
Italian market place it allows Lycatel to position low cost international telephony
services to the growing fixed to mobile telephony convergence customer.
Milind Kangle, CEO, commented, "We are pleased to have inked this prestigious business
deal with Wind and are keen to nurture mutually beneficial relationships with partners
of this caliber across Europe."
Lycamobile to present at Economist conference - Rome June
Lycatel launches Belgium's first low cost pre-paid international mobile SIM. Consumers
purchase a Lyca Mobile SIM from participating retailers, activate, and within hours
enjoy ultra competitive low cost international calls from their mobile handset.
December 2005 - T-Mobile Netherlands Mobile Virtual Network
Operator Invoice Contract Signed
Lycatel are pleased to announce the signing of its inaugural MVNO contract with
T Mobile Netherlands. Set for a June 2006 launch this signing signals the strategic
intent to roll out prepaid international mobile SIM products across Europe over
the next three years:
Subas Allirajah, Chairman of Lycamobile comments:
" We are pleased to partner with T-Mobile Netherlands on this exciting venture –
our focused MVNO strategy will concentrate on leveraging our current competitive
advantages of call quality, pan European distribution, brand equity and awareness,
7 million customers and prepaid billing technology, to position the Lycamobile product
providing our customers with cheap international calls from the mobile."
Milind Kangle, CEO of Lycamobile comments:
"This is an exciting first step towards the strategic addition of mobile services
to the business. Investment in the technology platforms for this business will enable
Lycamobile to interconnect with mobile operators across the world through a wide
choice of protocols including Camel Phase 2 providing flexibility to adapt to MNO
requirements. The application platforms have been developed ground up with a number
of features tailored to the needs of mobile customers such as person to person airtime
transfer, SMS bolt-ons, prepaid accounts based conference calling and parent child
June 16th 2006 - Lycamobile Launches in Holland
Today Lycamobile SIM cards went on sale to the general public in the Netherlands,
the Lycamobile product offers quality and price conscious international callers
with a fully functioning mobile prepaid SIM card product.
Milind Kangle, CEO of Lycatel commented: "The mobile business and Lycamobile brand
will form the cornerstone of our future growth and investment strategy globally."
Chris Tooley, Executive Director Lycatel Ireland commented: "We are delighted to
partner with T-Mobile for this exciting venture. With the Lycamobile brand we aim
to acquire over 5 million ethnic and expatriate consumers across the globe in the
next three years. The Lycamobile offering leverages on the high quality provided
by T-Mobile combined with the high quality of international calling that customers
using the Lycatel brand currently enjoy in the Netherlands."
Pim van der Feltz, Marketing Director T-Mobile Netherlands: "We welcome Lycamobile
as the first mobile virtual operator that is using our network. In the UK and Germany
T-Mobile has been giving access to service providers for many years. Lycamobile
is the right partner to enter this market in the Netherlands as well and provides
us the opportunity to serve more market segments by using our international experience."
Click here for the T-Mobile Netherlands Press
December 2006 - Lycamobile Netherlands acquires 100,000 active
Lycamobile Netherlands today acquired its 100,000 active subscriber, 6 months after
its initial launch.
Milind Kangle, CEO Lycamobile comments:
" Lycamobile customers have embraced the brand and the rapid growth is a reflection
of the quality of the product. This achievement renews our focus and determination
to grow the brand into Europes largest prepaid international MVNO in the next three
Andrew Monnery Vice President for Lycamobile comments:
"Our ongoing success in the Netherlands reflects the focused approach we have adopted
in order to provide customers with a quality International mobile product with market
leading international calling rates. We would like to thank our customers and we
are sure that they and many more will continue to enjoy the Lycamobile experience"
November 2006 - Lycamobile Appoints Vice President
Lycamobile are delighted to announce the arrival of Andrew Monnery as Vice President.
Andrew has over 15 years experience in the mobile industry.
Subaskaran Allirajah, Chairman Lycamobile comments:
" Andrew has broad and deep experience in the mobile industry working with mobile
operators such as Vodafone and Orange and we will benefit from his wealth of knowledge
as we continue to make significant investments to develop the mobile business. I
am pleased to welcome Andrew to the Lycamobile family."
Milind Kangle, CEO Lycamobile comments:
"Andrew has a track record of success with the worlds biggest mobile operators and
his arrival to the Lycamobile family is a testimony of the solidity of the Lycamobile
business model and vision. I am confident that Andrew will drive the Lycamobile
brand to great heights of success."
Click here to see Andrews profile
January 2007 - Lycamobile Hits 1000 Sponsored Shops in the
As part of the ongoing Lycamobile channel strategy we are pleased to announce the
refurbishment of our 1000 sponsored shop in the Netherlands.
