|Organization name||Lebara Mobile|
|Legal name||Lebara Mobile|
|Headquarters||25 Copthall Avenue,
EC2R 7BP, United Kingdom
|Phone number||++44 (0)203 036 3000|
Lebara Group (Lebara) is a telecommunication service provider company based in the United Kingdom and was founded in 2001. The Company was started with three Partners, LE = Rasiah R. Leon, BA = Baskaran Kandiah & Yoganathan RA = Ratheesan = LE-BA-RA.
The company’s business operations are based on Mobile Virtual Network Operator business model. Lebara offers low cost international mobile services to meet the need of ethnic minority communities or foreign communities. Its mobile product is a basic talk and text service, but with low cost calling to international destinations. Geographically, the company is active in Australia, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. Currently, it serves around three million customers across its operations.
Yoganathan Ratheesan, 34, CEO of Lebara Group launched London-based telecoms company Lebara in 2001, and started selling international telephone calling cards. Lebara has moved into the mobile phone business, supplying cheap calls. Demand from an increasingly international population wanting to use mobiles for communicating with friends and family abroad has boosted sales from £946,000 in 2002 to £49.5m in 2007, when it made a £203,000 profit. In 2007, it went into partnership with Vodafone. We value the company at £35m and Ratheesan owns it all. In 2009, Lebara generates annual sales in excess of €371 million operating as a provider of international wholesale minutes and as a virtual mobile operator (MVNO).
Yoganathan Ratheesan, said: “Our strong revenue growth is driven by the exceptional adoption of our award-winning offering which when added to our targeted distribution strategy and unique customer support, makes us a formidable and compelling force in the market. I am delighted with the team’s impressive achievements last year and we have exciting plans for further significant growth as we go into 2010. We are also proud to be one of the few companies hiring in our sector and we very much look forward to welcoming and working with our latest team members.”
Baskaran Kandiah, currently owns share in Lebara, and is a founding Partner and Director at Lebara.
Lebara Group MileStones
May 2004 - Lebara Netherlands Using KPN as its MNO and Aspider Solutions
March 2005 - Lebara Norway, Using Telenor as its MNO and Aspider Solutions
June 2005 - Lebara Denmark
Feb 2007 - Lebara Spain Using Vodafone as its MNO
March 2007 - Lebara Switzerland, Using Sunrise as its MNO
October 2007 - Lebara United Kingdom, Using Vodafone as its MNO
March 2009 - Lebara Australia, Using Vodafone as its MNO
January 2010 – Lebara Germany, Using T-Mobile as its MNO
April 2010 – Lebara France, Using Bouygues Telecom as its MNO
Lebara continues to go from strength to strength – and has been recognized by a number of awards and rankings for achievements, these include:
- In December 2009, Lebara was ranked as the Best Overall Enterprise at the Asian Achievers Awards in London.
- Lebara Mobile in the UK was the Winner of the 2009 Most Innovative Service presented by the Mobile News Awards
- In 2009 Lebara Mobile in Switzerland was awarded Most Recommended Mobile Provider status by Comparis.ch
- The judges in the 2008 Mobile Awards voted Lebara Mobile “Best Newcomer” to the UK market
- In 2008 Real Business Magazine placed Lebara in their Hot 100 listing for the second year running
- In 2007 Real Business Magazine placed Lebara in both its Hot 100 and Top 50 to Watch in Mobile listings
- The ‘Fast Track 100 listing’, produced by the Sunday Times in 2006, ranked Lebara as the fourth fastest-growing private company in Great Britain
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100 Leman Street, London, United Kingdom
Lebara Group (Lebara) is a telecommunication service provider company based in the United Kingdom. The company’s business operations are based on Mobile Virtual Network Operator business model. Lebara offers low cost international mobile services to meet the need of ethnic minority communities or foreign communities. Its mobile product is a basic talk and text service, but with low cost calling to international destinations. Geographically, the company is active in Australia, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. Currently, it serves around six million customers across its operations. The company is headquartered in London, United Kingdom. In 2009, the company was rewarded wtih Innovative Service in the 2009 Mobile News Awards, for the international SIM card product.
No. employees: 105
Turnover: 238.24 (US$m)
Financial year end: December
Lebara Mobile Limited
5th Floor, London, United Kingdom
Lebara Mobile Limited (LML) is a London based international mobile telecommunication services providing company. LML offers one of the low-cost national and international calls direct and text services at low cost calling to international destinations. The company is a part of the Lebara Group. The company is positioned as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) utilizing Vodafone UK network, which operates on GSM digital mobile that covers around 99% of UK population. The company target customers are the ethnic students, ex-pats, immigrants and small businesses dealing with foreign suppliers or distributors. In 2009, the company received Innovative Service (Mobile News Awards), for the international SIM card product.
No. employees: 105
Postbus 267, AG Diemen, Netherlands
Lebara B.V. (Lebara) is a mobile telecommunication service provider in Netherlands. The company is engaged in offering low cost international calling cards targeted to ethnic community. Lebara is a subsidiary of Lebara Group, one of the leading international telecommunication service provider. The company is positioned as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) that operates on KPN network, which is based on GSM technology. The network covers more than 90% of the Netherlands population. Lebara markets its products under its flagship brand ‘Lebara’, through network of 10,000 retail outlets including Albert Hejin, Belcompany, Shell, The Phone House and Post offices. Lebara has a clientele of approximately 150,000 people. The company is headquartered in AG Diemen, Netherlands.
No. employees: 40
Turnover: 67.00 (US$m)
Financial year end: December
Thurgauerstrasse 54, Zurich, Switzerland
Lebara GmbH (Lebara) is a mobile telecommunication service provider in Switzerland. The company is engaged in offering international calling card to ethnic community. Lebara is a subsidiary of Lebara Group, one of the leading international telecommunication service provider. The company is positioned as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) that operates on Sunrise network. Lebara markets mobile SIM cards and top-ups through more than 120 outlets and 1,800 Swiss post offices to ensure a nation widespread availability across the country. It has entered into partnership deal with various retailers including k kiosk (D/SWISS) and Naville (F/CH). The company is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.
No. employees: 05
Lebara Australia Limited
Level 6, 61 Lavender Street, Milsons Point, Australia
Lebara Australia Limited (LAL) is a pre-paid mobile services provider based in Australia. The company is engaged in offering low cost, high quality international mobile services using GSM technology. LAL is a part of Lebara Group. The company is positioned as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) utilizing Vodafone Australia’s network for reselling local and international calls. The mobile network covers over 94.5% of Australia, while all the international calls are passed to the Lebara Mobile international switch network and routed to their destination. LAL markets its products and provide recharge facility through 8500 stores spread across the country.
Turnover: 75.77 (US$m)
Financial year end: December
Lebara Germany Limited
5th Floor, 100 Leman Street, Großbritannien, Germany
Lebara Germany Limited (LGL) is a telecommunication service provider and positioned as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). The company is an operational part of Lebara Group BV, a teleccom service and solutions provider. LGL is engaged in rendering pre-paid mobile services including SIM contracts, low cost calls, high quality international mobile services using GSM technology. Further, the company operates through regional high quality network for rendering state-of-the-art network for advanced service designed to support more valued telecommunications solutions, such as international calling services, voice mail, and secure data storage etc. Furthermore, the company is fostering a number of further steps in the service territory for extending its services and product portfolio, such as catering benefits to loyal customers, and offering services and products with considerable added value for the targeted group. Additionally, LGL retains business partners such as, retailers, convenience stores and other entities for rendering their full range of services including top-ups, International phonecards and related accessories etc. The company is headquartered at Dusseldorf, Germany.
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