Yes Telecom founder Keith Curran (pictured) is working on a new service provision venture or MVNO with Vodafone’s rivals, specifically O2 and Orange, Mobile News understands.
Curran left Vodafone at the end of last year, having worked on “special projects” for a period after his exit from Manchester-based Yes Telecom, the business he founded in 2000.
Curran refused last week to be drawn on network suitors for the project, dubbed ‘No Telecom’ (or’Know Telecom’?) by the dealer market. He admitted discussions with potential partners had taken place, however. He also said he was in the process of establishing a management team to get the venture to market.
“I have discussed with network operators something intrinsic and secure in the business sector; to use my understanding and links to the dealer market,” he said.
“The world has moved on from Yes Telecom. I have massive respect for the job it does, but the market has changed and we need new ways to service dealers’ changing views and requirements. A contemporary service provider shouldn’t be a hopper for connections that don’t deliver longterm value to the network. It has to be about giving dealers things that make them relevant to SMEs.
“To be honest, I’m not remotely interested in competing with what is already in the market. Networks want professionals with extremely good relationships with SMEs – and that does not mean just mobile phone dealers. We should be clear on that. I would look to work closely with IT and fixed line resellers as well.”
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