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LatAm: América Móvil earnings hit by reform; Brazil, Argentina move 700 MHz auctions forward

América Móvil is suffering the consequences of new Mexican anti-trust rules that forbid telecom companies from controlling more than 50% of the market. The Financial Times noted that América Móvil is feeling the pain of the new regulations as its second-quarter earnings showed a 9% year-over-year drop in mobile revenues in the group’s home market of Mexico. However, América Móvil beat […]

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LatAm: World Cup network use broke records; Oi/PT merger hit by funding problems

Now that the FIFA World Cup has ended, carriers and observers are evaluating how the mobile networks performed during the tournament. While the National Union of Fixed and Mobile Telecom Companies of Brazil (SindiTelebrasil) claimed that 2G, 3G and LTE coverage performed beyond expectations and that it received a low volume of complaints, some sports fans who went to the stadiums […]

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LatAm: América Móvil to sell assets in wake of Mexican telecom reform

América Móvil has decided sell some of its assets to comply with Mexico’s new anti-trust telecom rules that forbid companies from controlling more than 50% of the market. On July 8, América Móvil issued a statement announcing that its board has analyzed several alternatives and recommendations, and resolved to reduce the company’s share in the Mexican telecommunications market to less than 50%, […]

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LatAm: Mexico prepares to expand telecom reform; TIM Brasil’s future uncertain

Mexico’s senate is scheduled to hold a special session to debate additional laws to the country’s new telecommunications regulations designed to curb the market dominance of companies owned by billionaire Carlos Slim. The session is set to begin July 4. In a related move, the country’s telecom regulator, the Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, has found that Slim’s fixed-line phone company Telmex […]

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LatAm: Report ― NII Holdings to sell Nextel Chile, Argentina

NII Holdings is reportedly selling its Nextel operations in Chile and Argentina. According to the Argentinean newspaper La Nación, two Argentinian businessmen, Matías Garfunkel and Sergio Szpolski, the owners Grupo Veintitres, are close to buying the mobile phone service for about $250 million. Last year, NII Holdings agreed to sell its Peruvian operations to Entel (Empresa Nacional de […]

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LatAm: World cup attracts millions of wireless users

Before the FIFA World Cup began, Brazilian telecom union SindiTelebrasil said that the operators’ networks were ready to handle the increased data and voice traffic, and during the first week of the tournament the wireless performance was closely watched. During the first games in each of the 12 arenas that hosted the World Cup tournament, about one million cell phone […]

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LatAm: Telcos say indoor arena coverage ready for World Cup

The FIFA World Cup begins today in Brazil, starting with a match between the host country and Croatia in São Paulo at the Arena Corinthians. Around 600,000 foreign tourists are expected to arrive in Brazil for the World Cup, and according to the telecom union SindiTelebrasil, telecom operators’ networks are ready to handle the increased data and voice […]

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LatAm: Chile orders telcos to end free social media promotions

Chile’s secretary of telecommunications (Subtel) ordered telecom operators to end promotions that offer free access to social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, starting June 1. According to Subtel, the promotions violate the country’s Neutrality Act. The Neutrality Act states that carriers can manage their own networks, but cannot discriminate or threaten competition. They cannot block […]

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LatAm: Study – AWS spectrum use to have $53B impact in region

The use of the AWS spectrum band (1700/2100 MHz) for LTE mobile services in Latin America is expected to have a huge positive economic impact, according to a recently released study by GSMA. The report also found that the spectrum band is key to extending existing “4G” deployments, ensuring economies of scale and seamless connectivity across the region. Currently, […]

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Brazil approaches 2.5 million LTE connections

LatAm: Brazil approaches 2.5 million LTE connections

Brazil’s mobile market ended April with almost 2.5 million LTE connections. Although the total LTE base is still relatively small (less than 1% penetration), LTE use has been increasing, with record growth last month. Led by Claro, which added 177,000 new LTE connections in April, the market grew 16.71% compared to March. Vivo added 114,800; TIM […]

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