Lithuania: Bite Badmouthed – TelecomPaper reports mobile operator Bite Lithuania has complained to the Competition Council regarding advertisements run by Tele2 Lithuania that it claims are misleading. MVNO Eurocom, a unit of Bite Lithuania, has also formally complained. Tele2 launched the campaign in response to advertising from the Bite group. Tele2 claims that the campaign from Bite is misleading. The ads from Tele2 were suspended by the Vilnius city court earlier this week.

Spain: MVNO migration – Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Pepephone is to be hosted by Mobile Network Operator Yoigo, and no longer by Vodafone, according to the Expansion newspaper. Pepephone has some 450,000 subscribers. The move will give Pepephone access to 4G technology, which Vodafone had barred the MVNO from on its own network. Director Pedro Serrahima said the MVNO had no choice as many of subscribers had 4G-enabled phones and had already ported their numbers to the four operators with active 4G networks. No dates were given for the migration. Pepephone is also reported to have filed proceedings against Vodafone for breach of contract.

UK: Messy migration – Asda Mobile is reported to be experiencing what are called major problems in migrating its subscribers from Vodafone to EE’s network. Mobile Today reports that the problems started when Asda decided to move from Vodafone to EE in September 2013, with the actual move occurring in late December. A new SIM card was required but there appears to be a backlog of subscribers still to be moved to the new MNO. Asda said it was working with EE to resolve the problems.

MVNO news in summary week ending 21 February 2014