Rob Beswick Marketing Director comments:
"Our sponsored shop policy has enabled us to achieve two objectives, firstly a commitment
to support local retailers with high impact branded merchandising options and deals
on product and secondly to ensure maximum visibility on the high street for the
Lycamobile brand. We will continue to grow our Sponsored shop footprint over the
January 2007 - Lycamobile to be distributed through Alphyra,
Paybase and H@ND
Lycamobile are pleased to announce that Lycamobile top-up vouchers would now be
distributed through e-voucher distributors Alphyra, Paybase and H@ND.
Rob Beswick Marketing Director Comments:
"We are delighted to announce the partnership with Alphyra, Paybase and H@ND in
the Netherlands. This will allow Lycamobile customers to buy Lycamobile top up e-vouchers
in over 15,000 retailers across the Netherlands."
March 2007 – Thought Leadership from Key Executives at Lycamobile
Lycamobile are pleased to share their insight into the fast developing MVNO business
through participation at key telecom industry events for 2007.
26th – 27th February 2007 CAPACITY MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA
2007 Milind Kangle – Chief Executive
Click here to download Milind's presentation
at Capacity MENA showcasing the Lycamobile MVNO success story.
Click here to download Milind Kangle's Carriers World Presentation 2007
24th - 26th April 2007 INFORMA : SIM SUMMIT 2007 Andrew Monnery
– Vice President
Andrew Monnery Lycamobile Vice President will be presenting key thoughts on Lycamobile
SIM strategy and how MVNO's such as Lycamobile manage the SIM relationship.
Click here for more details on this
12th - 14th June 2007 INFORMA : MVNO's & MOBILE BRANDS WORLD
CONGRESS Milind Kangle – Chief Executive
Milind will be discussing the Lycamobile strategy and how Lycamobile is ideally
positioned to become Europe's leading International Prepaid MVNO.
here for more details on this event
18th - 19th June 2007 CAPACITY CEE Milind Kangle – Chief Executive
Milind will be discussing the impact Lycamobile has had in generating wholesale
revenue streams through its penetration of the CEE consumer market in the Netherlands
and Belgium. Milind will also discuss growth in this fast moving consumer sector,
and how partnership with Lycamobile can generate incremental revenue opportunities
for CEE carriers.
Click here for more details on this
25th – 28th September 2007 CARRIERS WORLD 2007 Milind Kangle
- Chief Executive
Milind will be presenting key thoughts on leveraging brand equity through the successful
MVNO model and exploring the integration of MVNO strategy into traditional landline
Click here for more details on this event
March 2007 – Lycamobile Appoint Senior Business Development
Jon Strickland joins Lycamobile as Senior Business Development Manager.
Jon has 12 years in the telecommunications business of which the last 5 years were
with Hutchison 3G in the UK. Jon led the design and roll out of the key technical,
financial and business elements required to deliver service to 3G MVNO customers
Milind Kangle Chief Executive Comments:
"I am delighted to welcome Jon and I am confident that his experience as Head of
MVNO Development at Hutchison 3G will accelerate the continued growth of Lycamobile."
to read Ernest's profile
March 2007 - Lycamobile Appoint Chief Operating Officer
Lycamobile are delighted to announce the appointment of Ernest Akinlola as Chief
Operating Officer. Ernest joins Lycamobile with responsibility for the operational
excellence of the Lycamobile product across Europe.
Milind Kangle Chief Executive comments:
"Ernest has broad experience in the mobile sector having worked with the UK's largest
operators. We are delighted to welcome him to the Lycamobile team."
May 2007 - Lycamobile Launches in Belgium
Lycamobile are delighted to announce the Launch of its Prepaid International Mobile
services in Belgium.
Milind Kangle, Chief Executive Lycamobile, Comments:
"We are delighted to announce the partnership with Mobistar and invite consumers
to experience great call quality at competitive rates, now from the convenience
of their mobile phone."
Lycamobile is already the fastest growing international mobile brand in the Netherlands
with over 150,000 customers joining Lycamobile in its first seven months, testimony
to the quality of the service.
Lycamobile Belgium is positioned to repeat this success by delivering sustained
customer delight through a relentless focus on quality of service, the lowest mobile
international rates in the market and customer service excellence.
April 2007 - Lycamobile Netherlands Generates its 100,000,000th
Lycamobile Netherlands customers have now generated over 100 million minutes of
voice traffic since launch in June 2006.
Rob Beswick, Marketing Director comments:
"This is a sizeable milestone for the Lycamobile brand. Lycamobile has striven to
provide customers with the best value in the market place whilst ensuring that the
quality of the service is not compromised. Reaching this milestone is testimony
to the embracement of Lycamobile by our customers"
April 2007 - Lycamobile Appoint Project Manager
Lycamobile are delighted to announce the appointment of Neil Probyn as Project Manager.
