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Venezuela’s only state-owned telecoms satellite veers off course

The telecoms satellite was on a 15-year mission to provide television and broadband services to Venezuela The VeneSat-1 satellite, or the Simon Bolivar Satellite, Venezuela’s only state-owned telecoms satellite, is out of service after veering off its orbital course, according to telescopic observations. Launched in 2008,...

LatAm: Claro Brazil resumes zero-rating plans

America Movil’s Brazilian mobile unit, Claro, announced a strategy focused on including zero-rating access to Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp in its prepaid and postpaid packages. The announcement was made less than two months after Claro’s president, Carlos Zenteno, said that zero-rating plans were no longer...

LatAm: End of Cuban embargo to open door for telcos; Ecuador passes new telecom act

With the anticipated end of the U.S. embargo against Cuba, telecommunication services are expected to increase, bringing the country into the 21st century. The general expectation is that Internet access will grow since the U.S. government will start allowing telecommunication companies to set up the necessary equipment and other...

LatAm Wrap-Up: On Telecom starts in Brazil; Mexican telecom sector grew 7.7% in 1H13

A new carrier was announced in Brazil last week. On Telecom will begin its operations backed by billionaire financier George Soros. The new competitor, which is targeting a niche in the Brazilian market,  will offer home and office connections over TD-LTE. On Telecom is...

LatAm Wrap-Up: TIM up, Nextel down in Q2; LTE tests in Venezuela

While TIM posted a 12% rise in its second-quarter profit, beating forecasts on strong cost controls, NII Holdings’ Nextel operations presented a consolidated net loss of $386 million. TIM, Brazil's second-largest wireless telecom operator, said its postpaid base grew 13.9% year-over-year. During a conference call, Rodrigo...

BlackBerry 10 sales to begin in Latam, starting with Venezuela on March 12

BlackBerry will start sales of its recently launched z10 touchscreen smartphone and the BlackBerry Q10 (BB10), a hybrid smartphone that includes a touchscreen and a QWERTY keyboard, throughout Latin America beginning with Venezuela on March 12. The company, which was until recently known as...

Telefónica to invest $791 million in Venezuela this year; looks forward to LTE

Telefónica announced that the company will invest approximately U.S.$791 million (Bs3.4 billion) in its Venezuelan unit during 2013—an increase of 47% compared to 2012. The investment will focus on the installation of 1,525 nodes, tripling the company's fiber deployment throughout the country and acquiring...

Venezuelan regulator assigns more spectrum bands to Movistar, Movilnet and Digicel

Looking to increase operators’ network capacity, Venezuelan telecom regulator Conatel has assigned additional spectrum to the state-run Movilnet, to Telefónica subsidiary Movistar and to the domestically-owned Digicel in the 1.8 GHz and 1.9 GHz bands. Conatel noted that the additional spectrum is aimed at...

Movistar obtains 20MHz in Venezuela; increases investments to $535 million

The Venezuelan wireless company Movistar, a unit of the Spanish group Telefónica, announced it is increasing its infrastructure investment in 2012 to U.S.$535 million (Bs.2.300 million). It has also been awarded 20 MHz in the 1900 MHz spectrum band. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our free periodic...

Venezuela’s Movilnet, Movistar and Digitel apply for 1.7/2.1 GHz auction

Venezuela’s three mobile network operators – state-run Movilnet, Telefónica subsidiary Movistar and domestically-owned Digitel – have responded to last month’s invitation to participate in a tender for three blocks of mobile spectrum in the 1710 MHz-2170 MHz mobile frequency bands, the National Telecommunications Commission...

Telefónica: Fined in Argentina, investing in Venezuela

In the same week that Spanish telecom giant Telefónica announced a $502 million (Bs 2.16 billion) investment in its Movistar unit in Venezuela, the Argentinian government fined it about $41.7 million (185 million pesos) for a massive service outage there in April. In Argentina, Planning...

