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 Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Movistar Argentina has activated a total of 50 LTE-4G base stations in the centre of Buenos Aires, reports local daily Clarin. Company sources said the network is already operational and that they accelerated the deployment to improve the service and decongest 3G networks. They also announced that 200,000 customers who already have 4G-enabled devices will shortly be sent the new chips that are needed to use the service.

Movistar is the first Argentine operator to launch 4G services and is expected to be followed shortly by the operators Personal and Claro. Movistar last week revealed that it had sold 100,000 4G-enabled since announcing the service in December and that the company had already installed 160 LTE base stations covering several cities in the Buenos Aires province, including Buenos Aires itself, as well as the nearby conurbations of Mar del Plata, Pinamar and Carilo.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 09:30:49 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 21 February 2014

Canada has completed its auction of frequencies in the 700 MHz band, awarding 97 licences to eight companies for a total CAD 5.27 billion. The government said the results of the 22-day auction mean there will be at least four operators able to offer services in every region. Operators will also be able to expand LTE services to rural areas. 
The big winners of the auction were the existing mobile operators. Bell acquired 31 licences for CAD 566 million total, Telus bought 30 licences for CAD 1.143 billion and Rogers Communications took 22 licences for CAD 3.292 billion. Videotron also acquired seven licences for CAD 233 million, MTS acquired one licence for CAD 9 million, and SaskTel bought one block for CAD 8 million, focusing on their home regions.

Newcomer Bragg took four lots of spectrum for CAD 20 million, and Feenix took one for CAD 0.3 million. Two participants, TBayTel and Novus, did not acquire any spectrum, and one licence went unsold.

Bidders have until 05 March to pay 20 percent of the spectrum fees, with the remainder due by 02 April. The next major auction in Canada will be the 2,500 MHz band, scheduled to begin in April 2015.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Americas | LTE | Mobile | Spectrum
Friday, 21 February 2014 10:59:34 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 03 October 2013

The smallest of Venezuela’s three cellcos by subscribers, Digitel, announced the official full commercial launch of its 4G LTE mobile broadband network on 9 September, following a limited post-paid-only launch in July in selected areas of Greater Caracas, Maracay and other mainly central and western cities. Over the last few months the cellco has been expanding and optimising the 1800MHz LTE network, whilst also upgrading and expanding its 3G HSDPA+ network to augment its high speed mobile internet coverage. The rollout so far has seen Digitel activate over 230 LTE base stations, or 60% of the projected 385 cell sites planned for this year, initially concentrating on the most densely populated areas in order to capitalise on the demand for data services, with a medium-term goal of installing more than 800 LTE base stations. Meanwhile, it has upgraded more than 500 3G base station sites nationwide with an end-year goal of migrating over 1,000 base stations to IP protocol.

Digitel’s 4G LTE services are already available in parts of Caracas (mainly in eastern sections of the city), La Guaira (in Capital Region), Maracay, Cagua, Valencia, Puerto Cabello, Turmero, La Victoria, Guacara (all in Central Region), Araure, Barquisimeto, Acarigua (all in Central-Western Region), Valle de La Pascua, Calabozo (both in Llanos Region in the centre of the country), Maracaibo, Cabimas, Ciudad Ojeda (all in Zulian Region in the far west), Margarita (in the Insular Region of islands off the north coast), Puerto La Cruz and Lecheria (both in Eastern Region).

Digitel said that LTE will ‘soon’ be available in additional areas, including the remaining uncovered zones of Caracas, Valle de La Pascua and Calabozo, as well as Coro, Punto Fijo (both in Central-Western Region), Anaco, Barcelona, Maturin, Cumana, Carupano, El Tigre (all in Eastern Region), Ciudad Bolivar, Puerto Ordaz (both in Guayana Region in the east of the country), and parts of Andean Region (in the west), thereby spreading the network to all Venezuelan Regions.

Three ‘Smart Plan’ data, voice and text packages are available for 4G users, and the LTE network is open to all pre- and post-paid customers from the official announcement of commercial services. Users with compatible devices – which currently include a Huawei-built Android-based smartphone, a BlackBerry model or alternatively a USB modem – may acquire an LTE U-SIM card to activate 4G-speed data services.

Over 5,000 post-paid customers with suitable 1800MHz-compatible devices were able to use the network in its early launch phase, the company revealed, and while delays have been caused by a shortage of foreign currency in Venezuela with which to buy 4G network equipment and LTE-capable handsets or other devices, a Digitel spokesperson said that it has requested to import one million LTE phones, ‘a figure consistent with the number of users who want this technology’. The target figure represents over 15% of Digitel’s current user base of roughly 6.5 million.

Having previously reported that it had spent USD400 million on the rollout of its HSPA+ network since Q4 2011 (a figure that included fibre-optic/IP backbone expansion/upgrades and 3G/4G mobile broadband spectrum acquisition), the company has now upped that investment, announcing this week that it has spent over USD600 million on the launch of LTE and HSPA+ combined, including the necessary frequencies and fibre/IP build-out to support the radio network deployment. Digitel’s investment budget for full-year 2013 is USD268 million.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 03 October 2013 08:45:40 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communication (MTC) has announced that the Agency for Promotion of Private Investment (ProInversion) has successfully completed the sale of two 20-year, 40MHz (2×20MHz) spectrum licences in the 1700MHz and 2100MHz paired bands (also known as Advanced Wireless Services [AWS] spectrum) for 4G services. Movistar was awarded the ‘A’ block of 1700MHz/2100MHz frequencies for USD152.23 million – more than double the USD63.4 million reserve price – whilst Americatel Peru, the Peruvian arm of Chile’s Entel, won the ‘B’ block of AWS spectrum with a bid of USD105.51 million.

Deputy communications minister Raul Perez-Reyes noted that on top of the USD257 million payment for the authorisations, the licensing would also lead to investments totalling around USD800 million over the next ten years. The official added that within the next six years 234 districts would be covered by Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks: ‘We’re going to grant at least four million families access to high speed mobile internet in the following years.’

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 06:58:30 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 05 July 2013

AT&T announced 35 new LTE markets today, bringing the grand total to 326 and coverage for more than 200 million people.

AT&T said it expects to cover 300 million people with 4G LTE service by the end of 2014, with 90 percent of its planned 300 million POPs by the end of this year.

New locations range from sea to shining sea, including areas of Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi, as well as Arkansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Missouri, Minnesota, Texas, Washington, California, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Friday, 05 July 2013 13:25:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Verizon Wireless announced that Parkersburg, West Virginia became the 500th market in the US with access to Verizon's LTE network. The Verizon Wireless LTE network now covers over 99 percent of Verizon Wireless' 3G network. The LTE network is available to 298 million people in 49 states, and Alaska will receive the service from next month. First launched in December 2010, the network now carries 57 percent of all data traffic on the operator's network.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Friday, 05 July 2013 13:22:54 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 02 July 2013

Wireless code to help Canadians make informed choices and contribute to a dynamic marketplace.

Today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued a wireless code that will make it easier for Canadians to understand their contracts and sets out their basic rights. The code will apply to new contracts for cellphones and other personal mobile devices starting on December 2, 2013.

The wireless code addresses the main frustrations that Canadians shared with the CRTC, which included the length of wireless contracts, cancellation fees, roaming charges and other industry practices. Among other things, individual and small business consumers will be able to:

  • terminate their wireless contracts after two years without cancellation fees, even if they have signed on for a longer term
  • cap extra data charges at $50/month and international data roaming charges at $100/month to prevent bill shock
  • have their cellphones unlocked after 90 days, or immediately if they paid for the device in full
  • return their cellphones, within 15 days and specific usage limits, if they are unhappy with their service
  • accept or decline changes to the key terms of a fixed-term contract (i.e., 2-year), and
  • receive a contract that is easy to read and understand.

The wireless code will apply to all service providers in Canada. In particular, the code will apply in full to postpaid services (where customers pay a monthly bill after using their services), and where applicable to pre-paid wireless services.

Source: CRTC.

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 07:22:44 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 23 May 2013
Brazilian operator Oi has started issuing the Oi Wallet, the first reloadable pre-paid card on the local market, in partnership with Banco do Brasil and Cielo. It works with both the mobile phone and the traditional card, providing mobility, convenience and cost control. The product allows users to make purchases at over a one million authorised Cielo sales points; to make pre-paid Oi top-ups and to transfer money to other customers. It is also possible to make withdrawals at ATMs from Banco do Brasil and corresponding banks.
The launch will be carried out in stages and is currently available to selected customers. Transactions happen via S@t Push technology, in which the messages are encrypted and not stored in the mobile. The monthly fee for Oi's new service is BRL 8.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:45:48 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 21 March 2013

Uruguay's telecoms regulator Ursec has awarded spectrum to mobile operators Claro and Movistar for a total of USD 64.2 million, El Pais reports. The licenses cover the next 20 years. Claro and Movistar will use the spectrum to provide 4G services across Uruguay.
Movistar won four spectrum blocks in the 1900MHz frequency band, and Claro received two blocks in the 1900MHz band and two blocks in the 1700/2100MHz band.

State-owned operator Antel did not participate in the bidding process but will have to pay USD 38 million for reserved spectrum. Antel will receive one spectrum block in the 900MHz frequency band and four blocks in the 1700/2100MHz band.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Thursday, 21 March 2013 09:48:33 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 09 January 2013

Mexico Congress votes for cell phone charges by the second MEXICO CITY, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Mexico's lower house of Congress voted unanimously on Tuesday to change the country's telecom law to make cell phone operators charge customers per second of call, instead of rounding in minutes, as they had been doing for years.

The move had previously been approved by the Mexican Senate. The modification, which now only requires the final signature of president Enrique Pena Nieto, will become official 90 days after being published in the country's official gazette.

Source: Chicago Tribune.

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 09:34:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Claro, the Brazilian unit of América Móvil, became the first carrier to launch LTE services in the country. Claro announced that LTE services are now available in the cities of Recife, Campos do Jordão (SP), Paraty and Buzios (RJ). Commercially branded as 4GMax, the service will be offered as part of phone and modem chip packages.

Although Claro was granted 40 megahertz of spectrum in Brazil’s June spectrum auction, the carrier started services in Recife using just 10 megahertz. Claro said it will gradually ramp up the service. In the cities of Campos do Jordão, Buzios and Paraty, Claro is using all 40 megahertz of spectrum.

Claro stated that it will meet Anatel’s requirement to provide LTE coverage for all the FIFA Confederations Cup host cities by April 2013. Coverage in the remaining cities will follow Anatel’s schedule.

Located in the northeast, Recife is the capital of the state of Pernambuco. According to Claro, Recife’s entire population is covered with 3G networks, and 93% of the state of Pernambuco’s urban population is covered by the carrier.

Claro is offering packages and plans above 5 gigabytes. The devices compatible with Brazil’s LTE technology are Motorola’s Razr HD, which costs about $314 (R$649), and Samsung’s Galaxy SIII, which costs about $479 (R$999); however, these prices are attached to the company’s contract plan: Claro Unlimited 200 4G. As for modems, Claro offers the Huawei E392 for about $153.50 (R$320) when attached to the contract plan dubbed Claro Internet 5GB. The pricing plans may vary according to region.

Source: RCR Wireless.

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 09:30:49 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 20 December 2012

Mobile number portability (MNP) is now available in Paraguay, TeleSemana reports. The service is priced at PYG21,864 (USD4.82) and includes an eight-day processing time, which is scheduled to decrease to five working days by the end of the year.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June 2012 Spanish firm El Corte Ingles won the contract to administer Paraguay’s MNP database, after being selected by the Comision Tecnica de Portabilidad Numerica (CTPN), which comprises representatives of the country’s four mobile operators – Tigo, Nucleo (Telecom Personal Paraguay), Hola Paraguay (Vox) and Claro Paraguay – and telecoms regulator Consejo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Conatel). El Corte Ingles reportedly beat off stiff competition from Ericsson del Paraguay, a local offshoot of US firm Telecordia. El Corte Ingles has administered Spain’s number portability database since 1999, with a monthly average of over 140,000 ported lines. It has already won numerous contracts to administer MNP across Latin America, including markets such as Peru, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Mexico, although it lost out to chief rival Telcordia in both Argentina and Chile.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 20 December 2012 15:46:21 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 14 December 2012

Brazilian cable services operator Net Servicos (Net) now has more than five million residential broadband subscribers in the country, Telecompaper reports without citing its sources. The cableco, which offers high speed internet access under the Net Virtua banner, says it reached the milestone in September, and now claims to be the market leader in that particular segment. Recent successes in subscriber take-up have been driven by the success of its convergence strategy – offered via Net Combo. Net says that four out of five subscribing households currently take at least two of the three services on offer – voice telephony, broadband internet and pay-TV – and that its network now passes six million homes.

Earlier this month the cableco reported that favourable exchange rates were the reason why its third-quarter net profit quadrupled to BRL108 million (USD53.3 million) from BRL23.6 million in 3Q11. The company, which is controlled by America Movil (AM) of Mexico, confirmed that its results were boosted by the depreciation of the Brazilian real versus the US dollar in the third quarter, adding that income for the period was ‘substantially influenced by the positive effects of exchange rate changes.’ The real fell 13% against the dollar compared with 3Q11. Net reported third-quarter revenue of BRL2.03 billion in July-September, up from BRL1.7 billion in the three months ended 30 September 2011. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) was BRL559 million, up from BRL486 million a year earlier.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 14 December 2012 10:37:46 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Brazil telecom regulator Anatel on Friday ordered TIM Participacoes, the nation's No. 2 wireless carrier, to stop selling a flat-rate promotion plan with unlimited calls per day because of concerns about service quality.

It was the latest in a series of regulatory setbacks for the Brazilian unit of Telecom Italia. In July, Anatel banned TIM's sales in 19 states for nearly two weeks until the company presented an investment plan to improve service.

TIM started selling its "Infinity Day" promotion on Monday, allowing customers to make unlimited phone calls within the carrier's network for a flat rate of 0.50 real ($0.24) a day.

The plan could bring "potential instability" to the company's network and "hurt the quality of service for all TIM customers," Anatel said in a decision published on Brazil's official gazette.

TIM was not immediately available to comment on the regulator's decision. The company intended to sell the plan to prepaid customers on a promotional basis until Jan. 15.

TIM has 30 days to provide Anatel with a study on the impact of the plan on its network and to make the necessary adjustments to ensure its service meets the agency's quality standards.

Source: Reuters.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 13:35:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 13 November 2012

America Movil’s (AM’s) domestic mobile subsidiary, Telcel, has reportedly inaugurated commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) services, BNamericas reports. Telcel, which is Mexico’s largest cellco by subscribers, is understood to have made its 4G network available to customers in a total of nine cities at launch, with those being: Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Queretaro, Puebla, Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, Hermosillo and Merida. For now, LTE-based services are restricted to post-paid customers only, although AM CEO Daniel Hajj was cited as saying that pre-paid options will be offered in the future.

Six LTE-compatible handsets are being offered to those customers looking to take up the new service, including the Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE, while Telcel has noted that the iPhone 5 will be available from January 2013. Pricing for the 4G service ranges from MXN499 (USD38) per month for a 500MB usage allowance, rising to MXN899 for a 700MB allowance.

Mr Hajj is also cited as saying that approximately 35% of Telcel’s mobile subscriber base currently uses data services, broken down as 20% which access data via its 2G network and 15% which connect via the 3G infrastructure. Having noted that data usage had increased tenfold over the past three years, Telcel has said a similar growth rate is likely in the wake of its 4G launch, with Mr Hajj reportedly saying that the cellco expects between one and three million people to adopt 4G within a year.

