Mobi – a tiny Hawaiian operator that first launched mobile services in 2005 – is preparing to leapfrog into the technological cutting edge of the US wireless industry.
Specifically, the company is preparing to use a cloud-native mobile core from startup WG2 – hosted in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud – to launch a nationwide MVNO service on T-Mobile’s network. Concurrently, the company is also working with Federated Wireless to build a wireless network using its 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum holdings in order to plug gaps in Verizon’s coverage throughout Hawaii.
Taken together, the efforts represent a major technological step forward for an operator that counts around 55,000 customers. More broadly, Mobi’s moves could signal an opportunity for other smaller mobile players to leverage new spectrum and new cloud-based technologies to revitalize their own businesses.
From network operator to ‘full’ MVNO
“Being a ‘light’ MVNO can be a real bummer sometimes,” Justen Burdette, Mobi’s CEO, told Light Reading. “I didn’t want to be stuck in that boat ever again.”
Burdette previously worked at Ting, a Sprint MVNO that was acquired by Dish Network in 2020. Burdette explained that “light”