Latin America

Tecnotree CTO says operators need more agility in BSS environments

The CTO of Finnish business support systems specialist Tecnotree has said the traditional approach to BSS can hold operators back and solutions that work now might be unworkable in five years’ time. Talking to Telecoms.com at the Mobile World Congress 2015, Timo Ahomäki said telcos need to focus their thinking on where their business is going and build a system around that vision.

Millicom reports 15% revenue growth for 2014

Emerging markets-focused operator and media service group Millicom has reported its 2014 financial results showing 14.9% revenue growth for the year, largely attributed to its expansion across the Latin American market.

TCL confirms acquisition, will create a new Palm

China-based TCL Communication, the holding company of affordable mobile device vendor Alcatel OneTouch, has confirmed recent reports it has snapped up the Palm brand from HP. TCL said it is to create a new US-based company, Palm Inc., which will take ownership of the brand and development of mobile devices.

Telefonica, Ericsson bring 4G to Peruvian Amazon

Telefónica and Ericsson have collaborated on a project to bring 4G to Amazon’s Peruvians connecting schools, healthcare facilities and other public body entities to the internet. The two partners said this marks the first time LTE technology has been brought to the Amazon communities.

Entel, Ericsson claim first LatAm live APT700 test

Chilean operator Entel and infrastructure vendor Ericsson have completed what they said is the first Latin American live LTE network test over the APT700MHz spectrum. The trial involved the deployment of 10 test sites with equipment using the frequency band in Rancagua city in Chile.

AT&T to acquire DirecTV for $48.5bn

US carrier AT&T has announced plans to acquire US and Latin American pay TV player DirecTV in a deal valued at $48.5bn. The deal will create a service provider with an offering across mobile, broadband and video that is unprecedented in the market, AT&T said. The transaction, which also involves AT&T assuming $18.6bn in debt, should take a year to complete, the telco said.

America Movil sets sights on Europe with KPN bid

Latin-American operator group America Movil has tendered a bid to take its stake in Dutch fixed-line and mobile operator KPN from 4.8 per cent to 28 per cent, as it aims to expand its geographic reach. The firm, bankrolled by billionaire Carlos Slim, is currently the third largest operator group in the world, in terms of subscriptions, according to Informa’s World Cellular Information Service (WCIS).

Latin fire driving regional MVNO market

The Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) market is set to explode in Latin America as the region’s mobile market matures, new regulations come into force and more network operators open their doors to MVNO partners.

2008 – the year of 3G for Latin America

Almost every Latin American mobile operator launched 3G services in 2008, as the region’s carriers scrambled to push data services in order to offset falling voice revenues and satisfy consumers’ growing hunger for value added products.

Spinvox lands Latin American deal with Telefónica

UK-headquartered speech to text specialist Spinvox has signed a deal with Spanish carrier Telefónica that will see its text voicemail service made available to Telefónica’s entire Latin American customer base. The carrier has almost 125 million customers in the region.

Latin Americans to get 3G

Millicom International Cellular, the mobile carrier headquartered in Luxembourg, has launched 3G services in Guatemala, Honduras and, Bolivia. The launches in Paraguay, El Salvador and Colombia will follow today, tomorrow and before the end of this year respectively, completing the roll-out of 3G across all six of its markets in Latin America. Millicom says that […]

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