Meanwhile, with Telcel reportedly set to invest around USD3.95 billion on network upgrades between 2012 and 2014, at least USD1 billion of which will be spent on 4G equipment, it has said that it aims to expand coverage to 26 cities covering 65% of the population by April 2013.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 08:52:31 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 08 November 2012

According to data published by Brazil’s Associacao Brasileira de Telecomunicacoes (Telebrasil), the country was home to a total of 83 million broadband accesses (fixed and mobile) at the end of September, up 58% or 30.5 million connections on the same time in 2011. Of the total, some 63.6 million people were accessing the internet via a mobile broadband connection, with a further 19.4 million using a fixed connection. The popularity of mobile internet access is booming, with Telebrasil noting that connections increased by 84% in the year to 30 September 2012, with 50.9 million Brazilian owning a 3G mobile phone and 12.7 million using a data terminal (modem/dongle) at that date. Further, the association notes that the uptake of smartphones is accelerating with numbers rising by 86% between September 2011 and 2012, including 30 million new 3G mobile connections. In the fixed broadband sphere, the country registered some 1.4 million net new users in the period under review, up 7.7% year-on-year. Telebrasil attributes a significant portion of the growth to the success of the country’s national broadband plan – Plano Nacional de Banda Larga – which it estimates accounted for 31.5% of all new fixed high speed accesses.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 08 November 2012 14:39:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 29 October 2012

A report published this week by Cisco during the Futurecom conference in Rio de Janeiro claims that Brazil is currently underserved when it comes to the deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots, accounting for only 0.5% of the global total of 777,000. Cisco’s Brazil president Rodrigo Abreu said that despite boasting the world’s fifth largest mobile subscriber base, behind China, India, the US and Indonesia, there were only 4,000 Wi-Fi hotspots deployed in Brazil in June, compared to 180,000 in the UK alone at the same date. Abreu confirmed that Brazil’s mobile network operators are keen to utilise Wi-Fi to alleviate congestion of their 2G/3G networks, but are still assessing how best to monetise such a business model.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, 29 October 2012 16:51:46 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Bolivian president Evo Morales has announced that Entel Movil, the wireless arm of the country’s former monopoly domestic and international long-distance (DLD and ILD) service provider Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Entel), has achieved coverage of all of the country’s municipalities. According to local press source La Razon, at the launch of the network in Puerto Siles the politician revealed that Entel now offers services in the capitals of all 339 municipalities, up from 198 at January 2010 and 337 at the beginning of this year. It has been reported that Entel Movil has now deployed more than 1,500 base stations across the country.

Looking ahead, Mr Morales was also cited as saying that the launch of a new satellite – Tupac Katari – which is due to launch in late 2013, will improve communications in Bolivia further, and having achieved 100% coverage for mobile voice services, it is understood that the government now hopes to reach similar coverage levels for internet access. In line with such aims President Morales has reportedly called for an acceleration of the deployment of 4G technologies.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, 29 October 2012 10:39:49 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Telefonica’s Mexican wireless unit has revealed that it has nearly completed the rollout of the first stage of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. In a press release Telefonica Mexico announced that initially its 4G network will be available in three locations, those being: the Polanco area of the capital Mexico City; Zapopan in the state of Jalisco; and the city of San Pedro in Nuevo Leon. The new service is expected to launch sometime this month. In making the announcement, Telefonica Mexico also noted that it expects to spend more than MXN3 billion (USD234 million) on its LTE rollout between now and end-2013.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, 29 October 2012 10:36:34 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 01 October 2012

The Bureau of Telecommunications and Post of Sint Maarten (BTP-SXM) has released its first ever set of telecoms data relating to the Caribbean island nation. The watchdog, which was established as an independent regulatory authority on 10 October 2010, following the formal dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles, has revealed that the country recorded a total of 67,124 mobile subscribers as at 31 December 2011, equivalent to a population penetration rate of 164.3%. Meanwhile, broadband subscribers numbered 10,966 at the same date, with Sint Maarten accounting for just 6,862 wireline customer accounts.

TeleGeography notes that telecoms companies licenced to operate on Sint Maarten include full-service telecoms provider Telem Group, pan-Caribbean mobile group UTS, US Virgin Islands-based broadband/cable TV firm Innovative Cable and internet service provider (ISP) Scarlet. Most recently, cableco MacTech was licensed to offer broadband services over its cable infrastructure on 27 February 2012.

Despite a series of referendums held in the early 1990s indicating that the islands that comprised the Netherlands Antilles were happy to remain a part of it, the arrangement was a fairly unhappy one, and between June 2000 and April 2005, each island held a new referendum on their future status. Of the five islands, Sint Maarten and Curacao voted for ‘status aparte’, Saba and Bonaire voted for closer ties to the Netherlands, and Sint Eustatius voted to stay within the Netherlands Antilles. On 12 October 2006 the Netherlands mainland government reached an agreement with Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba to make these islands special municipalities, while Curacao and Sint Maarten were granted autonomy on 3 November 2006. The Netherlands Antilles was officially dissolved on 10 October 2010, with Curacao and Sint Maarten becoming new constituent countries.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, 01 October 2012 13:08:54 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Chilean regulator Sub-Secretaria de Telecomunicaciones (Subtel) has announced that population penetration for internet services had increased to 34% by end-June 2012, reaching the regulator’s target for 2014 more than a year ahead of schedule. Subtel attributes the uptake to the growth of mobile devices, the enforcement of net neutrality and government spending on increasing connectivity for schools and rural communities. The regulator added that customer complaints relating to internet-use made up just 7.3% of the total complaints in the sector, with Subtel ruling in favour of customers in 82% of cases. The most common complaints were regarding continuity of service and breach of contract, whilst issues with browsing speed were the fifth leading cause of complaints. The average maximum speed of internet connections in Chile was reportedly 3.4Mbps.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, 01 October 2012 12:56:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 04 July 2012

Costa Rican regulator the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel) has announced plans to implement mobile number portability (MNP) by the end of 2012, or early 2013. The watchdog will select a company to manage the service by the end of August and the company will be given three months for infrastructure work, followed by a month of testing. As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Sutel originally planned to have MNP available when it ended the monopoly of incumbent operator ICE Celular last year but chose to delay its implementation when the regulator failed to decide how to distribute the costs. MNP is expected to shake up the market further and level the playing field for the market’s two newest entrants, Mexican-backed Claro Costa Rica and Movistar Costa Rica. Even without MNP, the new players – backed by Latam heavyweights America Movil and Telefonica – have begun eating into ICE’s customer base: in the first three months of 2012 alone, ICE lost more than 400,000 subscribers to the new operators, reducing its market share from 93.1% to 87.8%.

In other Costa Rica news, Sutel has invited interested companies to take part in a preliminary hearing to receive comments prior to the watchdog’s launching of a tender for ‘Monitoring and Managing the National Spectrum’. The regulator is inviting comments on the draft tender until 25 June.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, 04 July 2012 15:56:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 22 June 2012

Chilean telecoms regulator the Sub-Secretaria de Telecomunicaciones (Subtel) has announced the completion of its public-private initiative, to deliver broadband services to remote rural communities. The project, which saw Subtel partner with local operator Entel and was launched December 2009, rolled out wireless broadband networks to 1,474 towns and villages allowing around three million Chileans to access the internet more easily. The project cost USD110 million, with Entel providing USD65 million, and USD45 million coming from the Fund for the Development of Telecommunications (FDT) and the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications (MTT). As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the first stage of the project was completed in September 2010, having connected 451 communities, consisting of around 1.7 million people.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 22 June 2012 15:02:32 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 27 April 2009

According to figures released by the regulator, Anatel, the number of wireless subscribers in Brazil reached 153.7 million at the end of March, up 0.9% month-on-month. Vivo, a joint venture between Telefonica of Spain and Portugal Telecom, leads the market with a 29.7% share of users, followed by America Movil-backed Claro (25.8%), TIM (23.5%) and Oi (16.8%).

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, 27 April 2009 11:10:01 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mobile banking, in Colombia, has started gaining acceptance, reports nation’s Ministry of Finance. In 2008, the country saw 2.53 million m-banking operations, of which 443,787 were used for COP 12 billion in transactions and 2.08 million to check account balances. The country’s m-banking platform is being offered by Redeban Multicolor in partnership with Gemalto. The platform enables prepaid and postpaid mobile subscribers to access their bank services.
The pioneering banks in this area are AV Villas, Bancolombia, Davivienda, BBVA and Banco BCSC Colmena.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, 27 April 2009 08:53:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Brazil ended 2008 with 10 million broadband subscribers, an increase of two million on the previous year, according to a study published by the Brazilian Telecommunications Association (Telebrasil). Broadband penetration reached 5.3 percent, up from 0.2 percent in 2001. The number of internet users surpassed the number of subscribers to pay-TV services (cable and MMDS), which amounted to six million. At the end of last year, more than 190 million users subscribed to telecommunications services, of which 41.3 million to fixed telephony and 150.6 million to mobile telephony. Gross revenue of the sector (fixed, mobile telephony, internet, pay-TV) was BRL 177.7 billion, a 12.9 percent increase on the BRL 157.3 billion produced in 2007.
Source: Telecompaper.
Tuesday, 21 April 2009 12:33:09 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­comScore has published the results of a study of U.S. Internet usage via mobile PC data cards, which showed that the subscriber base - which previously had been growing strongly - began to decelerate noticeably in Q4 2008.

The study examined the usage and characteristics of mobile PC data card users through data collected from computers where Internet access via mobile broadband Internet service providers (ISPs) occurred.

Click here to see full article

The study also compared the Internet usage patterns of mobile broadband PC data card users with the general U.S. Internet population to determine how the availability of mobile broadband affects online time. It is important to understand whether online access via mobile broadband represents incremental Internet usage or merely a shift in usage time between different access points.

When looking at the population in aggregate, the results indicated that PC data card usage actually represents a time-shift in Internet consumption, as PC data card users spent nearly the same amount of time online (89 hours) as typical U.S. Internet users (90 hours) during Q4 2008. Of PC data card users with both a PC data card and a wireline ISP, approximately 25 percent of their total online time (22 hours) was spent using a PC data card.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009 12:29:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 17 April 2009

­The Mexican mobile market finished the year on 77.93m customers with a below-par performance for customer growth in Q4 2008. In fact, the quarterly increase of 2.24m was the smallest gain since Q2 06 and the smallest fourth-quarter gain in five years. The main cause of this was Iusacell’s loss of 0.56m customers as the result of a customer clean-up programme.

However, the other operators also saw slightly disappointing figures for quarterly net additions, with all three recording a gain below that of Q4 07. The result was a marked slowdown in annual customer growth: from 21.2% in 2007, the rate fell to 13.4% in 2008, the first time it has dropped below 15% since Q4 03. However, with penetration at 70.5% at the end of the year, the decline may not be inexorable, and it is possible that 2009 will see a slight upturn.


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Source: Cellular News.
Friday, 17 April 2009 16:14:47 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 15 April 2009

­The technology story in the Caribbean & Latin America (CALA) region is simple: most US based technologies are in full retreat, while the international GSM/W-CDMA standards are proliferating. During the quarter, the number of customers connected to AMPS, TDMA and CDMA systems declined by 4.4m overall, bringing the number of disconnections so far this year to 19.9m, or 5.2% of the starting base.

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CDMA networks experienced the largest drop in absolute terms. It is only two years since Vivo began selling GSM handsets in Brazil, but over that time, the number of CDMA connections has dropped from 64.9m (of which 26.0m were in Brazil) to 41.7m. The disconnection rate appears to be accelerating slightly, the quarterly average increasing from 2.7m per quarter during 2007 to 3.1m per quarter in 08. Brazil, obviously, is not the only market where the technology is in retreat, with similar – or steeper - declines being seen in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Only Venezuela has seen an increase in users over the year but following CANTV’s decision to move to GSM, that is unlikely to be repeated in 09.

GSM has, predictably, been the main beneficiary. The range of low priced handsets available for this technology gives it a material advantage and over the year, it added a further 87m users, which took the regional total GSM base past 400m. GSM, of course, faces a growing “challenge” from its own 3G variant, W-CDMA. This first became available in Q2 07 although the overall base has reached just 5.3m (of which 4.9m were added in 2008).

Source: Cellular News.


Wednesday, 15 April 2009 14:39:38 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 06 April 2009

Despite the fact that the Canadian mobile market is probably the least developed in the Western world, with a penetration rate of just 63.9% at the end of 2008, it performed poorly in the fourth quarter of the year. Quarterly net additions stood at just under 410k, down from 580k in Q4 07. In fact, this was the smallest fourth-quarter gain since 1997. More worryingly still, this was the first year since 1990 that fourth-quarter net additions were not the highest of the year: the Q3 08 increase was more than 27% higher than the Q4 08 figure at 520k.

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In real terms, the total market stood at 21.63m customers at the end of 2008. Rogers led the way with 7.94m ahead of Bell (6.50m) and TELUS (6.13m). The other operators, MTS and SaskTel, are both regional (operating in Manitoba and Saskatchewan provinces) and with 0.4m and 0.5m connections respectively they have little market presence.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, 06 April 2009 10:17:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The US trade body, the CTIA has published the findings of its semi-annual industry survey, which includes numerous positive metrics on the industry’s continued growth and popularity. In particular, wireless revenues showed impressive year-to year gains, as wireless data service revenues for the year 2008 rose to more than $32 billion. This represents a 39% increase over 2007, when data revenues totaled $23.2 billion. Wireless data revenues for 2008 amounted to nearly 22% of all wireless service revenues, and represent what consumers spend on non-voice services.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, 06 April 2009 09:40:18 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Since the launch of mobile banking system in Colombia, the m-banking subscribers have crossed the mark of 9 million. Colombia has made an addition of 11,000 new m-banking customers per month, a report reveals. This service enables subscribers to use their mobile phones to consult their bank account balance, make money transfers and bill payments, as well as top-up prepay mobile phone accounts.

The incumbents like Comcel, Movistar and Tigo currently provide m-banking services as part of their value-added services portfolio.

The subscribers of Colombia made around 960,000 m-banking transactions, average generated by each subscriber is 8 m-banking transactions monthly.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, 06 April 2009 09:34:36 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

M3 Wireless, Bermuda based mobile operator, has launched the island’s first 3G wireless broadband network, offering its subscribers broadband-like data speeds with prices ranging from BMD93 to BMD153 (USD93 to USD153) per month.

Source: Wireless Federation.

3G | Americas
Monday, 06 April 2009 09:31:32 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Although the American market did not suffer quite so badly as the Canadian market in the fourth quarter, it did see a disappointing figure for net additions. The quarterly gain of 4.15m represented the lowest increase since 2002, and it was 58% lower than the 6.55m recorded in Q4 07. The total market reached 271m customers, equivalent to a penetration rate of 88.8%. Meanwhile, the inexorable decline in annual growth continued: 2008 saw an uplift of just 6.1%, the lowest figure ever recorded in the market in more than 25 years of service.

Apart from declining growth, the other significant trend in the American market in recent times has been consolidation. In Q4 07 Dobson and Rural Cellular were acquired by AT&T and Verizon Wireless respectively, and SunCom Wireless followed shortly afterwards, T-Mobile snapping it up in Q1 08. Later in the year, AT&T announced that it was to acquire Centennial Communications. However, all of these deals paled in comparison alongside Verizon’s merger with Alltel, which will create the largest mobile company by customer numbers in the country – even after some enforced disposals due to overlapping properties – thereby usurping AT&T.

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, 06 April 2009 09:24:44 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 31 March 2009

The number of registered SIM cards in Brazil totalled 152.36 million at the end of February 2009, up 415,909 (0.27%) on the month of January, according to data published by the local telecoms regulator Anatel. Market leader Vivo, a joint venture of Telefonica of Spain and Portugal Telecom, had 29.8% of all subscriptions at the end of February, ahead of America Movil’s Telecom Americas (Claro) unit with 25.84%, and Telecom Italia-controlled TIM Brasil with 23.45%, in third. The fourth-placed cellco was Oi (Telemar) with a market share of 16.60%, Anatel said.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, 31 March 2009 12:17:40 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 23 March 2009

Following last week’s decision by Paraguayan regulator Conatel to end Copaco’s monopoly on wholesale internet access, the incumbent telco has announced that it will reduce retail and wholesale internet access tariffs for the second time this year in May, reports From the beginning of March, Copaco cut certain tariffs by an average of around 23%, with a 64kbps connection falling from USD19 to USD17 per month, and a 128kbps subscription falling from USD25 to USD22 a month. However, Paraguay's prices remain the highest in the Mercosur region, with a 1Mbps ADSL connection costing Copaco customers USD92 per month, 318% more than in Argentina, where the same service is charged at USD22. The monopolistic market and high prices have inhibited growth in the sector; Copaco reportedly finished 2008 with fewer than 15,000 broadband customers, up from an estimated 10,000 at end-2007. Details of the new price list planned for May were not released.

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Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, 23 March 2009 12:43:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Analytics firm, comScore has reported that the number of people in the USA using their mobile device to access news and information on the Internet more than doubled from January 2008 to January 2009.

