United Kingdom (29 May 2003)
|Area served||United Kingdom , Republic of Ireland, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic|
|Key people||Anthony Vollmer (CEO)
Ronan Dunne (Chairman)
Tesco Mobile Limited (trading as Tesco Mobile) is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Slovakia, Hungary and Czech Republic. It is operated by Tesco, using the O2 network as its carrier except in Hungary, where the network operator is Vodafone.
Tesco Mobile was established in May 2003, it is run on the O2 network in the UK. As such, the virtual operator is able to offer comprehensive coverage of the UK population with customers at the end of June 2012.
On 19 December 2006, Tesco Ireland announced that it would enter into a joint venture with O2 Ireland to offer mobile telecommunications services. The service, which is Ireland's second MVNO (the defunct Cellular 3 having been the first), uses the O2 network but operates separately. It has been allocated the area code 089. As with Tesco's UK mobile service, it has been branded Tesco Mobile. The network commenced operation in 2007.
Tesco Mobile has 200,000 customers in Ireland (as of 26 July 2011).
Tesco Mobile Hungary will be a 50:50 joint venture providing Tesco Mobile branded services in Hungary through Tesco stores and on-line, using Vodafone’s technology and network.
On O2 December 2009, Tesco Stores SR announced that it would enter into a joint venture with Telefónica Slovakia to offer mobile telecommunications services. The service, which is Slovakia's second MVNO (the naymobile having been the first), uses the O2 network but operates separately.
In May 2013, Tesco Stores ČR a.s. announced that it would enter into a joint venture with Telefónica Czech Republic to offer mobile telecommunications services. The service, uses the O2 network but operates separately.
- Ronan Dunne at LinkedIn
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