Neil has 9 years mobile telecoms experience, from his time at T-mobile and, most
recently, at MVNO easyMobile.com. Neil led the project team at easyMobile and was
heavily involved in the repositioning of the brand, launch of data services and
the introduction of their high street proposition.
Neil joins us with the initial responsibility of project managing the roll out of
Lycamobile services across Europe.
April 2007 - Lycamobile Inks Distribution Agreement with Shell
Lycamobile is delighted to announce that it has inked a prestigious distribution
agreement with Shell in the Netherlands. This agreement allows Shell to sell Lycamobile
SIM Packs, and top up cards through its petrol station retail network throughout
25th - 27th September 2007 INFORMA : EVOLVING MOBILE PARTNERSHIPS
AND MVNO's Milind Kangle – Chief Executive
Milind Kangle, Chief Executive for Lycamobile will be making a keynote presentation
assessing the success of MVNO partnerships in Europe and presenting a detailed case
analysis of relationships and strategies that have led to Lycamobile growth.
IIR NETWORK OPERATORS & MVNO's Milind Kangle – Chief Executive
A chance to hear Milind Kangle, Chief Executive for Lycamobile present a keynote
case analysis of the Lycamobile business model, the core advantages for MNO's and
analysis of recent successes in the Netherlands and Belgium Markets.
Lycamobile Featured in Capacity Yearbook 2008
With the beginning of the New Year, Capacity have published their 2008 Yearbook
and this year Lycamobile has had the opportunity to contribute to the Yearbook with
an interview with Milind Kangle, CEO.
Milind's contribution titled "MVNOs: the future is global ethnic brands …" provides
a look at the challenges that face mobile operators and examines the key success
factors that MNOs need to explore as part of their selection of MVNOs to ensure
that the MNO-MVNO partnership delivers genuine value.
click Here to download the PDF
January 2008 – Lycatel Appoints Chief Technology Officer
Lycatel are delighted to announce the appointment of Mohan Kumar as Chief Technology
Officer. Mohan has over 19 years experience in the telecoms sector with industry
leading experience in the development of MVNO architecture and systems. Mohan joins
us from Xius-bcgi where during his role as President of the Company he drove MVNO
thought leadership and technology strategy development across the Company resulting
in numerous launches for core network platforms for MVNO and MNO including HLR,
GMSC and OSS and BSS components for GSM, CDMA, WiFi and WiMAX.
February 2008 – Lycatel to Sponsor Capacity Europe 2008, Amsterdam
Lycatel are pleased to announce that it is sponsoring the Capacity Europe Telecoms
conference to be held in November 2008 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Capacity Europe
is Capacity Magazine's flagship conference in Europe and brings together prestigious
global carriers from around the globe. Lycatel will also be hosting the opening
evening cocktail reception and looks forward to welcoming all to the event.
For more details please click here
Lycamobile to present at Informa - MVNO Industry Summit, Barcelona,
CEO, will be speaking at the forthcoming Informa, MVNO Industry Summit in June 2008.
Focusing on the Lycamobile global growth strategy Milind will be presenting key
insights into the Lycamobile MVNO business model and exploring the critical success
factors required for a global MVNO strategy to succeed.
Click here for more event details
March 2008 – Lycatel to Sponsor International Telecoms Week
Washington DC, June 2008
Lycatel are delighted to announce that it has taken a main sponsorship position
at the forthcoming International Telecoms Week held in Washington this June. Lycatel
will also be hosting a round table at this event in the Monroe West Ballroom on
Tuesday the 3rd between 5pm and 7pm in the evening.
Rob Beswick Marketing Director Comments
"Lycatel are pleased to support ITW with their inaugural event in Washington, this
event is a fantastic opportunity for the global telecoms community to meet and do
business under one roof. As part of our ongoing wholesale marketing strategy we
will be closely working with ITW to showcase Lycatel's capabilities in the wholesale
For more details on ITW please click here:
March 2008 – The Lycamobile Brand Crosses the 1,000,000 Subscriber
Lycamobile is delighted to announce that it has crossed the 1,000,000 user mark.
Subaskaran Allirajah, Chairman Comments:
"I am proud of the Lycamobile team of professionals who are driving the Lycamobile
brand to provide the best value proposition to our consumers."
"We are delighted to have added over 1,000,000 subscribers to the Lycamobile family.
Our customers can be confident that they will continue to benefit from the Lycamobile
unparalleled international call quality and our cost leadership position. With more
launches imminent in Europe over the next months we are firmly on track to achieve
our mission of acquiring over 7 million global subscribers."