Among the audience of 63.2 million people who accessed news and information on their mobile devices in January 2009, 22.4 million (35 percent) did so daily; more than double the size of the audience last year.

"Over the course of the past year, we have seen use of mobile Internet evolve from an occasional activity to being a daily part of people's lives," observed Mark Donovan, senior vice president, mobile, comScore. "This underscores the growing importance of the mobile medium as consumers become more reliant on their mobile devices to access time-sensitive and utilitarian information."

Accessed News and Information by Frequency of Access

Frequency of Mobile  Internet Access

Unique Users (000s)
Jan-08 Jan-09 Change
Daily 10,821 22,369 107%
Weekly 10,312 19,283 87%
Ever in the month 36,870 63,182 71%

*Excludes social networking

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009 11:36:44 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 16 March 2009

The Regulatory Unit of Communications Services (URSEC) has released its 2008 report of Uruguay’s telecoms market. The study indicates that the number of fixed lines in service declined from 965,216 in 2007 to 959,000 a year later, representing a fall in teledensity from just over 29% to 28.77%. The country’s total broadband subscribers increased from 165,000 in 2007 to 245,000 over the course of the year, with AntelData posting 227,652 customers, up 155,000 year-on-year. URSEC’s study shows that AntelData’s sole rival, Dedicado, recorded 16,388 broadband subscribers, representing a market share of 7%.

Meanwhile, the number of mobile subscribers increased to 3.508 million in 2008, up from 3.004 million a year earlier. The country’s wireless penetration exceeded 100% during the year, rising from 90.5% to 105%. The report shows that Movistar lead the wireless market at the end of 2008 with 1.42 million subscribers and 40% market share, followed closely by Ancel with 1.38 million customers and 38% of the market. Claro ranked third at year-end 2008 with 769,992 subscribers, representing 22% market share. URSEC recorded that pre-paid subscribers made up 77% of the total in 2008, down from 83% a year earlier.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, 16 March 2009 09:36:26 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Chile’s subscriber base totals to 14.8 million at the end of 2008, up by 6.03% from 13.95 million at 31 December 2007. Chile added 840,000 mobile subscribers throughout 2008. According to the statistics, mobile penetration rate, at the end of 2008, grew to 87.8% from 84.1% a year earlier. Of the total subscriber base posted, 10.76 million subscribers comprised prepaid users whereas the remaining 4.03 million were contract subscribers. Movistar lead the Chile’s mobile market with 42.57% market share, followed by Entel PCS with 38.80%, Claro with 18.58 and Nextel with 0.05 % market share.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009 09:25:46 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The latest monthly data from Anatel, the Brazilian regulator, shows a marked reduction in the pace of the growth in the market. This should come as no surprise – the fourth quarter saw a record number of new connections and included two of the four best months ever. The industry added a total of 1.31m new connections in January, to take the market total to 151.9m, equivalent to nearly 70% penetration.

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The market share numbers that accompany the subscriber data suggest that while Claro, the America Movil subsidiary, has continued to outpace TIM, it has been unable to make much of an inroad into Vivo’s lead. Claro has grown from 38.7m to 39.1m, but Vivo has moved from 44.9m to 45.3m, so the relative positioning is broadly unchanged. TIM, the number three operator, appears to be losing market share and is now some 2.5m behind Claro and not much more than 6m ahead of the proforma total of 30.4m that TNL will have following its merger with Brasil Telecom.

The last point to note relates to technology. Anatel gives us a choice of two numbers for the W-CDMA base: we prefer the higher (2.7m) rather than the lower (1.9m) which would imply a month on month drop of nearly 0.5m – or twice the number of CDMA disconnections. ­Since Vivo’s move to GSM, the number of CDMA accounts has dropped by over 10m and now stands at just 12.6m. It can only be a matter of time before it disappears from this part of the world altogether.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009 09:01:10 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Venezuelan regulator Conatel has reported that the country’s fixed lines in service reached 6.303 million at the end of 2008, translating to a teledensity of 22.6%, up from 18.5% (5.195 million lines) at end-2007. The watchdog said that mobile subscriptions stood at 27.084 million at end-December, giving a cellular penetration of 97.2%, up from 86.8% (23.820 million mobile phones) a year earlier. In the internet access sector, Conatel presented figures showing that broadband subscribers increased by 55% year-on-year in 2008 to 1.330 million, whereas the remaining number of dial-up accounts – 143,000 – hardly changed over the year.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009 08:52:58 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 09 March 2009

Do I really need a landline since I'm always on my cellphone? That's a question on a lot of minds these budget-cutting days.

A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Americans, for the first time, are spending more for cellphones than landlines. The report said 55 percent of all consumer telephone expenses in 2007 were for cellphones, while landlines accounted for 43 percent (the remaining 2 percent went mostly to pagers and phone cards).

Exactly how much are we spending? Plenty. In 2007, according to the bureau's report, the average American consumer spent $1,110 on telephone services, the bulk - $608 - for cellphones and the rest for landlines ($482) and other services ($20).

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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, 09 March 2009 16:10:48 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 20 February 2009

The US House of Representatives and Senate have approved President Barack Obama’s USD787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which aims to stimulate the country’s economy during current global economic crisis. As part of the package, the US telecoms market will receive USD7.2 billion in subsidies to help extend broadband internet services to underserved areas.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 20 February 2009 11:40:29 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Telcel teams up with financial institution Banamex, a unit of US Citigroup, to instigate an SMS-based mobile banking service. To avail this service, Telecel subscribers have to change their SIM card with a special card with security settings available at Banamex branches. The subscribers have to link their phone numbers to their Banamex credit card account, and request account information, make credit card payments and pay phone and electricity bills via SMS. The limit for each transaction has been set at MXN 6 million (EUR 320). Telcel’s Director of Value Added Services Marcos Quatorze, said, Telcel’s parent company America Movil forecasts that almost 2.9 % of its overall mobile user base in Latin America will use mobile banking services by 2010, a figure expected to increase to 9 percent by 2012.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009 11:54:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Mexico has joined the growing number of countries which are requiring PrePay mobile phone users to register their details with the networks - ostensibly to help in cutting crime. The Senate passed the bill last September, and it became law this week - coming into effect from April.

Network operators have been given one year to register their existing customer base and will have to start collecting proof of identity, including fingerprints for all new sales.

In most countries which have introduced mandatory registration processes, the reported subscriber base has dropped sharply, in some cases by as much as ten percent - largely due to multiple SIM ownerships not being declared.

Source: Cellular News.


Wednesday, 18 February 2009 10:29:33 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Ecuadorian telecoms authority Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Suptel) has reported that, at the end of 2008, cellular connections in the country reached a total of 11.5 million, with market leader Conecel (Porta) recording 8.1 million users, followed by Movistar Ecuador with 3.1 million subscribers and Telecsa (Alegro) trailing with 303,000 active mobile SIMs. The operators reported that the majority of their mobile phone users remain on pre-paid tariffs: 88.57% at Porta, 84.88% of Movistar’s total base and 85.56% of Alegro customers.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009 16:02:41 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 10 February 2009

­Cuba's sole mobile phone network, ETECSA says that its subscriber base has surged by 60% to reach nearly half a million customers after the government relaxed the conditions for private citizens to buy mobile phones.

President Raul Castro's government lifted a ban which had restricted ownership to tourists and VIPs in April last year. Nearly 8,000 new connections were sold in the first ten days after the restrictions were lifted. The government also halved the sign-up fee - although it still represents about three months wages for the average worker.

The local newspaper, Juventud Rebelde reported that around 480,000 cellular lines are now in use, compared with 300,000 before the law change.

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Source: Cellular News.
Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:33:27 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Brazil finished 2008 counting 122.7 million prepaid cellulars, what represent 81.47% from the 150.6 million cellulars in the country.

Prepaid cellulars started to be sold in Brazil in 1998, by CTBC Celular, and the prepaid cellular stake in the cellular total in Brazil grew quickly until reach 80.8% in 2005. This percentage remained stable in 2006 and 2007, getting back to growth in 2008.


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Source: Teleco.
Tuesday, 10 February 2009 12:22:39 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 04 February 2009

Comision Nacional de Comunicaciones (CNC), Argentina’s telecoms regulator, has reported the country’s wireless lines in service increased by almost 15% compared to end-2007. At 31 December 2008 the country’s wireless subscribers totaled 46.5 million, up from 40.4 million a year earlier, of which, 41.6 million (90%) customers were pre-paid. The regulator did release a breakdown of the country’s individual wireless operators, but according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Movistar was narrowly the country’s largest cellco by subscribers with 14.65 million at 30 September 2008, while main rival Claro Argentina claimed 14.64 million wireless customers. Telecom Personal had a subscriber base of 11.94 million at the same date, while Nextel Argentina lagged behind with 938,000 subscribers.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 04 February 2009 09:37:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 28 January 2009

The Head of Planning of the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel), Carlos Barahona, says private telecoms operators invested a record USD650 million in their Honduran networks in 2008, up from USD356 million in 2007 and USD133.6 million a year earlier. Speaking to the El Heraldo newspaper, Barahona said that he expects the trend will continue in the medium-term as Tigo, Claro, Digicel and Hondutel’s fledgling mobile arm Honducel fight for new subscribers in a market where cellular penetration reached close to 75% at the end of last year. At that date the incumbents’ combined user base reached 5,823,915 active lines, up from 4.184 million a year earlier.

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Digicel earmarked a reported USD450 million in its networks and services, including the payment of USD80.1 million for the licence it won in late 2007. Tigo also invested around USD150 million to expand its network, the paper said. In 2009 Digicel is expected to invest between USD150-USD200 million to further improve its reach and service quality, while Tigo has reportedly set aside USD100-USD150 million and Claro USD50-USD100 million.

Source: TeleGeography.
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 15:33:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 16 January 2009

Vivo, the Brazilian incumbent, ended 2008 with a subscriber base of 44.9 million, having a market share of 29.8%, up from 27.7% in 2007. According to the telecoms regulator Anatel, Vivo’s rising market share was driven by dint of its takeover of Telemig Celular in mid-2008. Claro stood at the second spot with the market share of 25.7% a percent ahead of TIM Brasil at 24.2% market share. Oi finished 2008 with 29.9 million subscribers. As at 31 December 2008, Anatel reported 150.6 million mobile connections in Brazil, rising by 29.6 million or 24.5% when compared to end-2007. On the contrary, mobile phone sales fell 23% year-on-year in December 2008 to just 3.6 million units, showing the rising impact of the global recession.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 16 January 2009 16:23:54 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The number of mobile connections in Venezuela stood at 26.67m at the end of Q3 08, with penetration edging over 100% during the quarter to finish on 100.6%. It thus became the third South American nation to reach 100% after Suriname and Argentina, although French overseas departement French Guiana also joined the club during the quarter with 100.5% at the end of September. (Uruguay has almost certainly joined this group at the time of writing, having reached 99.0% at the end of Q3.)

Venezuela: Customers, GSM vs. CDMA

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Source: Cellular News.

Friday, 16 January 2009 16:20:21 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 15 January 2009

­The Mexican mobile market surpassed the 75m mark during Q3 08 to finish the quarter with just under 75.7m customers. In proportionate terms, annual growth continued the decline that began in Q3 07, although the rate of 17.2% was still a reasonably strong figure. At the end of the quarter penetration stood at 68.6%, up 9.4pp annually, and it thus seems a near- certainty that the 75% mark will be reached during 2009.

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 15 January 2009 09:51:10 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 08 January 2009

According to Brazil’s telecoms standards authority ABR Telecom, a total of 119,143 telephone numbers were ported in the 122 days since number portability (NP) was implemented on 1 September 2008. BNamericas reports that by 31 December ABR Telecom had registered 78,960 ports from mobile telephony users and 40,183 from fixed telephony users. The total number of requests submitted was 180,144, of which 119,533 were mobile and 60,611 were fixed. NP is currently available to about 59.6 million users in the states of Acre, Alagoas, Bahia, Ceara, Espírito Santo, Goias, Maranhao, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraiba, Parana, Piaui, Rio Grande do Norte, Rondonia, Santa Catarina and Sao Paulo. The system is expected to be available nationwide by end-March 2009.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 08 January 2009 11:52:22 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 06 January 2009

Venezuelan state-owned telco CANTV said in a statement that 170,000 clients had signed up for a social programme offering lower rate fixed telephony services as of 22 December 2008, reports BNamericas. The new telephony tariff was launched in October 2008, and offers discounts for economically disadvantaged sections of the population. The ‘Tarifa Solidaria’ calling package offers a 10% discount on local calls and a 15% discount on domestic long-distance calls, and is expected to benefit an estimated 1.5 million Venezuelans. To define which people within which areas qualify for the subsidy, CANTV is using a combination of national inventory ‘Fundacomun’ and its own census. Venezuela ended the third quarter of 2008 with a fixed line penetration of 21.2%, up from 17.2% at the end of the same period in 2007, according to data from the country's telecoms regulator Conatel; fixed lines in the country totalled 5.89 million at end-3Q08 compared to 4.69 million a year earlier.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, 06 January 2009 10:49:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Cellular had a record growthin 2008, surpassing 2007 in all the months between January and November.

The competion got stronger between the four main operators (Vivo, Claro, Tim and Oi) and was responsible for this growth:

  • Vivo got back on growth track with GSM and consolidated its leadership in market share by the acquision of Telemig. The company is completing its national coverage by starting to operate in States in the Northeast.
  • Claro overcame Tim and reached the second position in the Market Share ranking in Aug/08. Claro also reached national coverage by the beginning of its operation in the Northern region of the country.
  • Tim remained in the competition during the year, even though it had lost stake in the second semester of 2008.
  • Oi grew strongly in all the year by the minutes promotion with reduced prices from the "caller" campaign. This growth was accelerated in October by the beginning of its operations in São Paulo.

One of the consequencies of this competition was the growth in minutes promotions with reduced prices, or free, which led to a growth in the cellular use in Brazil. The average monthly minute use per client (MOU) jumped from 83 minutes in 3Q07 to 96 minutes in 3Q08.

3G finally was launched in Brazil and became already an alternative of broadband access. Claro was ahead and associated its brand to 3G. In the last months, Vivo accelerated the implementation of this service and now the company is competing with Claro for the leadership in quantity of covered cities (more details). In the 3G path, it's worth mentioning the lauching of iPhone 3G in brazil.

Source: Teleco.

3G | Americas | Mobile
Tuesday, 06 January 2009 10:40:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 23 December 2008

­Between 1990 and 2007, the telecommunications sector grew almost five times faster than the economy in Mexico and has gone a long way in reducing the economic and social difficulties in this country. Buoyed by dynamic technological progress in recent years, the telecommunications sector has attracted increased investment and productivity, providing further momentum to the economy.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that the market earned revenues of $28,994 million in 2007 and estimates this to reach $36,399 million in 2013.

"The wireless telephony traffic's growth rate was 60.5 percent in Q1 2008, an increase of more than 20 percent over Q1 2007, meaning that this is the most dynamic sector of the telecommunications industry," says Frost & Sullivan Consulting Analyst Jose Manuel Mercado. "In 2007, it contributed 6 percent to the gross domestic product (GDP); in 1990 the contribution was around the 1.1 percent."

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For instance, Telmex is starting to offer bundled services with the condition that the subscriber signs a contract that is binding for a minimum of 12 months. This contract clearly violates the number portability idea of free movement from one company to another with the same number. Once the violation by the operator is reported to the regulator, it will be stripped of its TV-Pay concession or any other concession title for triple play solutions.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 23 December 2008 08:49:13 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 19 December 2008

The Brazilian Mobile telephony has added 2.2 million subscribers during November, according to a report. The number of mobile phone subscribers totals to 147 million at the end of November, up 1.5%. Overall Brazilian market has added 26.1 million new mobile lines during 2008. Prepaid subscribers accounted for 80.9% of subscribers, with 119.5 million lines, whilst post-paid subscribers account for 19.1% with 27.5 million lines.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 19 December 2008 11:40:15 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 18 December 2008

The portion of homes with cell phones but no landlines has grown to 18 percent, led by adults living with unrelated roommates, renters and young people, according to federal figures released Wednesday.

An additional 13 percent of households have landlines but get all or nearly all calls on their cells, the survey showed. Taken together, that means about three in 10 households are essentially reachable only on their wireless phones.

