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LatAm Wrap-Up: Telefónica, Telecom Italia deny sale of TIM; Movistar Peru launches LTE

Spanish telecom giant Telefónica denied a report that it is preparing a joint offer to take over Telecom Italia’s Brazilian unit, TIM.

The Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore published an article last week stating that Telefónica was working on a joint offer to buy TIM Brasil. According to the report, Telefónica was looking to set up a vehicle with Brazilian market rivals América Movil and Oi to take over TIM, with the report stating the partners would then look to break up TIM.

Brazil’s antitrust regulator has told Telefónica to either sell its interest in TIM Brasil or seek a new partner for its market-leading Vivo mobile business.

Telecom Italia released a statement saying it was unaware of any bid for TIM Brasil and noted that its Brazilian operation remains strategic for the group.

LTE: Movistar Peru launched LTE services across several districts of Lima, the country’s capital. Last year, Telefónica’s local unit, Movistar, paid $152.2 million for spectrum in the 1.7/2.1 GHz (advanced wireless services) band. Under terms of the deal, Movistar has to deploy LTE and offer services in 234 locations including district capitals and select towns.

Also in Peru, a local news sites reported that Americatel is preparing to launch LTE services in the first quarter of 2014. Americatel won a bid for AWS spectrum last year and will focus its LTE offerings on fixed services for small and medium firms.

Latin American mobile apps: The mobile content platform Movile announced a new app marketplace aimed at bringing together original equipment manufacturers, carriers and app developers. According to the company, the marketplace lets OEMs and carriers choose to pre-load apps that developers have uploaded at a single central site. Movile claims its marketplace would solve common problems developers experience when trying to expand into Latin America since it connects developers directly with OEMs and carriers.

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Roberta Prescott
Roberta Prescott
Editor, [email protected] Roberta Prescott is responsible for Latin America reporting news and analysis, interviewing key stakeholders. Roberta has worked as an IT and telecommunication journalist since March 2005, when she started as a reporter with InformationWeek Brasil magazine and its website IT Web. In July 2006, Prescott was promoted to be the editor-in-chief, and, beyond the magazine and website, was in charge for all ICT products, such as IT events and CIO awards. In mid-2010, she was promoted to the position of executive editor, with responsibility for all the editorial products and content of IT Mídia. Prescott has worked as a journalist since 1998 and has three journalism prizes. In 2009, she won, along with InformationWeek Brasil team, the press prize 11th Prêmio Imprensa Embratel. In 2008, she won the 7th Unisys Journalism Prize and in 2006 was the editor-in-chief when InformationWeek Brasil won the 20th media award Prêmio Veículos de Comunicação. She graduated in Journalism by the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, has done specialization in journalism at the Universidad de Navarra (Spain, 2003) and Master in Journalism at IICS – Universidad de Navarra (Brazil, 2010) and MBA – Executive Education at the Getulio Vargas Foundation.

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