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A look at the progress of industrial IoT in Latin America

Increasing internet connectivity, just not for "things" The growth of the internet in Latin America has been swift in the past few years, due largely to the mobile network and smartphone boom in countries like Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Argentina, according to the Latin Post....

Chile to invest $700M in LTE; Brazil pilot to organize poles

After several delays, the deployment of LTE in Chile is about to begin. Claro, Entel and Movistar, which won access to spectrum, were confirmed by the country's Comptroller General. Private carriers are set to invest $700 million to deploy the next generation of telecommunications services...

LatAm: NII Holdings misses $119M payment, sells Nextel Chile

NII Holdings has remained in the headlines in Latin America ever since it announced a likely bankruptcy last week. On August 15, the company, which operates under the Nextel brand in Latin America, said it has elected not to pay approximately $118.8 million in interest due on senior notes. A...

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...

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...

LatAm Wrap-Up: América Móvil declared dominant player in Mexico; 18 countries have LTE

The Mexican Federal Telecommunications Institute (Ifetel) has declared that América Móvil units Telmex and Telcel are prevailing economic operators in the telecommunications sector. Ifetel had already named Televisa the dominant operator in the broadcasting sector. According to local news reports, unlike the television agency,...

LatAm Wrap-Up: NII Holdings slumps; report claims Brazil not mobile-ready for World Cup

NII Holdings, which operates in Latin America under the Nextel brand, posted a rough 2013, with the company reporting losses in both subscribers and revenue. “We are clearly disappointed with our operational performance in 2013, and we are taking actions to improve our business results,...

LatAm Wrap-Up: GSMA says region entering new development phase; Movistar Chile launches LTE

In 2012, the mobile industry generated more than 3.7% of Latin America's GDP, contributing U.S.$211 billion to the region's economy. Latin America now accounts for 10% of the global mobile market in terms of revenue, more than double the percentage from ten years ago....

LatAm Wrap-Up: Facebook to open office in Colombia; mobile boosts Chilean Internet

With 250 million active users in the region (about 21% of total users), Facebook is looking at Latin America as a strategic area for the company. For example, over the next year, Facebook will open its fifth office serving Latin America. Located in Colombia,...

LatAm Wrap-Up: Movistar and Claro to give infrastructure back to Colombia; growth in Mexico, Brazil

Telefónica’s Movistar and América Móvil’s Claro have been ordered to give their mobile infrastructure back to the Colombian state when their concessions end in 2014. Colombia's constitutional court ruled that the two operators are obliged by law to give the entire infrastructure back. According to...

LatAm Wrap-Up: Video interview with Accedian; Oi’s Q2 loss; Claro Chile’s LTE goals

With increased competition in the telecommunications market, Latin American carriers should be worried about improving customer experience. According to James M. Artimez, Accedian Networks' vice president of sales for Latin America, carriers should be proactive instead of waiting for telecom regulators to punish them for...

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...

LatAm Wrap-Up: Telefónica, América Móvil Q2 results; LatAm investment leaders

The two largest telecom operators in Latin America have released their second quarter financial results. América Móvil beat expectations, reporting better-than-expected second quarter core profits and revenue, as more customers made mobile calls in Mexico and South America. As for the Spanish group Telefónica,...

LatAm Wrap-Up: Chile’s new DTV law; Argentina could ban mobile line sales

After four years of debate, the Chilean Senate has approved a terrestrial digital TV law. The legislation will go next to Chilean House of Representatives. The new law is expected to open the market for new channels and technologies. If approved, it could take effect...

LTE launches in Chile; Claro first to use new technology

A mobile call on March 7 between Subtel's Undersecretary of Telecommunications, Jorge Atton, and the CEO of Claro Chile, Gerardo Muñoz, was the first call made in Chile using an LTE network. For the voice, they used 3G under CSFB (circuit switch fall back). In July,...

Chilean carriers choose LTE vendors

Chilean wireless operators have begun to name vendors for their upcoming LTE launches. América Móvil’s Chilean unit, Claro, and Telefónica’s local wireless operator, Movistar, have chosen Nokia Siemens Networks. The Chilean Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Entel) has tapped Ericsson to deploy this new generation of telecommunications. In July, Chile’s...

Chile sets new standards for telecom services

Chilean watchdog Subtel has set new service quality indicators for Internet, mobile and fixed telephony services that will be used starting this year. According to the minister of transport and telecommunications, Pedro Pablo Errazuriz, the new indicators will replace the national average as the...

In Chile, Claro wins, Movistar loses with number portability

América Móvil's Chilean wireless unit, Claro, has won the most subscribers since Chile enacted number portability a year ago. The telecom operator received 126,358 new lines from customers who switched from other carriers to Claro. Telefónica's Movistar lost the most: a total of 109,123...

Analyst Angle: Argentina and Chile become smart markets

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our weekly feature, Analyst Angle. We’ve collected a group of the industry’s leading analysts to give their outlook on the hot topics in the wireless industry. With smart devices taking the center stage at the first industry event of 2013, CES in...

A look at how the Chilean wireless market is evolving

Chile has reached 4,342,397 mobile broadband Internet connections, representing a 24.9% penetration, according to the latest report from Chile's secretary of telecommunications, Subtel. Smartphone Internet connections represented 70.82% while dongles (modems) accounted for 29.18% of all 3G accesses by the third quarter of 2012. Follow...

Chilean Claro submits application to become infrastructure operator

The Chilean Claro has applied to the Chile's secretary of telecommunications (Subtel) to become an infrastructure concession operator. A Subtel spokesperson confirmed that Claro had submitted the application and said that the agency is evaluating the request.  Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our free periodic newsletters The...

New Chile mobile operators add 200,000 subscribers, increase competition

This year marked a milestone for the Chilean wireless telecom market with the arrival of new operators and increased competition. The new operators, including Virgin Mobile, VTR Móvil, Nextel, GTD Móvil and Netline, added 200,000 subscribers between April and September according to numbers compiled by...

Chilean Falabella to launch MVNO using Entel networks

The Chilean retail company Falabella is set to launch mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services using the network infrastructure of  Chilean mobile operator Entel. Named Falabella Móvil, the MVNO will focus on Falabella's existing customers, offering customized solutions and quick access to Falabella stores.  Be...

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