The figures, covering the first half of 2008, underscore how consumers have been steadily abandoning traditional landline phones in favor of cells. The 18 percent in cell-only households compares with 16 percent in the second half of 2007, and just 7 percent in the first half of 2005.

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Source: Cellular News.
Thursday, 18 December 2008 10:32:37 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 15 December 2008

Venezuela’s telecoms watchdog Conatel has published data for the third quarter of 2008 in which it says the country’s total fixed lines in service reached 5.896 million, up from 4.696 million a year before, and representing a fixed teledensity of 21.2%. According to the regulator there were 1.172 million broadband internet subscribers at the end of September 2008, up from 776,000 a year earlier, whilst dial-up customers decreased by 9,000 in the same period to 140,000. Conatel’s figures also showed that at the end of the third quarter there were 26.673 million mobile phone subscriptions, up from 21.992 million at the end of September 2007. Mobile penetration was reported to have reached 96.0% at the end of 3Q08, up from 80.5% year-on-year.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, 15 December 2008 11:43:31 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The mobile subscriber base in Ecuador stood at 11.2mn subscribers at the end of October in comparison to 9.7mn at October-end 2007, reports telecoms supervisory body Supertel. Porta leads the charts with 7.82mn subscribers, followed by Movistar Ecuador of Spain’s Telefónica with 2.95mn subscribers, and locally owned Alegro PCS with 391,587 subscribers.
In the month of October, the operators added a total of 92,564 subscribers.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, 15 December 2008 10:14:13 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 10 December 2008

President-elect Barack Obama pledged to expand Americans' access to broadband Internet as part of a massive new public works program designed to generate jobs and improve the economy, he said in his weekly video/radio address.

"As we renew our schools and highways, we'll also renew our information superhighway," Obama said. "It is unacceptable that the United States ranks 15th in the world in broadband adoption. Here, in the country that invented the Internet, every child should have the chance to get online, and they'll get that chance when I'm President — because that's how we'll strengthen America's competitiveness in the world."

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008 11:30:47 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Brazil’s mobile phone production has been augmented after the launch of 3G technology. It is anticipated that mobile phone production will reach the mark of 76 million units in 2008, 12% rise on 2007 figures. An internal market has consumed 40 million units, an increase of 11 percent on last year. After experiencing fall in sales for two years, mobile phone exports has grown to 13%. According to the association, 3G technology, which is still in the implementation phase, should sustain demand for investments in infrastructure and new devices in 2009.

Source: Wireless Federation.

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Wednesday, 10 December 2008 09:38:51 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 09 December 2008

The Spanish incumbent Movistar launches 3G services on Panama. The network infrastructure was provided by Nokia Seimens Networks to Movistar. The initial coverage will be limited to Tocumen, located northeast of Panama City, and will then reach to the capital. The company will offer to postpaid subscribers broadband plans ranging from US$29.95/month with a 1Gb download limit to US$49.95 with a 5Gb download limit. 3G for prepaid Movistar subscribers will be launched in next few week.

Source: Wireless Federation.

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Tuesday, 09 December 2008 10:45:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Mexico is set to join the increasing number of countries which require mandatory registration for all mobile phone users, after the lower house of Congress approved a bill to create a national database of subscriber details.

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Under the plans in the bill, all mobile phone users will be required to submit a proof of address and their fingerprints to the mobile operators.

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According to statistics from the Mobile World analysts, the country ended the first half of this year with 73.45 million mobile phone users. Approximately 95% of the market is prepay - requiring a considerable registration effort by the mobile operators.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 09 December 2008 10:35:29 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 05 December 2008

AT&T Inc. joined the recession's parade of layoffs Thursday by announcing plans to cut 12,000 jobs, about 4 percent of its work force.

The Dallas-based telecommunications company — the nation's largest — said the job cuts will take place in December and throughout 2009. The company also plans to reduce capital spending next year.

Spokesman Walt Sharp said the layoffs will be "across the company and across the country," but would not specify what departments and cities would be most affected. These layoffs come on top of 4,600 jobs the company said in April it would eliminate.

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Source: Cellular News.

Friday, 05 December 2008 16:40:54 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mexico’s telecoms sector has grown 24% in the third quarter of 2008, year-over-year, in terms of overall subscribers, boosted by gains in the fixed line telephony and pay TV segments, according to a report published by Cofetel. The telecommunication industry has posted a rise of 31.4% for the first three quarters. It adds 304,000 new fixed telephony lines and totals subscriber base to 20.4 million. The growth is attributed to number portability, introduced in July’08 and cable players as well.  In mobile telephony, the number of minutes of traffic grows to 35.9% year-on-year. The subscriber base reaches the mark of 73.1 million, grew 16.9% in comparison to 3Q07. The mobile penetration rate reaches 68.5%.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 05 December 2008 09:42:16 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Latin America, will reach the mark of 388 million mobile lines in service by the end of 2008, accounting for 9.6% of the overall mobile lines in service worldwide, according to a recent report. Brazil is anticipated to have 143.2 million phones, Mexico with 76.9 million and Argentina with 44.8 million lines by the end of this year. The entire population of only Uruguay and Chile is covered whereas in Ecuador and Colombia, the percentage reaches to 84. Bolivia has the lowest mobile coverage, reaching only 45.9% of the country’s population. Argentina has registered a higher mobile penetration than population coverage, with 102.2 mobile phones per 100 inhabitants. At the opposite pole, Peru, Mexico and Brazil exhibit the greatest gap between the population coverage and mobile penetration, the report reveals. Further the report exhibits that nearly seven out of ten countries in Latin America have over 48% prepaid users of the overall mobile lines in service.

In terms of Prepaid subscriptions, Venezuela tops the chart in Latin America with 95% of the total, subsequent to Bolivia with 94.6 percent, Mexico with 90.6 percent, while prepaid users in Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil account for over 80 % of the total subscription in each country.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 05 December 2008 09:41:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 04 December 2008

The slowing U.S. economy will likely speed up the ongoing shift to wireless-only phone service as consumers cut back on spending, analysts say.

Already the number of young adults and others who use only mobile phones and dump traditional landline service has been growing steadily. Studies put the number of wireless-only households near 15% heading into 2008, with the figure rising 2% to 3% a year.

The biggest wireless-only group, under-30 adults, tend to be big spenders on wireless and heavy users of text messaging. They like the convenience and mobility of wireless services.

The economic downturn adds a new factor to the decision to go all-wireless.

The big question is how many budget-conscious users might switch to wireless-only because of the economy, analysts say. Lower-income consumers, especially those without children at home, are most likely to cut the cord, analysts say.

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 14:42:07 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Number Portability in Brazil has extended to another 8.9mn fixed and mobile telephony users in three states in the country, reports Anatel. Telephony services users in the area code 82 in Alagoas state, area codes 12 and 13 in São Paulo state and code 83 in Paraíba state can now port their numbers to other operators. According to telecoms standards coordinator ABR Telecom, Requests to port numbers in Brazil reaches 97,641 by November 27. Of the overall requests, 57,375 telephone numbers have already been ported - 34,168 mobile and 23,207 fixed.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:59:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Argentina, according to the national statistics bureau Indec, ended October with 45.4mn mobile lines in service, up 17.1% since 2007. The mobile telephony traffic rose to 3.50bn calls, a jump of 35.5% since Oct’07.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:58:16 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Movistar Colombia, the local subsidiary of Spain’s Telefonica has instigated 3.5G services in seven cities across the country. The seven cities are Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Bucaramanga and Cúcuta. The service is accessible to both Prepaid and postpaid subscribers. Additionally, the operator offers videocall and mobile broadband. Movistar said it expects to gradually expand its 3G network to other cities across the country during 2009. The operator is currently offering four 3G-capable mobile devices, namely the Nokia N95, Blackberry Bold 9000, HTC Tytn II and iPhone 3G.

Source: Wireless Federation.

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Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:54:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Digicel, the largest telecommunications operator in the Caribbean and recent entrant to the Central American market, today launched operations in Panama — its third Central American market and 31st market world-wide — with an investment of US$350 million. Digicel now offers seamless mobile telecommunication services across Central America, with operations to date in El Salvador, Honduras and Panama.

According to the Panama Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Panamanian economy is expected to grow 7.5 percent by 2009. With a population of 3.4 million, mobile penetration is currently at approximately 71 percent. Having built the most modern nationwide GSM network in the country, Digicel is well positioned to maximize growth by offering service for the first time to many communities in Panama not previously served by incumbent operators.

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Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:53:05 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Phone companies are praying their golden goose -- revenue growth from wireless data services -- doesn't turn into a dead duck during the recession.

U.S. phone companies garnered $8.8 billion in wireless data revenue in the quarter ended Sept. 30, up 7.3% from the previous quarter and 37.5% from the year-earlier period, says Chetan Sharma Consulting. Research firm SNL Kagan's most recent forecast, pre-economic crisis, called for wireless data revenue to rise at an average annual rate of 16% over the next decade. Wireless data revenue accounted for 20% of all wireless revenue in the first half of 2008, up from 10% two years ago, says industry trade group CTIA.

The rapid growth in data services has been fueled by a wave of smart phones. Wireless firms continue to expand the reach of their third generation, or 3G, networks, which provide for fast mobile data speeds.

Phone companies rely on wireless data growth to offset slowing subscriber growth and falling prices for calls. With the economy worsening and job losses mounting, consumers have cut back on spending.

For the big four wireless service providers -- AT&T T; Verizon Wireless, co-owned by Verizon Communications VZ and Vodafone VOD; Sprint Nextel S; and Deutsche Telekom's DT T-Mobile USA -- the big question is whether wireless data growth stays solid in the teeth of a recession.

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 13:46:53 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 02 December 2008

Anatel, the Brazilian telecoms regulator reports an addition of 4Mn new mobile lines in October’08 experiencing a rise of 2.85% in comparison to September’08. At the end of October, the number of registered active mobile lines reached 145Mn. Of the total mobile subscribers in October, 81.24% were prepaid and 18.76% postpaid.

Teledensity in Brazil went up to 75.2, up by 2.73% since September’08 and 24.5% since October’07.

The leader in mobile market share was Vivo with a market share of 29.7%, compared to 30.0% registered in September. Claro stood at the second place with 25.31%, down from 25.33%, and TIM came third with 24.70%, down from a 25.02% market share the month previous. Oi took the fourth position with registered 16.21% in October from 15.53% in September, while Brasil Telecom came in fifth with 3.67%, compared to 3.73%.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 11:05:12 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Chilean regulator Subtel proposes a 52% cut in mobile connection fees in order to use each other’s lines for the next five years, driven by low costs and high user traffic. The government will set new access rates for 2009-2014 before the current period expires; under the new proposals a figure of $0.07/minute would be imposed, much lower than the $0.133-$0.136 currently charged by the incumbent operators Entel PCS, Telefonica and America Movil.

‘We are deeply surprised by the government’s proposal for a more than 50% rate cut, which does not seem reasonable, especially in light of the prevailing uncertainty and the still unknown magnitude and depth of the economic crisis,’ Entel said in a statement. The company said it would request an expert commission be formed to arrive at a proposal that ‘does not jeopardise the achievements of the industry to date.’

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:47:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Tigo, Colombian Mobile Operator has signed 10,000 subscribers in 3G segment, according to a local media report. The services are offered in capital Bogotá, as well as in Cali, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga and Cartagena. In October, the services have been instigated including mobile broadband for both prepaid and post-paid subscribers. Comcel, the strong contender in Colombian mobile market is also providing 3G in Colombia. Although, Movistar of Spain’s Telefónica anticipates to launch 3G services soon.

Source: Wireless Federation.

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Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:36:05 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mobile subscribers of Peru will enjoy number portability free of charge, said Deputy Communications Minister, Gonzalo Ruiz. The government will try to guarantee an easy process for users willing to port their mobile numbers, he added.

In January 2009, Number Portability (NP) is scheduled for implementation in Peru and telecoms regulator Osiptel has recently published the regulations for number portability implementation.

The transport and communications ministry (MTC) has given consent over the use of the All Call Query (ACQ) methodology for NP in Peru. A central database will be created of ported numbers which operators will consult for every call to find out which network a dialled number belongs to.

The telecoms operator will invest approximately US$22million to implement Number Portability.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:21:34 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Pan-Caribbean operator, Digicel has launched services in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) -- its 25th market in the Caribbean and Central America and 30th market world-wide. The company says that it has invested US$17 million in its network for the country.

With a population of 23,000 and mobile penetration at an estimated 90 percent, Digicel's investment in BVI focused on building a brand new state-of-the-art network that provides coverage to 98 percent of the population.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 02 December 2008 10:18:42 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 28 November 2008

Number Portability, which was launched in Brazil of September’08, will now be available to another 8.3mn fixed and mobile telephony users in Brazil’s four states, reports country’s telecoms regulator Anatel.
Users of telephony services in Minas Gerais state, Paraná state, Santa Catarina state and Rio Grande do Norte state can now port their numbers to other operators. In total, NP currently reaches 29.2mn users across various states of the country.
According to ABR Telecom, coordinator, Requests in Brazil for porting numbers reached 61,960 by November 3 and of the overall requests, 36,671 telephone numbers have already been ported - 20,892 mobile and 15,779 fixed.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, 28 November 2008 16:43:59 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 24 November 2008

­The Bolivian incumbent Entel reaches a mark of 2 million mobile subscribers in the country. The company's mobile unit Entel Movil has been working on an agressive investment plan since May'08, after the government took over the operator.
According to Sittel, the Bolivian regulator, the country's mobile telephony segment reached 4.4mn subscribers at the end of Q2'08.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, 24 November 2008 12:56:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 19 November 2008

According to the telecom supervisory body, Supertel, the Ecuadorian mobile operators ended the month of September with a total of 11.3mn subscribers compared to 9.65mn at end-September 2007.
Porta, a unit of America Movil, continues to top the charts with 7.67mn subscribers, followed by Movistar Ecuador with 2.95mn and locally owned Alegro PCS with 672,366 subscribers.
In the month of September nearly 154,164 subscribers to the Ecuadorian mobile market.

Source: Wireless News.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008 09:08:53 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 23 October 2008

Colombia mobile phone subscribers grows to 37.59 million as of the end of September, up 5.2% from 35.74 million at the end of June. Comcel holds the biggest sector of the mobile market with 24.18 million subscribers up from 22.72 million at the end of June, according to the regulator. 64% of the Colombian mobile market is controlled by Comcel. Spain’s Telefonica posted 9.70 million subscribers and the company holds 26% of market share. Colombia Movil SA, the local unit of Millicom International Cellular SA (MICC), bags third position with 3.71 million subscribers and MICC’s market share in Colombia is 10%.

In Comparison to the figures of 2007, the number of mobile subscribers at the end of September 2008 was 28% higher than at the end of September 2007. Colombia posted a rise of 17% at the end of 2007 in terms of total number of subscribers compared with the end of 2006. The statistics shows that the number of mobile telephone lines rose 27% in 2006 and more than 100% in 2005 as a result there is a stiff competition between the country’s three operators.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 23 October 2008 07:51:10 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­The internet and cell phones have become central components of modern family life. Among all household types, the traditional nuclear family has the highest rate of technology usage and ownership. A national survey of 2,252 adults by the Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that households with a married couple and minor children are more likely than other household types - such as single adults, homes with unrelated adults, or couples without children – to have cell phones and use the internet.

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When asked if the internet and cell phones had made family life different for their current family compared with the family in which they had grown up, 25% said their family today is closer than their family when they were growing up, 11% said their family today is not as close as families in the past, and 60% said that new technologies have not made their family any more or less close than their family in the past.

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 23 October 2008 07:43:33 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 21 October 2008

About 8.5 million more U.S. households will start using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for their home phone service over the next two years, according to a new forecast from Pike & Fischer's Broadband Advisory Services.

The number of VoIP-connected households in the United States will approach 30 million by the end of the decade, generating more than $11 billion in revenue for cable operators, telephone companies and network-independent providers such as Skype, P&F predicts.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008 09:09:38 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 17 October 2008

According to preliminary data published by the telecoms regulator Anatel, Brazil was home to 140.78 million mobile lines at the end of September, up 2.368 million on the previous month and 25% up on the 112.75 million lines recorded in September 2007.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 17 October 2008 10:06:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 16 October 2008

Argentina posts a total of 44.4 million mobile lines by the end of August, a rise of 18.5% since last year. According to the figures by a local consultancy  only between 35 and 37 million lines were actually in service. The two operators that lead the market with nearly 14 million subscribers each are Claro Argentina and Movistar.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 16 October 2008 15:34:54 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 08 October 2008
America Movil comfirms that it’s Brazilian counterpart Claro has expanded it’s service coverage to the states of Amapa and Roraima. The following addition has expanded it’s span of reach which earlier was limited to state capitals. Claro further extends it’s 3G services to Sergipe state, in the capital Aracaju and the city Nossa Senhora do Socorro. Currently, Claro’s services are available in the country’s 26 states and the Distrito Federal. The 3G network is available in 20 states and reaches 67 million people.