Venezuela’s Conatel to auction 1.7/2.1 GHz band

Venezuela’s National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) has announced an upcoming auction for three blocks of mobile spectrum within the International Mobile Telecommunications band 1710 MHz-2170 MHz. The government said it aims to improve access to and the quality of mobile telephony services and broadband wireless networks....

Venezuela’s Movilmax to migrate from WiMAX to LTE

RIO DE JANEIRO – Back in September 2007, Venezuelan pay-tv company Movilmax started to provide WiMAX access to people in Caracas, the country’s capital. After having attracted 10,000 subscribers to the service, the company plans to migrate the network to LTE technology and expand...

Internexa invests $30M to launch Brazilian operations, eyes 21% market share

The Brazilian telecommunications wholesale market could become more competitive as Colombian Internexa, which is affiliated with ISA, announced the launch of services in Brazil. Internexa said it has invested $30 million into its Brazilian operations with the goal to gain 21% market share over...

Apple launches iTunes Store in 16 Latin American countries

Much of Latin America can now access Apple Inc.’s iTunes Store as the company launched its music store today in Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela. The iTunes Store in Latin...

In Venezuela, more telecom investment but fewer mobile subscribers

Investment in Venezuela's telecommunications industry increased 21.7% in the third quarter compared with the same period last year, reaching U.S. $220 million, said Conatel, the country's telecom agency. However, the number of mobile subscribers dropped 3.2% from a year ago.

Latin American revenue grows to 46% of Telefónica’s global total

Latin America and mobile data were the main drivers of Telefónica Group's revenue during the first nine months of 2011. Telefónica Latinoamérica reported an 8.1% rise in revenue compared with the same period last year, accounting for 46% of the group total; mobile data revenue rose 19.6%.

Venezuela’s mobile subscribers decrease 4.65% in second quarter

Although Venezuela ended second quarter with 26.8 million active mobile-phone subscribers, this number represents a decrease of 4.65% compared to second quarter 2010. The decrease is from final disconnections of lines that had been suspended but not counted as disconnected, according to the National Telecommunications...

Axesat Inks New Capacity Deal with SES WORLD SKIES to Provide Broadband Services in Latin America and the Caribbean

SES World Skies | March 15, 2011 | Press Release SES WORLD SKIES, a division of SES S.A. (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG), today announced a new capacity deal with Axesat aimed at meeting escalating ...

Telefónica and TV Azteca renew deal

Rapid TV News | February 23, 2011 | Iñaki Ferreras Spain's leading telco Telefónica and one of Mexico’s main broadcasters TV Azteca have renewed their deal to operate in Peru. Movistar TV, Telefónica's brand in this and other Latin American territories, renewed the contract with the...

Dassault Systemes promising cloud offering, Colombia offices by year's end

Business News Americas | February 18, 2011 | Matthew Malinowski Rolling out both a cloud-based offering and opening Colombia offices are among French software provider Dassault Systemes' Latin American priorities this year, the company's regional president, Marcelo Lemos, told BNamericas. The French firm recently introduced its...

Dassault Systemes promising cloud offering, Colombia offices by year’s end

Business News Americas | February 18, 2011 | Matthew Malinowski Rolling out both a cloud-based offering and opening Colombia offices are among French software provider Dassault Systemes' Latin American priorities this year, the company's regional president, Marcelo Lemos, told BNamericas. The French firm recently introduced its...

Boost to telecoms service between Ja, Cuba, Venezuela

Jamaica Observer | February 16, 2011 | Alesia Edwards? OCHO RIOS, St Ann — Telecommunication between Jamaica, Venezuela and Cuba is soon to be strengthened due to the arrival of a new undersea fibre optic cable as part of an agreement between LIME's parent company...

Venezuela, Brazil Complete Fiber-Optic Cable Link

Wall Street Journal | February 11, 2011 | Kejal Vyas CARACAS (Dow Jones)--Venezuela's state-run telecommunications operator, Compania Anonima Nacional Telefonos de Venezuela, or Cantv, said Friday it has finished connecting a fiber-optic cable that links the southern part of the country to northern Brazil. Venezuelan officials,...

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