May 2008-Lycamobile to present at Economist conference - Rome
Milind Kangle, CEO, will be the guest speaker at the Economist II European MVNO
Summit in Rome on 26th and 27th June 2008.
MVNO business model application across different countries with similarly MVNO friendly
regulatory environments.Expertise required to successfully assist companies
in undertaking a pan-European operation.Best MVNO partnerships to suit a pan-European
MVNO. Choose the most effective strategy: find a single trans-national MNO partner
or negotiate MNO partnerships in different territories.
The topic at the III Round Table will be: A pan-European MVNO: is it a feasible
May 2008-OVUM - Another MVNO to enter the crowded UK mobile
Lycamobile is looking to launch as an MVNO in the UK. Discussions with MNOs have
begun, but no agreement has been signed yet.
Click here to read more
May 2008 - Mobile News - Dextra in for debut MVNO's 750k goal
Lycamobile, the fast-growing European MVNO business of market leading calling card
company Lycatel, is in talks with network operators about an imminent UK launch.
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June 2008 - Mobile News - Lyca bat out of hell
Lycamobile hasn't even launched in the UK yet, but chief executive Milind Kangle
is already talking about securing 60 to 70 per cent market share. James Blackman
Click here to
Lycamobile's Swiss launch to be first of eight new markets
for ethnic MVNO in 2008
Ethnic market MVNO Lycamobile last week launched its Swiss offering on the Orange
It follows Lycamobile launches in The Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Denmark and
Click here to read more
Lyca closes on UK Orange MVNO
Ethnic MVNO Lycamobile is close to signing with Orange in the UK as it pursues 750,000
UK subs in first year
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UK network operators ramp up MVNO activities
Vodafone leads the charge for new service revenues from wholesale, as O2, Orange,
T-Mobile and 3 respond to its aggressive strategy in the space
Click here to read more
Wish friends and family Eid Mubarak with Lycamobile's 3p per
minute festival off - 30th september '08
BanglaPost – Lycamobile launches new pay as you go SIM card – 29th September'08
The Observer – Cheap International calls on new free SIMs – 28th September'08
Times Online – Mobiles that beat the phone giant – 28th September'08
Guardian Unlimited - Cheap international calls on new free Sims – 28th September'08
Ogilvy PR shakes hands with Lycamobile on launch of low-cost pay
as you go sim card in uk – 22nd september'08
Times - Orange is seeking new subscribers in Britain among ethnic minority consumers
in a new mobile venture with Lycatel – 22nd September'08
Mobile News – Lycamobile aims for 1m subs in first year – 22nd September'08
Brand Republic – Mobile network Lycamobile hands £10m account to Ogilvy – 22nd September'08
Total Telecom – International MVNO thrive in tough economic times – 22nd September'08
Lycamobile Launches Low-Cost Pay As You Go SIM card in UK – 22nd September'08
Like a Chat? Like a Bargain? Lycamobile launches Pay As You Go SIM card for High
Quality International and National calls at Lowest rates ever. – 22nd September'08
Ogilvy shakes hands with Lycamobile on UK product launch brief – 22nd September'08
The Sunday Times – O come all ye bargain hunters – 7th December '08
Technology & Mobile Device News & Reviews
– Lycamobile's Free Text Message Offer – 4th December '08
Tech Reviews Cnet UK – Like cheap calls? Then Lycamobile –
4th December '08
Have a MERRY CHRISTSMS with Lycamobile's FREE text message
offer - 28 th November '08
Lycatel to Sponsor Capacity Europe 2008, Amsterdam – 17 & 18 November
Mobile News – Lycamobile intros half-price calls – 12 November '08
Mid-season offer from Lycamobile lets you call around the
world for even less - 11 th November '08
Data select teams up with Lycamobile on wholesale distribution
deal - 30th October '08
Payzone offers retailers the new Lycamobile service - 29th October '08
IntoMobile -Lycamobile's 3p/minute offer during
Diwali - October 23 '08
DejaTalk -Lycamobile's 3p/minute offer during
Diwali - October 23 '08
Telecom Paper – Payzone UK retailers offer top-ups for Lycamobile – 22 October '08
What mobile forum – 22 October '08
Payzone agrees Lycamobile top-ups - 21 October '08
Lycamobile Wishes Happy Diwali With Lycamobile's 3p Per Minute
Festival Offer - 20 October '08
Gomo News - Lycamobile buys into Bollywood star - 17 October '08
Payzone offers retailers the new Lycamobile service – 16 October
Lycamobile sponsors UK concert tour of bollywood
idol Adnan Sami – 16 october '08
The cutting room – a bold move from Lyca - 03 October '08