Source: Wireless Federation.

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Wednesday, 08 October 2008 08:53:58 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 19 September 2008

Brazil’s telecoms regulator Anatel said the country was home to 138.3 million active mobile lines at the end of August, up 2.25% or three million on the previous month, and the best monthly net gain so far this year. According to data published yesterday and reported by BNamericas, Brazil’s mobile operators have collectively added 17.4 million net new mobile lines so far this year. Local press suggest the strong rise in August is likely to have been driven by strong sales ahead of the national Father’s Day celebration on 3 August.

Source: Telegeography.

Friday, 19 September 2008 10:44:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 01 September 2008

Bolivian mobile operator, Telecel operating under the brand name Tigo, has launched 3G services in the country. The service has been launched in several cities in the regions of Santa Cruz, La Paz and Cochabamba.


Telecel is a subsidiary of Luxembourg based, Millicom International, and launched its network in December 2005. According to figures from the Mobile World subscriber database, the operator ended the first half of this year with just over 1.19 million customers - of which an estimated 120,000 were still connected to a legacy TDMA network at the end of March. The company has a market share of 29%.


Bolivia's Nuevatel PCS - which operates under the VIVA brand name recently announced the launch of a commercial WiMAX rev-e network in the country with coverage roughly similar to the 3G coverage being offered by Telecel.


Source: Cellular News.

Monday, 01 September 2008 08:36:22 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Tech savvy teenagers of Mexicans will soon be able to use their mobile phones for making small payements such as restaurant meals and taxi rides. Mobile operators like Telefonica SA and Iusacell are teaming up with banks such as  Citigroup and BBVA to instigate the service, targeting technology savvy teenagers and anticipated to introduce the service soon.

Roberto Rodriguez, in charge of the service, said Cell phone users will be able to have their bank link their savings account to their telephone so they can make payments to participating stores, restaurants and taxis by sending a text message.

America Movil’s Telcel has yet to sign up with bank though it accounts for more than two-thirds of Mexico’s mobile pones.

In a country like Japan, using mobile phones as a medium to purchase items such as train tickets to purchase items is quite common but it is yet pace up in United States.

Source: Wireless News.

Wednesday, 27 August 2008 08:04:06 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Second quarter results from America Movil (AM) show a 25% rise in net income from the same period last year, up to MXN17.7 billion (USD1.74 billion) in the three months ended 30 June 2008. The Latin American group also added 6.1 million subscribers, with Brazil welcoming 1.9 million of those, closely followed by Mexico, 1.3 million. The additions bring AM’s total subscriber base to 165.3 million, with revenue in the second quarter reaching MXN84.6 billion (USD8.32 billion), an increase of 13.6% year-on-year. Highlights of the second quarter included the award of a 20-year wireless licence in Panama in May, bringing to 18 the total countries where AM now holds wireless concessions.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008 12:35:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 21 July 2008

SAO PAULO -(Dow Jones)- Brazil's two leading mobile phone companies, Vivo Participacoes and TIM Participacoes, saw their share of the local mobile phone market slip in June, while America Movil's Claro and Tele Norte Leste Participacoes, or Oi, expanded share, according to data released by telecommunications regulator Anatel Thursday.

Vivo, which is jointly owned by Spain's Telefonica and Portugal Telecom, saw its market share fall to 30.36% in June from 30.45% in May, while No. 2 operator TIM Participacoes, a local unit of Telecom Italia, saw its share fall to 25.40% from 25.60%

Claro's market share rose to 24.87% in June from 24.75% in May. Oi had 15.25% in June, up from 15.09% in May.

Cellphones in circulation totaled 133.2 million at the end of June, with net additions of 2.6 million in the month. The market continues to expand rapidly as operators chase new clients with promotions.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, 21 July 2008 13:24:34 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 16 July 2008

SAO PAULO -(Dow Jones)- The number of mobile phones in circulation in Brazil totaled 133.2 million at the end of June, up 1.9% from May, according to preliminary figures released Tuesday by telecommunications regulator Anatel.

Net additions in the month were 2.6 million.

Brazil's main operators are Vivo Participacoes, which is jointly owned by Spain's Telefonica and Portugal Telecom; TIM Participacoes, the local unit of Telecom Italia; and Claro, the local unit of Mexico's America Movil.

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, 16 July 2008 14:07:10 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 04 July 2008

BNamericas is reporting that the Dominican Republic ended May 2008 with a fixed and mobile teledensity of 70.4%. Indotel, the country’s telecoms regulator, announced there were 6.35 million wireless subscribers at the end of May, up from 2.5 million in December 2004. Internet usage penetration is reported at 21%, with a total of 2.28 million users, more than four times the figure recorded at December 2004.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 04 July 2008 13:01:50 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 27 June 2008

The number of mobile connections in Argentina is almost certain to have surpassed 40m at the time of writing, having reached 39.47m at the end of Q1 08. Furthermore, if Q2 net additions match last year's figure, then penetration will have broken the 100% barrier by the end of the current quarter, with Q1's figure standing at 97.3%.

Customers, America Movil vs. Telefonica, Q2 06 – Q1 08

Annual growth stood at 21.1%, an impressive figure given the maturity of the market, although exactly half the 42.2% rate recorded in the prior twelve months. Annual net additions totalled 6.87m, while on a quarterly basis there were just 0.89m new connections due to the combined effect of first-quarter slump and high penetration.

The biggest story of the quarter was the change in market leader, with America Movil's customer base overtaking that of Telefonica. At the end of Q1, AM had 13.99m customers to 13.75m for Telefonica, compared to Q1 07 figures of 10.93m and 11.68m respectively. As the graph on the left shows, the trajectories of the two companies over the past two years made the change in leadership all but inevitable, with AM outpacing Telefonica in terms of quarterly net additions for the past eight quarters. In fact, AM's Q1 08 figure of 511k was its lowest for three years, but Telefonica had an even worse quarter with just 125k net additions, its worst result since Q3 03.

Meanwhile, third player Telecom Personal - the mobile subsidiary of Telecom Argentina - added 216k to finish on 10.88m, while Nextel reached 0.85m thanks to record first-quarter net additions of 39k.

GSM dominates in Argentina, and as in the rest of the continent its domination has been steadily increasing. At the end of Q1 08, 92.9% of the total customer base was using GSM technology, up from 86.5% a year earlier. CDMA's proportion dropped from 7.5% to 3.8%, while AMPS and TDMA connections dwindled to just 0.8% from 3.9% a year earlier. W- CDMA, which was launched by Telecom Personal in Q2 07 and by Telefonica in Q4 07, had an estimated 0.15m customers at the end of Q1, giving it 0.4% of the country's total customer base. Finally, Nextel's iDEN technology improved its share slightly, from 2.1% to 2.2%.

Source: Cellular News.

Friday, 27 June 2008 10:49:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 26 June 2008

Approximately 135,000 subscribers use 3G services in Argentina, reveals BNamericas quoting local newspaper El Cronista. Telecom Personal's innovation and services manager told the paper that the cellco has approximately 75,000 3G users on its books, up from 20,000 at the end of 2007. Rival operator Claro has 50,000 active 3G customers, of which 30,000 access the network via modems or PC cards. Movistar is said to have 10,000 3G subscribers. All three companies launched next generation services in 2007, and the relatively poor take-up has been attributed to lack of coverage.

Source: TeleGeography.

3G | Americas | Mobile
Thursday, 26 June 2008 15:21:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Pan-Caribbean operator, Digicel has announced that it has ended its fiscal year (March 31,2008) with 6.54 million customers, representing a 39 percent increase compared to the same quarter in the previous fiscal year. Operating across 23 markets, Digicel Group continues to experience organic growth in existing markets while increasing mobile penetration growth rates in new markets. In November 2007, Digicel successfully launched operations in Suriname. Digicel already has a presence in South America through its operations in Guyana and French Guiana. Its Caribbean and Latin American GSM networks also extend across the British West Indies, the Dutch Caribbean, the French West Indies, Bermuda and El Salvador.

Digicel says that it plans to further expand later this year with a pending launch in the British Virgin Islands, while Digicel Central America Holdings, a sister company to Digicel Group, prepares to launch in Honduras and Panama. These launches will expand Digicel's GSM network to 26 markets.

"We're very excited about our ability to sustain growth opportunities in existing markets while picking up momentum in new ones, and we've had one of our most successful financial years to date," said Colm Delves, Digicel Group CEO. "We will continue to put our customers first by offering them better value, world-class customer care, new technology innovations and attractive offerings based on the strength of our network."

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, 25 June 2008 09:21:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 23 June 2008

The total number of active mobile lines in Brazil reached 130.5 million at the end of May, up 24.2% year-on-year, according to preliminary data published by the country’s telecoms watchdog Anatel. Of the total, some 80.95% are on pre-paid options and 19.05% are on post-paid monthly contracts. Last month Brazil’s mobile operators collectively signed up a total of 2.8 million net new lines, up 2.2% month-on-month and 27.1% higher than the number of users added in May 2007. As a result, the overall cellular penetration rate stood at 68.23% at the end of last month. However, there are some marked regional differences. Distrito Federal boasted a mobile teledensity of 126.01%, the state of Rio de Janeiro was 85.09% and Mato Grosso do Sul was 83.59%. By contrast cellular penetration in the north of the country was 51.17%, the northeast was 53.91%, the southeast (75.81%, the south (74.26%) and the centre-west (85.35%).

In terms of market share, Brazilian mobile operator Vivo led the way with 30.45% of the market, compared to 30.36% in April. TIM Brasil remained in second place with 25.60%, down from 25.85% a month earlier, and Claro, a unit of Mexico's America Movil was third with 24.75%. TNL PCS (Oi) took the fourth spot with 15.09% in May, while Brasil Telecom (BrT GSM) came in fifth with 3.76%, up from 3.66% in April. In the minor rankings, CTBC Telecom Celular remained at 0.30% and Sercomtel Celular decreased from 0.06% in April to 0.05% in May.

BNamericas reports that Anatel amended its data reporting in April to reflect the incorporation of Telemig Celularby Vivo, and of Amazonia Celular by Oi.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, 23 June 2008 16:23:33 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Government statistics bureau Indec has published data showing that residential broadband connections in Argentina numbered 2.23 million at the end of March, up 43.9% year-on-year. Meanwhile, corporate high speed internet connections rose 22.1% to 208,652, giving a total broadband subscriber base of 2.31 million. According to TeleGeography's GlobalComms database, Telecom Argentina is the largest company by subscribers, claiming just over 30% of the market, ahead of second place Telefonica with 25%.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, 23 June 2008 16:21:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 13 June 2008

Commerce over mobile devices such as cell phones is accelerating in the US, according to data released by The Nielsen Company. Already, 9 million US mobile subscribers say they have used their mobile phone to pay for goods or services, and half of all data users (49%) say they expect to participate in mobile commerce in the future. Nielsen Mobile presented an overview of the opportunities in mobile commerce at the Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition.

Among the findings presented:

  • As of Q1 2008, 3.6 percent (9.2 million) of US mobile subscribers use their phone to pay for goods or services
  • Men are more likely than women to use their phone for commerce: 4.5 percent (4.9 million) of men and 3.0 percent (4.3 million) of women say they have made a purchase using their phone
  • Adults ages 25-34 are the most likely to have made a purchase using their phone: 5.4 percent (3 million) of adults ages 25-34 have made a purchase, compared to 3.6 percent of all mobile subscribers
  • 49 percent of mobile data users, those subscribers who have used one or more data features on their phone such as text messaging or the mobile internet within the past 30 days, say that it is likely they will conduct mobile commerce in the future

Mobile websites are one popular way consumers make purchases over the mobile phone. Of the 40 million active US users of the mobile web in April 2008, 5 million accessed mobile shopping and auction websites -- up 73% from April 2007, when just 2.9 million mobile users did so. Auction site eBay is the most popular shopping or auction destination on the mobile web, with 3.4 million unique visitors in April.

Purchasing items via text messaging is another growing form of mobile commerce. Some services allow consumers to send text messages to a phone number or mobile shortcode in order to be charged for goods or services directly on their mobile phone bills. Already, 6.5 million US mobile consumers say they've used text messaging to purchase an item.

"For many of the millions of consumers who are already shopping online or over landline phones, mobile commerce is an obvious and useful extension of that opportunity," said Nic Covey, director of insights at Nielsen Mobile who presented the data at the conference. "As more mobile commerce services become available and consumers develop a greater trust for phone-based transactions, we expect commerce to be an increasingly important part of the mobile experience next year and beyond."

The findings come from Nielsen Mobile's monthly Mobile Insights survey of more than 30,000 US wireless subscribers, with similar data available internationally.

Nielsen's study reveals that security is the number one concern among those mobile data users not yet participating in m-commerce:

  • 41 percent of data users who do not participate in mobile commerce say security is their biggest concern
  • 23 percent say they worry about being charged for the airtime
  • 21 percent say they don't trust that the transaction will be completed

"As with other forms of electronic commerce, US consumers need proof that mobile transactions will be a safe, affordable and efficient complement to other modes of shopping," said Covey. "As long as retailers continue to meet those expectations, more consumers will come to view mobile shopping as a compelling and viable option."

Source: Cellular News.

Friday, 13 June 2008 08:20:16 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 12 June 2008

The total number of mobile connections in North America rose to 277.90m at the end of Q1 08, from 257.60m a year earlier. The penetration rate saw a 5.3pp gain to 82.5%. Obviously this figure is close to the 84.9% penetration rate in the USA, the region's largest market by some distance with 92.7% of North America's mobile customers, although it is dragged down by the low Canadian rate of just 60.5%.The other two markets in the region are so small as to have little bearing on the total penetration rate. St. Pierre et Miquelon, a group of small islands off Newfoundland which are an overseas territory of France, had 2,935 mobile customers at the end of Q1 08, and a penetration rate of 41.7%. Meanwhile, Greenland was the region's most penetrated market by some distance with 96.9% of the population owning a mobile phone, which amounts to around 55k connections.

By far the fastest growing technology in North America is W-CDMA, which saw a 336.7% gain in customers in the 12 months ending 31st March 2008. The total number of W-CDMA connections surpassed the 10m mark during Q1 08 to finish the quarter on 11.12m. This is still below the number of iDEN customers, which stood at 16.56m at the end of Q1, but with iDEN losing 5.09m customers year on year and W-CDMA gaining 8.57m, it seems likely that iDEN will lose its status as North America's third most important technology before the end of 2008.

CDMA remains the dominant standard with 52.7% of the total North American customer base, or 146.49m connections, up from 130.6m (50.7% of the total) a year earlier.

The number of GSM connections broke through the 100m barrier to reach 103.7m at the end of Q1, but growth more than halved from 15.0% in the 12 months to the end of Q1 07, to 7.0% in the subsequent 12 months, as a consequence of the success of W-CDMA. Annual CDMA customer growth was also down compared to the prior twelve months with a 4.4pp fall in the rate, although it remained in double digits with a 12.2% yearly gain.

The total customer growth rate also fell compared to the prior 12 months, from 11.6% to 7.9%. This is the lowest rolling annual growth rate ever recorded in the North American region, and we fully expect it to be the lowest rate of any region in the world in Q1 08.

Source: Cellular News.

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Thursday, 12 June 2008 15:10:26 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 11 June 2008

500,000 fixed wireless telephony lines are to be deployed within the next six months in underserved areas of Lima, reports BNamericas citing an announcement by President Alan Garcia on the presidential website. The news follows the award of a contract to Movistar in January for the provision of fixed wireless services in the 450MHz band. Under the terms of the 20-year concession, Movistar is expected to provide fixed wireless and mobile services in Lima and neighbouring Callao in the 452.5MHz-457.5MHz and 462.5MHz-467.5 MHz frequency bands.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008 11:08:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

During the period 2007-2012, the worldwide mobile subscriber base is expected to increase by 1.8 billion. Around 67 percent of these new subscribers, i.e., a little above 1.2 billion subscribers, are expected to come from just 10 fast-growing country markets worldwide. Of these top 10 growth markets, nine have been identified as high-volume, low-ARPU [Average-Revenue-Per-User] emerging mobile markets with significant potential in the next five years.

A new report from Portio Research identified only ONE truly wealthy nation among this top 10, the United States of America, home to one of the highest ARPU rates in the world, yet also the 4th biggest growth market of the 2007-2012 period.

The US is expected to add more than 65 million mobile subscribers to the worldwide subscriber base in the period 2007-2012.

The report notes that this might look relatively insignificant compared to the massive numbers expected to be added from high-growth markets such as China (542 million) and India (282 million), but what makes the US mobile market an interesting market to study is the observation that a new mobile subscriber in the US is expected to generate between three and 13 times as much revenue expected from a new mobile subscriber in China, India and the other emerging markets in the top 10 in 2012.

Compounding this aggressive growth is the high ARPU network operators in the US achieve from their subscribers. Unlike many other mature mobile markets, where ARPU is in slow decline, in the US ARPU is forecast to remain high, even increasing slightly from 2007 levels as we move forward over the next 4 or 5 years. While the US will contribute only around 5.5 percent to the total number of new subscribers that are expected from the top 10 markets in the period 2007-2012, in terms of revenue, the country will account for around 25.2 percent of the total mobile service revenues generated by these 10 markets in 2012.

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008 10:29:29 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 09 June 2008

Brazil and Mexico will represent the largest opportunities in the Latin American mobile market, with a combined CAGR of 7% over the next five years. Together they will account for half of all sales in the region, says Pyramid Research in a new report. “Brazil and Mexico represent a significant proportion of the region’s mobile subscribers, accounting for 49% of the total,” comments Omar Salvador, Senior Analyst at Pyramid and author of the report.

Pyramid Research expects Brazil’s share of the region’s subscriptions to gain two percentage points. Peru will also make impressive gains, surpassing Chile in terms of overall subscriber numbers to take the number six spot in the region. Venezuela has overtaken Argentina to assume the third spot in the region. At the same time, the report found that mature markets such as Argentina, Chile and Colombia that have penetration rates above 75% - more than 10% higher than the regional average - will become smaller slices of the growing Latin American pie.

Latin America’s handset market is undergoing a transformation, with users upgrading from voice-only phones to phones with music and camera capabilities. The music category quadrupled handset sales since 2005, representing 17% of total handset sold in the region in 2007. Sony Ericsson and Nokia are the most active and successful in this segment, while other manufacturers are adjusting their portfolios to compete more effectively.

Pyramid expects the music-enabled category to almost triple in size, from 40m handsets sold in 2008 to 115m in 2012, when it will account for 58% of total handsets sales.

Source: Cellulat News.

Monday, 09 June 2008 08:18:16 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 05 June 2008

Increasing adoption of messaging and content services is expected to push operator-billed data revenues in South America from $8.7 billion in 2008 to more than $23.3 billion by 2013, according to a new report from Juniper Research.

The report found that as voice revenues are coming under ever-increasing pressure from competitive pricing and regulatory intervention, operators are seeking to enhance their portfolios of on-portal content. However, it also cautioned that excessive retail price points and data download costs were continuing to restrict the development of rich media services across the region.

According to report author Dr Windsor Holden, “Although we’ve witnessed a quite remarkable surge in subscriber growth across the region over the past three years, South America continues to lag behind the rest of the world in terms of its uptake of non-voice services. And while this can in part be attributed to the historical difficulties around interoperability which delayed mass adoption of SMS services, it is also fair to say that the high cost of games, browsing and mobile video has acted as a significant inhibitor to growth”.

Nevertheless, the report expressed optimism that costs would fall and adoption rates rise, with content usage likely to receive a further boost as operators’ recently launched 3G services steadily gain subscribers.

Other findings include:
South American mobile user base is expected to rise from 411 million in 2008 to 556 million in 2013
Total operator-billed voice revenues for the region are expected to peak in 2011 at $67.3 billion and will decline thereafter
Mexico will retain the highest blended ARPU across the region throughout the forecast period, marginally ahead of Chile.

Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 05 June 2008 09:08:45 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 03 June 2008

The CDMA Development Group (CDG) has announced that the CDMA industry continued its strong growth through the first quarter of 2008, increasing its customer base by almost 17% over the past year to 451 million CDMA subscribers worldwide, with CDMA2000 and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO reaching 438 million and 97 million, respectively. The Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions claimed the highest year-over-year percentage subscriber growth for CDMA2000, while the Americas and EMEA experienced the highest percentage of subscriber growth for CDMA2000 1xEV-DO.

In APAC, the total CDMA subscribership (cdmaOneTM and CDMA2000) rose to 231 million, which accounts for 51% of total worldwide CDMA subscribers and marks a 30% increase from March 2007 to March 2008. North America’s 140 million subscribers claim the second highest percentage of global CDMA subscribers at approximately 31%, with CALA’s 62.8 million representing approximately 14%. In EMEA, CDMA subscribership reached 17.7 million.

Over 97% of CDMA subscribers around the world are now taking advantage of 3G CDMA2000 services. CDMA2000 grew by 38% in APAC over the past year, bringing the total number of CDMA2000 subscribers in the region to 223 million, accounting for almost 51% of the world’s users. North America is the second largest region for CDMA2000 with nearly 138 million, or 31% of the global users. In EMEA, the CDMA2000 subscriber base reached 16.5 million.

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO subscribership increased to 97 million users globally, with 52 million subscribers in North America and 39 million subscribers in APAC continuing to comprise the majority of the world’s EV-DO users at 54% and 40%, respectively. Uptake is surging in North America and EMEA where increased demand for mobile broadband raised subscribership by 74%and 123%, respectively. The CDG attributes this growth to outstanding broadband performance and, for emerging markets, 3G CDMA’s suitability across varied terrain to serve as an alternative to wireline Internet access.

To date, 38 EV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) networks are in commercial operation around the world, with another 35 networks in deployment.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 03 June 2008 08:05:59 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 30 May 2008

The total wireless subscriber base in Ecuador reached 10.48 million customers at the end of April, up from 8.9 million twelve months ago, reports telecoms watchdog Supertel on its website. America Movil-backed Porta leads the market with 7.23 million users (giving it a 69% share of the market), followed by Telefonica's Movistar with 2.68 million (25.6%) with locally owned Alegro PCS bringing up the rear with 565,000 subscribers (5.4%). Of the overall total, 9.45 million customers use GSM.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, 30 May 2008 13:40:39 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The total number of Brazilian broadband connections reached 18.3 million at the end of last month, up 53% from 11.9 million in April 2007, according to a local study by Ibope/NetRatings. The canvassing group added that the number of residential internet users climbed 41.3% year-on-year to 22.4 million, with monthly web surfing averages up 4.9% to 22 hours and 47 minutes. Ibope/NetRatings estimates that a total of 34.1 million people have PCs with an internet connection at home and that there are now 40 million internet users in Brazil (aged 16 years or older).

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, 30 May 2008 13:39:22 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 29 May 2008

Regulator Cofetel has revealed that Mexico's telecoms sector grew 36.4% in the first three months of 2008, 13 percentage points higher than during the corresponding period last year, and 14 times greater than GDP growth during the quarter. Trunking services were up 35.2%, driven by new service bundles and increased coverage, while the satellite segment grew 22.7%. Long-distance traffic rose 5.6% and international outgoing traffic did likewise by 3.4%. Meanwhile, calling rates dropped 6.6% in real terms, partly down to a 7.4% decline in local telephony rates and reductions by 16.5% and 13% for post-paid and pre-paid mobile calling rates respectively. Finally, mobile traffic increased by the largest amount in the last seven years, up 60.5% as the country's total wireless subscriber base grew 18% year-on-year to reach 70.6 million. BNamericas reports that despite the positive quarter, Cofetel did not rule out a possible negative impact on the sector resulting from the slowdown in the US economy. However, Cofetel stated that the upcoming auctions for 3G and WiMAX concessions later this year would help boost the sector.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, 29 May 2008 08:33:59 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 23 May 2008

BNamericas reports that Argentina could end 2008 with approximately 3.5 million broadband connections, quoting a recent study of the market by local consultancy Consultora CIC. The research found that the country had almost 3 million high speed connections at the end of March 2008, an increase of around 50% year-on-year, and that ADSL is the dominant technology, accounting for 70% of the market. Penetration of other technologies (such as mobile broadband via 3G) remains low, said the report, as it was out of the price range of most Argentines.

The dominant players are former incumbents Telecom Argentina (TA) and Telefonica de Argentina (TdA), and media giant Grupo Clarin (via cable subsidiaries Flash and FiberTel). Despite having over 85% of subscriptions between them, CIC reported that there is still room in the market for other operators to flourish, particularly in provincial cities such as Cordoba, Rosario, Mendoza, Mar del Plata and Salta. However, Buenos Aires and its greater metropolitan area are close to saturation, with half of all Argentina’s broadband connections.

Friday, 23 May 2008 12:35:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 21 May 2008

According to data published by the Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel, the country had 128 million active mobile lines at the end of April 2008. of the total, 80.9% were pre-paid and 19.1% on monthly contracts. A net new 1.9 million lines were added in April, up 1.54% on the previous month and 22.5% up on April 2007, lifting cellular penetration to 66.84 active mobile lines per 100 inhabitants, the watchdog said. BNamericas reports that the highest mobile teledensity was recorded in Distrito Federal with 123 active lines per 100 inhabitants, followed by the Rio de Janeiro state, with 83.3 lines, and the Mato Grosso do Sul state with 81.3 lines.

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Source: TeleGeography

Wednesday, 21 May 2008 16:11:54 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 16 May 2008

MEXICO CITY -(Dow Jones)- Mexico's wireless subscribers rose to 71 million at the end of March, up from about 59.4 million in the year-earlier period, according to data from the country's four mobile operators.

Market leader Telcel, a unit of Latin America's largest mobile phone company America Movil, said in its first-quarter earnings report that its subscriber base grew 14.7% on the year to 51.5 million.

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Source: Cellular News.

Friday, 16 May 2008 08:46:47 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Venezuela had a total of 24.4 million mobile subscribers at the end of March 2008, up by 24.5% compared with 19.6 million a year earlier, giving the country a cellular penetration rate of 88.5%, according to telecoms regulator Conatel. The watchdog also reported that total mobile traffic across the networks of the three national cellcos Movilnet, Movistar and Digitel increased by 33.5% year-on-year in the first quarter.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, 13 May 2008 13:58:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 02 May 2008

Under a new 15-year agreement, Telefonica International Wholesale Services (TIWS) will provide Ecuador's government with 200Mbps of internet capacity to be used for educational and social projects across the country, reports BNamericas. The country's telecommunications development fund Fodetel will be in charge of the execution of the projects, and telecoms agency Senatel said it expects the social programmes will benefit approximately a million people. Last year, TIWS linked Ecuador to its 10Gbps SAM-1 international submarine cable.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 02 May 2008 15:35:29 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Fighting increasing competition in the pre-paid market, T-Mobile USA has introduced a new pre-paid calling plan, ‘Pay By The Day’. The plan costs USD1 per day and allows users to place calls for USD0.10 per minute. Users also get unlimited daytime calls to other T-Mobile numbers and unlimited nationwide, off-net calls in the evenings.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 02 May 2008 15:34:09 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 29 April 2008

According to an updated forecast from SNL Kagan, the USA's cable industry is positioned to continue market share growth in the residential phone business, but the gains could prove tenuous in this increasingly dynamic segment.

The SNL Kagan analysis illustrates the telcos' loosening grip on the market and the opportunity created for alternative services. In the past two years, the telcos' share has dwindled from 90% to 74% of total connections, with the five-year outlook estimating another 23% drop. The main competition in the space has come from the increased availability of IP voice services from cable operators coinciding with the phase-out of older switched-circuit technology. SNL Kagan projects a steady increase in IP voice subscribers, reaching 31.4 million in 2012, putting cable's market share at 26%. The 10-year forecast shows cable penetration of homes passed stabilizing at 27%.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008 15:25:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Revenue from mobile media and entertainment (MME) services in the US will more than double during the next five years, according to the latest research from Analysys. US MME services (excluding messaging, and mobile browsing and data charges) generated US$3.1 billion in revenue in 2007, and Analysys Research forecasts that revenue will grow to $6.6 billion in 2012, at a compound annual growth rate of 16.3%. The strongest growth will not occur until after 2010, as the technical and market environment for MME services improves, according to the latest Analysys report, Mobile Media and Entertainment in the US: forecasts 2007-2012.

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Analysys Research forecasts that MME services will account for 12.3% of non-voice service revenue in the US by 2012. Mobile TV and VoD services will experience the highest growth rate of any MME service during the next five years. When combined, broadcast and unicast TV and video services will account for 36% of MME revenue by 2012. By contrast, revenue from personalization services will decline from 47% of total MME revenue in 2007 to 17% in 2012.

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, 23 April 2008 08:40:05 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 17 April 2008

The number of cellphones in circulation in Brazil totaled 125.8 million at the end of March, up 1.36% from February and 23.2% higher than the same month one year before, according to preliminary figures released Wednesday by telecommunications regulator Anatel.

Net additions in the month were 1.69 million. In the first quarter, net additions reached 4.83 million.

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Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 17 April 2008 15:52:47 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 09 April 2008

Argentine mobile operator Claro, owned by Mexican giant America Movil (AM), expects to invest USD1 billion within the next three years, reports BNamericas, quoting an interview with AM CEO Daniel Hajj in local paper La Nacion. The executive said the investment will be chiefly geared towards the expansion of the 3G network and new platforms. Claro, until last month known as CTI Movil, expects to obtain additional spectrum to achieve its expansion programme in the country, Hajj said. Rival cellco Movistar Argentina, owned by Spain’s Telefonica, was obliged to return 35MHz of spectrum in the 850MHz band as a condition of the merger of its two local units Movicom and Unifon in 2005. Hajj said Movistar should have returned the frequencies by the end of 2007, and called on the government to launch international bidding once the spectrum becomes available. Claro hopes to obtain the additional allocation to increase its penetration in the Buenos Aires area. In the meantime, the cellco expects to deploy 250 additional base stations this year.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 09 April 2008 09:09:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Cuban News Agency reports that USD250,000 worth of improvements are being made to the fixed line network in the south-central province of Cienfuegos by state-owned incumbent and monopoly telco Cuban Telephone Enterprise (ETECSA). The work includes the digitalisation of exchanges and the installation of new lines to the main medical centres in the province, and to residential zones close to a sugar mill and the oil refinery jointly operated by Cuba and Venezuela. ETECSA spokesman Luis Antuna said that although workers were ‘pushing themselves hard [for the] improvement of local telecommunications,’ the economic, financial and commercial blockade of Cuba by the US means that the cost of the necessary equipment for the project is around 30% higher than it should be.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 09 April 2008 09:00:30 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 07 April 2008

According to a Harris Interactive survey, the use of cell phones is increasing and traditional landline telephone coverage is decreasing. In fact, one in five US adults do not have a landline and only 79 percent currently do. One in seven adults now uses only cell phones. Furthermore, while the use of cell phones among younger segments of the population has been widely reported, the technology is becoming increasingly popular among older populations as well. Remarkably, about half of U.S. adults who only use a cell phone are 30 or over. One-third of 18 to 29 year olds only use a cell phone or the Internet for making phone calls.

These are some of the results of a special analysis of four surveys conducted online between October 2007 and January 2008 by Harris Interactive. In total 9,132 adults were surveyed. This data was then weighted where necessary to bring it into line with the total population.

Specifically, the research finds that:

  • Almost nine in ten (89%) of adults have a wireless or cell phone. This represents a significant increase from 77 percent in October - December 2006 when The Harris Poll conducted a similar analysis;
  • Almost eight in ten (79%) adults say that they have a landline phone. This is down slightly from 81 percent in 2006;
  • About one is six (15%) of adults use the Internet, sometimes referred to as VoIP of Voice-Over-Internet-Protocol, to make telephone calls. This is basically unchanged from 16 percent in 2006.
  • Three-quarters (75%) of U.S. adults are using multiple approaches to making telephone calls. This is a substantial increase from 67 percent in October - December 2006.
  • Fourteen percent (14%) are only using their cell phone (up from 11% in 2006).
  • Just 9 percent (down from 18% in 2006) of U.S. adults only use a landline phone.
  • Six percent (6%) are only using a cell phone and VoIP.
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Source: Cellular News.

Monday, 07 April 2008 09:07:41 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 04 April 2008

MoneyWeb South Africa reports broadband subscriber numbers in the country have tipped the one million mark. Telkom is still the leading broadband provider with 420,000 subscribers for its ADSL service, but Vodacom is gaining ground with 370,000 registered HSDPA users. MTN is also showing significant growth in the mobile broadband arena with 120,000 subscribers, according to the article. ADSL and HSDPA users account for over 90% of all broadband subscribers in South Africa. The other 10% is accounted for by fixed wireless access provider iBurst with 60,000 subscribers, and various wireless ISPs (45,000). However, there is still plenty of room for growth in the market as the broadband penetration rate is currently only 2%, compared to the OECD average of 18.8%.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 04 April 2008 07:51:59 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 03 April 2008

Entel, Chile's largest telecoms company, has said it plans to invest USD350 million in infrastructure in 2008, a 25% increase on the previous year, with up to 70% of the capital expenditure being channelled into its wireless arm Entel PCS. Felipe Ureta, Entel's corporate finance manager, told the Reuters Latin America Investment Summit in Santiago: ‘It will be a year of high investment. Clearly all this investment stems from demand and will satisfy significant requirements of new services that are appearing, both in mobile and fixed line communications.’ The investment plan for this year will be self-financed from company cash flow, he added.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 03 April 2008 09:14:34 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

US wireless trade group, the CTIA has announced today that as of December 2007, its industry survey recorded more than 255 million wireless users. This represents a year-over-year increase of more than 22 million subscribers. The industry’s 12-month record for subscriber growth was reached in 2005, when 25.7 million new users came online.

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The survey also recorded record-breaking six-month wireless service revenues of $71 billion. Wireless data service revenues for the entirety of 2007 rose to more than $23 billion. This represents a 53% increase over 2006, when data revenue was $15.2 billion. Wireless data revenues for the year 2007 amounted to about 17% of all wireless service revenues, and represent money that consumers spend on non-voice services.

According to the survey, text messaging continues to be enormously popular, with more than 48 billion messages reported for the month of December 2007 alone - 1.6 billion messages per day. This represents an increase of 157% over December 2006. Wireless subscribers are also sending more and more pictures and other multi-media messages, with nearly 4 billion MMS messages sent during the second half of 2007 alone, compared with 2.7 billion sent over the course of the entire year in 2006.

Other highlights of the survey include: wireless customers using more than 2 trillion minutes in 2007, up nearly 18% over 2006.

Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 03 April 2008 09:09:31 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 31 March 2008

Brazilian mobile operator Vivo has announced a tripling of its planned investment for 2008 to BRL6.07 billion (USD3.48 billion), up from BRL1.92 billion in 2007. It is not clear, however, if the proposed capital expenditure for the current year includes the BRL1.3 billion acquisition of rival carrier Telemig. Vivo’s CAPEX is considerably higher than the figures announced by rivals TIM Brasil (BRL3.6 billion) and Telecom Americas’ Claro unit (BRL700 million).

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, 31 March 2008 15:45:39 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Cubans finally will be allowed to have their own cellphones, under a decree issued today by new Cuban dictator Raoul Castro, who has been busily lifting some of the more onerous restrictions imposed by his older brother.

The move follows permission from Raul for the population, starting next week, to buy PCs, DVD players and other consumer-electronics gear and various appliances. Toasters will be available on the island starting in 2010, for instance, for the first time in more than a decade.

Cuba has had cellular service - both TDMA and GSM - but it has been restricted to companies, foreigners and top government officials. Coverage, outside of Havana and some major cities, is spotty at best and generally nonexistent. At least some Cubans, however, are said to have managed to circumvent the rules, generally by getting non-Cubans or others with the right to a phone to subscribe for them. But the bottom line has been that cellular penetration on the island nation has remained the lowest in the Western Hemisphere as a result of the long-standard ban.

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Source: TelecomWeb.

Monday, 31 March 2008 10:47:01 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 25 March 2008

India's Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRAI) has reported that a total of 8.49 million telephone connections have been added during February 2008 as compared to 8.74 million connections added in January 2008. The total number of telephone connections reaches 290.11 million at the end of February 2008 as compared to 281.62 million in January 2008. The overall tele-density is 25.31% at the end of February 2008 as against 24.63% in January 2008.

In the wireless segment, 8.53 million subscribers have been added in the month of February 2008 as against 8.77 million subscribers added in the month of January 2008. The total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA & WLL(F)) base stood at 250.93 million at the end of February 2008.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, 25 March 2008 16:45:04 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 20 March 2008

According to Colombia’s telecoms regulator the CRT, the country ended last year with 1.2 million broadband internet subscribers, up 27.9% year-on-year. ADSL technology represented 57.4% of total connections, followed by cable modem technology (35.5%) and WiMAX (4.4%). Dial-up connections totalled 174,383, down 12% compared to December 2006. According to the report, local operator ETB took 22.1% of the broadband market, followed by EPM Telecomunicaciones (Une) with 20% and Colombia Telecom with 16.7%.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 20 March 2008 16:34:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of residential broadband connections in Argentina reached 2.1 million at the end of 2007, up 53.6% from 1.4 million a year earlier, reports BNamericas quoting government statistics bureau Indec. The total number of residential internet connections, including dial-up, totalled 2.9 million at 31 December 2007, up 16.5% from 2.5 million at the end of 2006. Meanwhile, corporate internet accesses rose 18.8% in 2007 to reach 275,717 connections at the year end. Of these, 211,789 were broadband (up 34.3%) and 40,310 were dial-up (down 25.6%).

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 20 March 2008 10:10:51 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

BNamericas, citing a report from the regulator Conatel, reports that the number of wireless subscribers in Venezuela at the end of 2007 stood at 23.8 million, up from 18.8 million twelve months previously. Mobile penetration correspondingly jumped from 68.9% to 86.8%. CANTV unit Movilnet remained the largest operator by subscribers, with a 39.9% market share at the end of the fourth quarter, down from 40.7% quarter-on-quarter. In second place was Telefonica-owned Movistar with 39.6%, down from 40.5%, while the third largest cellco, Digitel, boosted its share of the market to 20.5% from 18.8%. In the fixed telephony segment the country ended 2007 with 5.1million subscribers – giving a penetration rate of 18.5% – compared with 4.2 million twelve months before. Broadband connections meanwhile totalled 858,000 at the end of 2007 compared with 759,856 at end-2006.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 20 March 2008 10:09:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of active mobile phone lines in Brazil reached 124.1 million by 29 February 2008, up 1.02% on the previous month, and 22.7% higher than the figure recorded at the end of February 2007. According to preliminary data published by the regulator Anatel, more than 1.26 million cell phones were added in February this year.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 20 March 2008 10:07:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Boris Piedra, general manager of Etapa Telecom, has told BNamericas that his company forecasts revenues of USD3.3 million in 2008 and more than USD4 million in 2009, up from the USD2.5 million level recorded in 2007. Etapa Telecom has recently inked an agreement with Huawei for the deployment of a next generation network (NGN). Piedra said that the company's nationwide expansion programme requires a total investment of USD20 million. According to BNamericas, in the voice segment Etapa Telecom currently provides fixed services via rented infrastructure to approximately 1,000 subscribers in Cuenca and Guayaquil. Piedra stated that the company is targeting 5,000 voice telephony subscribers by the end of 2008 and 15,000 clients by end-2009. Etapa Telecom is fully controlled by Cuenca's municipally owned multi-utility Etapa.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 20 March 2008 10:07:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 19 March 2008

SAO PAULO -(Dow Jones)- The number of cellphones in circulation in Brazil totaled 124.1 million at the end of February, up 1% from January and 22.7% higher than the same month one year before, according to preliminary figures released late Monday by telecommunications regulator Anatel.

"In our view, the strong growth we've seen so far in 2008 is due at least in part to the practice of selling multiple subscriber identity module, or SIM, cards per subscriber, which artificially inflates the number of wireless subscribers and net additions," Morgan Stanley said in a research report. "As a result, we believe revenues and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or Ebitda, growth will not follow subscriber growth," it added.

Brazil's main operator are Vivo Participacoes, which is jointly owned by Spain's Telefonica and Portugal Telecom; TIM Participacoes, the local unit of Telecom Italia and Claro, the local unit of Mexico's America Movil.

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008 11:20:12 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 13 March 2008

Ecuador’s total number of internet users increased by 22.5% in 2007 to end the year at 1.01 million, including 318,973 broadband and 689,436 dial-up users, according to data from the country’s telecoms supervisory body Suptel, quoted by BNamericas. In terms of actual subscribers, Suptel previously reported that there were 85,946 broadband and 224,999 dial-up customers at the end of September 2007, a total of 310,945 paid subscriptions. According to TeleGeography's GlobalComms database, the country's broadband penetration at the end of September was 0.6%, rising to an estimated 0.7% at end-2007. GlobalComms shows that Ecuador’s broadband subscriber market is led by the TVCable group, which includes Suratel and Setel, with 44,029 connections by end-September, using various technologies including cable, DSL, WiMAX and fibre/LAN. The second-placed high speed ISP is Andinatel, the country’s largest wireline telco, which operates a DSL network in Quito and surrounding areas, with 16,054 subscribers at the same date.

Suptel also reported that the country’s fixed lines in service grew by 3.4% in 2007 to 1.83 million, whilst it said there were 9.85 million mobile phone subscribers at the end of December, up by 16.2% from end-2006.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 13 March 2008 15:12:21 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

In 2004, there were only 520 square miles of networked municipal Wi-Fi. However, ABI Research forecasts a nearly sixty-fold increase over the next several years, to more than 30,000 square miles. Varying levels of maturity and acceptance exist within this market, spread across global regions and individual countries. The following is a snapshot of some major variations, according to recent analysis from ABI Research:

  • North America: Leads in deployments; but in many cases, the region employs the wrong business plan of free consumer access and free infrastructure; consolidating incumbent service providers view municipal Wi-Fi as a competitive threat.
  • Europe: Mobile-oriented rather than PC-oriented; incumbents initially resisted municipal Wi-Fi but now recognize in-building limitations and are incorporating it within service bundles for nomadic broadband Internet access, or as a way to compete out-of-region.
  • Asia-Pacific: Status varies widely, but rapid uptake in advanced countries such as South Korea is resulting in innovative applications and the development of new end-user devices to leverage municipal Wi-Fi.
  • Emerging Regions: Equipment costs remains prohibitive; there is interest in the technology, but compared with more basic services such as electricity, funding is a challenge; these regions are likely to be late adopters.
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Source: Newsletter Analyst Insider from ABI Research.

Thursday, 13 March 2008 10:27:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A study commissioned by US equipment vendor Cisco and carried out by IDC concluded that Brazil was home to 8.1 million broadband connections at the end of 2007, up from 5.7 million at end-2006 and more than double the 3.752 million figure reported in December 2005. The main broadband players in the country at the end of last year were Brasil Telecom with 1.567 million customers, Telemar's Oi unit (1.518 million), Telefonica Brazil (2.069 million) and Net Servicos (estimated at 1.38 million).

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 13 March 2008 10:17:58 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 06 March 2008

US wireless carrier Leap Wireless International posted revenues of nearly USD430 for the three months to 31 December 2007, up 37% from USD314 million in the year earlier quarter, and trimmed its net loss from USD45.6 million to USD18 million.

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Source: TeleGeopraphy.

Thursday, 06 March 2008 11:50:53 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Brazilian telecoms operator Tele Norte Leste Participacoes, which trades as Oi, has reported a 49% year-on-year rise in net income for the three months ended 31 December, to BRL911.5 million (USD544.5 million) from BRL613.3 million a year earlier, the company said in a statement.

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At the end of 2007 Oi counted 14.2 million main lines in service, down 1.2% year-on-year, while its broadband user base climbed 35% to 1.52 million. The operator’s mobile arm recorded 16 million subscribers by the start of 2008, a 22% increase on the previous year. Oi hopes to increase its mobile base to 18 million users by end-2008 and hopes to sign up roughly 600,000 high speed internet customers to end the year with 2.1 million. The landline base is expected to fall to 14 million by the year end.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 06 March 2008 11:45:41 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 28 February 2008

America Movil's 2008 mission: Bring next-generation, 3G mobile phone services to much of Latin America.

Why the 3G push from the region's biggest wireless firm? America Movil's AMX best years of subscriber growth are likely behind it. In 2008, America Movil forecasts that it'll add about 20.5 million net new subscribers, down 28% from last year's 28.6 million.But as subscriber growth wanes, America Movil expects to boost revenue and profit by selling more 3G services.

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Thursday, 28 February 2008 17:48:33 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The CDMA Development Group (CDG) has announced that CDMA subscribers grew to more than 431 million, and CDMA2000 grew to more than 417 million during last year. The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region added the most net subscribers, and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) grew the fastest by percentage.

CDMA2000 subscribership among the 250 networks worldwide grew 16% in 2007, including strong sales figures for broadband EV-DO devices and services. The EV-DO subscriber base grew from 55 million to 90.5 million in 2007, achieving a compound annual growth rate of more than 64%.

APAC and North America claimed the majority of customers, with 49% and 32% of the global market, respectively. APAC added 6.2 million in Q4 2007 to reach 211 million subscribers, making it the largest net growth region in the world. North America alone has more than 137 million CDMA subscribers. APAC and EMEA saw the greatest year-over-year growth, with 24% and 60%, respectively. Other highly-concentrated regions for CDMA are India with more than 61 million subscribers, China with 42 million, and Indonesia with 14 million. In addition, more and more operators in emerging countries are reaching the one-million CDMA subscriber mark. For example, Angola's Movicel, Morocco's WANA, Starcomms of Nigeria, PTCL in Pakistan, Sudatel and Yemen Mobile all saw subscribership race past this milestone in 2007.

The CDG also noted that 2007 also saw an explosion in the availability of both low- and high-end devices. More than 350 devices were introduced on a commercial basis. Today, more than 82 very low-end (VLE) CDMA2000 handsets (under US$50 wholesale) are available globally from 19 suppliers.

Perhaps most important to the designation of 2007 as a critical year for CDMA is the number of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) deployments that took place. At the beginning of the year, only three operators had deployed Rev. A technology. Now, 26 operators worldwide have upgraded to Rev. A and another 31 operators are in the process of upgrading. Operators with working Rev. A networks have witnessed a substantial increase in their data revenue.

In addition, CDMA has found a home in new spectrum allocations. China Unicom made a successful bid to operate 3G in Macau and rolled-out its first CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network there in October. PCCW-HKT Telephone won a 15-year license to deploy and operate CDMA2000 in the 800 MHz band in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, several operators in the United States are considering CDMA2000 to offer Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) in the 1.7/2.1 GHz frequency band.

On the 450 and 700 MHz fronts, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) reached a decision to use the two bands for 3G and next-generation mobile services.

Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 28 February 2008 17:42:55 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Ecuadorian regulator Supertel has reported customer numbers for the end of 2007 just short of the 10m mark, as the total count increased to 9.98m during the year. Net additions over the 12 months to 31st December 2007 amounted to 1.47m, the lowest figure recorded since Q1 2005, whilst on a proportionate basis rolling annual growth fell to an all-time low of 17.2%. These trends are less remarkable when noting that penetration in Ecuador reached 72.1% at the end of 2007, after an increase of almost 10pp in the year.

America Movil’s Conecel pulled further ahead of its two competitors in 2007, registering 87.5% of the year’s net additions and extending its market share from 66.5% to 69.5% in the process. Its position was helped by the fact that its main rival, Telefonica’s Otecel, has floundered somewhat this last year, adding just 92k customers on a net basis over the 12 months: this equates to proportionate growth of just 3.7%, against 22.7% at Conecel. In fact, Telefonica actually lost customers in Ecuador in the fourth quarter, according to data from Supertel, its base falling from 2.66m to 2.59m in the three months to December.

Whether the company itself agrees with this version of events has yet to be seen, as Telefonica does not publish its own figures until this Thursday.

The third operator in the Ecuadorian market is Telecomunicaciones Móviles del Ecuador, or Allegro PCS, which finished the year with 450k customers. This gave the operator a 4.5% share of the market, up from 4.2% at the end of 2006. (As with market-leader Conecel, Allegro’s gain also came at the expense of Telefonica, whose own share fell from 29.3% to 25.9% of the total base during the year.) The fourth quarter of 2007 was significant for Allegro PCS as it saw the introduction of GSM technology by the company, which has hitherto been an exclusive proponent of the CDMA standard.

The development leaves CANTV as the only CDMA-only operator in Latin America, until later midway through this year, that is, at which point the renationalised Venezuelan carrier is due to launch its own GSM overlay network.

Penetration vs Proportionate Annual Growth

Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 28 February 2008 17:38:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 27 February 2008

SAO PAULO -(Dow Jones)- The number of cellphones in circulation in Brazil totaled 122.8 million at the end of January, up 1.5% from December and 22% higher than the same month one year before, according to figures released late Friday by telecommunications regulator Anatel.

Net additions in the month were 1.88 million. Brazil's leading cellphone operator Vivo Participacoes' share of the local cellphone market fell slightly in January. The company still maintained its lead with 27.44% of the market in January from 27.68% in December. TIM Participacoes, Brazil's No. 2 operator, had its market share increase to 26.10% in January from 25.85% in the month before. Market share for third-placed operator Claro fell slightly to 24.84% in January from 24.99% in December. Oi, or Tele Norte Leste Participacoes' market share rose slightly to 13.32% from 13.21% in December. Vivo is jointly controlled by Spain's Telefonica and Portugal Telecom. Claro is owned by Mexico's America Movil, and TIM is controlled by Telecom Italia.

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, 27 February 2008 10:02:28 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mexico's largest wireless provider America Movil launched its new third-generation broadband wireless network Monday in 15 cities, with expectations that the service will become profitable by the end of the year.

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At a press conference, company officials said they expect the third-generation, or 3G, network to expand its coverage to 350 Mexican cities by the end of the year.

America Movil is Mexico's biggest wireless service provider, with 50 million subscribers. The company plans to invest $4 billion a year over the next three years to upgrade its network to 3G across Latin America.

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Source: Cellular News.

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Wednesday, 27 February 2008 09:24:59 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 25 February 2008

Spurred on by the explosive penetration of mobile telephony and broadband services, the Colombian telecommunication services market has witnessed high and stable growth rates in recent times. Market development, in the short and medium term, will depend a great deal on the promotion of new technologies and applications.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that the market earned revenues of over $5.48 billion in 2006 and estimates this to reach $7.12 billion in 2012.

"The primary drivers for the Colombian telecommunications markets include the strong growth of broadband services, the development of the VoIP market, and the emergence of new applications in the mobile telephony segment," notes Gina Sánchez, Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "With fixed telephony services having reached maturity and mobile telephony penetration levels at over 73 percent, value-added services and new technologies will be critical to the market's future growth."

With regard to broadband and Internet access services, growth is likely to be accelerated by the country's economic progress, more affordable personal computers (PCs) and telecommunication equipment, and the Government's social programs for digital inclusion. Moreover, broadband prices continue to fall as a result of increasing competition and this continuing trend is likely to further spur subscriber growth.

Going forward, the voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) segment is likely to emerge as the fastest growing market segment, followed by the broadband and Internet access segment. During the forecast period, the VoIP segment is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 77.0 percent and the number of lines is expected to grow from 22,560 to 504,509.

"However, the entrance of multinational companies and the mergers and acquisitions adopted by market participants to strengthen their position have added much competition to the market," notes Sánchez. "In this scenario operators have started a price reduction race that may restrain market growth."

Overall, the Colombian telecommunications sector has emerged as a market with high and stable growth rates. Given the increasing competition and the overwhelming need to maintain healthy average revenue per user (ARPU), it will be vital for market participants to offer bundled solutions and triple play, as well as integrated packages of telecommunications and IT solutions.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, 25 February 2008 08:39:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 22 February 2008

BNamericas, quoting a study by local consultancy Prince & Cooke, reports that revenues from Argentina's telecoms market totaled ARS24 billion (USD7.6 billion) in 2007, an increase of 25% compared to 2006. The study found that revenues were driven by the mobile telephony and internet segments. Mobile revenues surged 42% last year compared to 2006 while the internet sector experienced 40% growth. The cellular market accounted for 45% of total turnover. The country ended 2007 with 2.6 million broadband subscribers, and approximately 800,000 additions are expected this year.

Source: Telegeography.

Friday, 22 February 2008 10:48:35 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Peru's incumbent fixed line carrier Telefonica del Peru (TdP) has posted a net loss of PEN91.31 million (USD32.06 million) in 2007 compared to a PEN178 million profit in 2006. Revenues slipped 1.7% to PEN4.42 billion, although performances were mixed across its operations: local telephony, public telephones and business communications saw sales fall 6.4%, 25% and 7% respectively, while internet, pay-tv and long-distance operations recorded increases of 23.2%, 23.9% and 17.4% respectively.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, 19 February 2008 08:46:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 21 January 2008

Caribbean-based mobile telecommunications operator Digicel ended 2007 with more than 6 million customers. The company has also announced that its total investment exceeded USD 1.9 billion across the region and it has also opened new business operations in Suriname, Guyana and El Salvador. In December 2007, Digicel was also granted a mobile licence to operate a GSM network in the British Virgin Islands. The company also introduced a new line of mobile handsets called Coral that is accessible to consumers across almost all Digicel markets. Digicel is also expanding its customer offerings, continuing to roll out technology services such as its Personal Broadband Service through WiMAX technology.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, 21 January 2008 16:54:26 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 18 January 2008

The number of people with a mobile phone in Brazil climbed 21.08% in 2007 to 120.98 million, according to preliminary figures published by the telecoms regulator Anatel. Of the total, around 81% were pre-paid users and 19% were on monthly contracts, it said. Although the overall pace of mobile subscriber growth is slowing, Anatel noted that 4.66 million new customers were added in December alone.

Portugal Telecom and Telefonica’s joint venture wireless operator Vivo maintained its leading position in the sector with a market share of 27.68%, up from 27.60% in November, ahead of Telecom Italia’s TIM Brasil unit with 25.85% (down from 25.88%) and America Movil-backed Telecom Americas (Claro) in third with 24.99% (24.98%). The fourth place operator was Oi with around 13%.

Source: Telegeography, based on Anatel.

Friday, 18 January 2008 13:28:22 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 17 January 2008

Caribbean based operator, Digicel says that it ended last year with more than six million customers, a total investment exceeding US $1.9 billion across the region and new business operations in Suriname, Guyana and El Salvador. The company's measurement is based on an approach of a subscriber only being defined as "active" if that subscriber had a chargeable event in the last 30 days.

"Digicel's progress in 2007 reinforced our position as the Caribbean's leading mobile service provider and demonstrated delivery of sustained growth in our current markets, strategically expanding operations in new markets and providing exciting, first-to-market technology innovations to all of our customers," said Colm Delves, Digicel Group CEO.

Significant inroads were also made by Digicel's sister company, Digicel Pacific. The company launched in Papua New Guinea in July 2007, and the Tonga operator TONFON was acquired in November while Digicel Samoa continues to enjoy steady growth. The Governments of Fiji, Vanuatu and several other countries in the Pacific have committed to license Digicel Pacific shortly.

"2007 was a phenomenal year of growth for Digicel," added Colm Delves. "As we look ahead to 2008, we are very excited about further strengthening our presence in current markets, strategically expanding our business operations in new markets and continuing to bring new technology innovations and products to all of our customers."

Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 17 January 2008 09:43:55 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Guatemala’s telecoms regulator Superintendcia de Telecomunicaciones (SIT) has announced that the country’s three cellular operators signed almost three million subscribers between them during 2007, ending the year with 10.15 million customers in total. The growth was fuelled by cut-price mobile packages hitting the market. The regulator says that Millicom subsidiary Comcel led the market at end-2007, closely followed by America Movil’s local unit, Claro. Third-placed operator Movistar, which is backed by Telefonica of Spain, claimed around 25% of all subscribers.

Source: Telegeography, based on SIT.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008 16:10:01 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 10 January 2008

Ecuador finished November with a total 9.814 million mobile subscribers, according to market regulator Suptel. Porta remained the largest operator, with 6.75 million customers versus 5.45 million a year earlier. Movistar’s base grew to 2.63 million from 2.41 million, and Alegro increased its subscriber numbers to 429,000 from 326,000. Since September, Suptel has applied a definition of subscribers as active when using services in the past 90 days.

Source: Wireless Federation, based on Suptel Report.

Thursday, 10 January 2008 14:45:50 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 07 January 2008

Uruguay added 1.43mn mobile lines in the first eleven months of 2007 to total 3.2mn, local newspaper El País reported.

At the end of 2006, the country had 2.05mn mobile lines.

At the end of November, Ancel, the mobile unit of state-owned telco Antel, had 1.25mn subscribers, Telefónica unit Movistar Uruguay had 1.2mn subscribers while CTI Móvil, a unit of Mexican giant América Móvil, had almost 746,000.

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Monday, 07 January 2008 10:57:48 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 20 December 2007

Brazil was home to more than 116.3 million mobile phones at the end of November, up 1.4%, or 1.62 million, from the end of the previous month and 19.5% higher than the figure recorded at end-November 2006, according to data published by the telecoms regulator Anatel.

Source : Telegeography based on report from Anatel.

Thursday, 20 December 2007 10:42:13 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of broadband accesses in Brazil grew 8.3 percent in the third quarter of this year, with 544,000 new connections sold in the period, according to the Cisco Broadband Barometer. The total number of users reached 7.1 million. Residential access accounts for 86.3 percent of installed connections. The corporate market grew at a slower pace, just 2.4 percent in comparison to the second quarter. Broadband access speeds between 1 Mbps and 2 Mbps suffered a 30 percent drop in prices, while the drop was only 4.1 percent for speeds above 2 Mbps. The state of Sao Paulo is the biggest consumer of broadband, with 40.1 percent of total connections in Brazil. In national terms, broadband penetration is only 3.8 percent, with most accesses (75 percent) of the xDSL type.

Source: Wireless Federation based on Cisco Broadband Barometer.

Thursday, 20 December 2007 10:41:05 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 19 December 2007

The top 10 network operators in the Caribbean & Latin America region now all have over 10m customers as 10th placed Telecom Personal of Argentina crossed the 10m customer barrier in the quarter. The composition and order of the top 10 has remained unchanged throughout 2007, with Telecel in Mexico leading from Vivo and TIM in Brasil. Telcel has pulled ahead of its rivals, extending its lead over Vivo from 12.0m customers at the end of September 2006 to 16.2m customers a year later, whilst TIM closed the gap between it and its domestic rival from 4.6m to 2.2m customers during the year.

The top five operators - the ranking completed by Claro in Brazil and Comcel in Colombia - all have more than 20m customers and together had a base of 157m customers at the end of Q3 2007, a year on year increase of 16.9% - some way short of the 23.8% regional average.

The operators occupying positions five to ten in the ranking were considerably faster growing, pushing up the annual growth rate to 20.7%, although this still meant that the proportion of the continental total accounted for by the top 10 fell from 62.9% to 61.4% over the course of the year.

Top 10 Operators by Customers

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In terms of net additions, Telcel Mexico also claimed top-spot with 6.80m in the year to 30th September - almost 1m more than second placed Claro Brazil which recorded 5.81m new connections. TIM Brazil was in third place with an increase of just over 5m, whilst Brazilian market leader Vivo was way down in eighth place with just 2.59m net additions in the 12 month period. America Movil's Colombian subsidiary Comcel was the most notable under-performer, claiming ninth place with 2.50m net additions. All of the members of the top 10 ranking of markets by customer numbers make an appearance in the top 10 ranking by annual net additions, with the exception of Telemar (TNL PCS) in Brazil, which found itself 11th for the year ending September 2007.

Top 10 Operators by Net Additions Q3

Taking its place in the top 10 at number seven was Telefonica Moviles Peru, the region's 14th largest operator by customers. Telefonica's Peruvian business did even better in the net additions ranking for the third quarter, attaining sixth place with 0.86m new customers, and beating its much larger Mexican sister business which registered 0.84m net additions in the process. Giving way this time was CALA's tenth largest operator by customers, Telecom Personal of Argentina, which fell to 15th in the quarterly ranking with 0.28m new connections.

Top 10 Operators by Net Additions Year to Date

Leading the quarterly ranking was America Movil's Claro Brazil with 1.73m new customers, from rival TIM with 1.68m. Telcel Mexico was third with 1.40m, ahead of a revived Telemar with 1.27m in fourth place and a resurgent Vivo in fifth place with 1.08m. In addition to the Telefonica businesses in Peru and Mexico, CTI Argentina, Telefonica Argentina and Comcel Colombia round off the top 10 in eighth, ninth and tenth places respectively.

Source : Cellular News. 

Wednesday, 19 December 2007 11:35:50 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 13 December 2007

The Dominican Republic ended the third quarter of 2007 with an overall telephony penetration rate of 65.5%, including both fixed and mobile lines, the country's telecoms watchdog Indotel said in a statement.

The country ended September with 903,335 fixed lines in service resulting in an overall penetration rate of 9.9% while penetration of mobile telephony reached 55.6%.

The country ended the period with 287,163 internet subscriptions meaning penetration of 18.1%.

Source: Cellular News, based on the statement of Indotel.

Thursday, 13 December 2007 07:31:53 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 10 December 2007

The Canadian market looks set to reach 20 million customers by the end of the year, having added 0.54 million customers in Q3 to hit 19.54 million at the end of the quarter. Traditionally Q4 is the strongest quarter of the year, so it will be surprising if Canada does not break the 20 million barrier in the current quarter. This impending milestone should not be treated with anything like jubilation, however, since the Canadian market is still extremely underpenetrated by reference to its socio-economic peers, with a rate of just 58.4% at the end of Q3. Since Q3 06, penetration has only risen by 4.2pp, and the total market has grown by just 8.7%.

In terms of market rankings, nothing has changed since the end of Q3 06.

Rogers remains the market leader having broken through the 7 million barrier in Q3 to finish the quarter on 7.16 million, while closest rival Bell Mobility surpassed 6 million to finish on 6.02 million. Third-placed TELUS had 5.41 million customers at the end of Q3 while regional operators Sasktel and MTS had 0.43 million and 0.38 million respectively.

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Monday, 10 December 2007 08:36:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 06 December 2007

GSM customer numbers in North America topped 100m in early September to reach 100.52m by the end of the third quarter, 1.97m up over the three months. Connections to networks operating using the global standard have more than doubled in number over the last three years, having stood at just under 50m at the end of Q3 2004. Over that time-frame GSM has been without doubt the fastest growing technology in the North American market; however, over the last year it has in fact been the slowest growing. In the year to 30th September, GSM customer numbers rose by 9.7%, which is the lowest ever recorded growth rate for the technology, and the first time the annual figure has dropped below 10%.

Before CDMA stalwarts get too hot under the collar, however, we should point out that this is of course because of the huge increase in W-CDMA 3G customers in the US market. Taking the GSM and W-CDMA bases together, the increase in customers amounted to 16.8% in the year to 30th September 2007 - well above the regional average growth rate of 10.2% and 1.2pp in excess of the percentage increase in the number of CDMA customers in North America over the 12 month period.

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Thursday, 06 December 2007 10:06:59 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 03 December 2007

Mexico's telecommunications sector saw revenues grow 31.1% in the third quarter of 2007 compared to the same period last year, making it the strongest quarter in seven years, the country's telecoms regulator Cofetel said in a statement.

According to Cofetel's production sector index ITEL, the telecoms sector outstripped the local economy 8.4 times in Q3 versus 2Q07. The economy grew 3.7% in the third quarter versus Q2.

Cofetel attributed the growth to an increase in mobile phone and trunking traffic as well as the strengthening of competition in the satellite communications segment, the statement said.

Some 2.36mn mobile phone users were added in the quarter, reaching a total of 64.35mn, or a teledensity of 60.8 lines for every 100 inhabitants.

Boosting mobile phone calls were a reduction in rates and growing popularity of text messaging.

In the quarter, the trunking segment saw its strongest growth in five years due to more competitive promotions and increasing coverage in the country.

Source: Cellular News based on Cofetel's statement.

Monday, 03 December 2007 08:36:20 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |