Bolivia: The new darling of Latin American telecoms?

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Bolivia has traditionally been one of the smallest telecoms markets in Latin America (LATAM). Yet a new report from Pyramid Research argues that it will become the fastest growing in the LATAM market.

The report, entitled ‘Bolivia: DTH Launches And Fiber-Optic Backbone Rollout to Drive Video and Data Services’, argues the Bolivian telecoms market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.8% between 2014 and 2019, driven in the main by broadband internet and pay...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, LATAM, Smart TV, Wireless.

Device manufacturers and mindboggling moves in emerging markets

Movements of major tech players are exciting and device manufacturers continue to wow the world with stunning new tech in the smartphone arena. But right alongside this, sometimes decisions are made that make us stop and wonder – what on earth’s going on?

The most recent news on the grape vine is that Microsoft and Nokia are essentially going to be winding down their efforts to innovate in emerging markets. This comes on the back of an all singing and dancing launch of the X2, a handset that...

By Vasileios Tziokas, 26 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, LATAM, Mobile, Operators.

Telecom Italia’s future becomes even more uncertain

Emeka Obiodu, Principal Analyst, Industry, Communications, and Broadband

Telecom Italia (TI) has unveiled plans to raise €4.0bnto help reduce its debt. Rather than the €2.0bn capital increase that had been anticipated, TI has opted for a €1.4bnconvertible bond, the sale of its 22.7% stake in Telecom Argentina, the sale-and-lease-back of its mobile towers in Brazil and Italy, and the offloading of its digital broadcasting unit in Italy. These steps will give the operator something of a reprieve,...

By Ovum Research, 12 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LATAM, Networks, Operators.

Why small cells are poised for growth in Latin America

Small cells mean big changes for mobile networks

Already an important element in 3G networks globally, small cells enable network coverage to be easily extended to accommodate data growth, especially in busy outdoor areas. However, as operators move to 4G/LTE networks and introduce heterogeneous networks (HetNets), small cells become even more important. Why?  Because LTE technology promises higher bandwidth in the radio interface, end-users also expect better service, lower latency and more throughput. This...

By Tellabs, 18 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LATAM, LTE, M2M, Networks, Small Cells.

Researching the digital ecosystem in Latin America

AHCIET and Ovum launched the Observatory of Telecoms Indicators in Latin America. Its objective is to measure and analyze the digital ecosystem as well as identify and quantify the socioeconomic contribution of the telecoms industry to the growth and welfare of the Latin American economy. In its first study, the AHCIET-Ovum Observatory concludes that telecoms services have increased their impact in Latin America. Not only have...

By David H. Deans, 29 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Infographic, LATAM, Research.

Mobile internet revenue passed $244 billion in 2012

Global mobile data service revenue -- including mobile internet and messaging revenue -- will rise by 21.4 percent between 2012 and 2014. It will then represent 40.4 percent of the $1 trillion mobile customers will be spending on their mobile phone services. Thanks to strong commitments to LTE network deployment in Latin America and Africa, not just the developed markets, growth rates in the regions will be substantially faster as the increase in usage outstrips mobile data pricing decline. According to the...

By David H. Deans, 16 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, LATAM, LTE, Mobile.

Exploring Brazil's evolving digital media marketplace

Brazil is still one of the most promising high-growth digital media markets in Latin America. comScore released data from their latest market study of the nation. They examined how the prevailing trends in web usage, social media, online video, digital advertising, mobile and search are defining the current marketplace and how they are likely to shape the coming year. “The Brazilian digital landscape saw significant change in 2012 led by the strong emergence of Social Networking, in addition to increasing media consumption in terms of online video and display advertising,” said Alex Banks, comScore managing director for Brazil...

By David H. Deans, 19 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LATAM.

Mexico’s plan for telecoms reform will require careful implementation

Luca Schiavoni, Analyst, Regulation

As it promised in the wake of the recent elections, the newly appointed Mexican government has presented an extensive set of reforms that aim to transform the landscape of the telecoms sector. Most proposals appear to go in the right direction, moving toward a more competitive market, in particular the much-needed creation of a stronger and more independent regulatory body. As Ovum noted in our Regulatory Scorecard 2013: LATAM, the lack of such a body has been the main reason for...

By Ovum Research, 15 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Infrastructure, LATAM, Mobile, Operators.

A state-owned operator enters the 3G market in Argentina

Luca Schiavoni, Analyst, Regulation, Ovum

The Argentinean government has cancelled an auction of 42.5MHz of additional spectrum in the 850MHz and 1900MHz bands it had designed in 2011, and assigned all the frequencies up for grabs to the state-owned operator Arsat.

The move comes as quite a surprise, despite the delays to the initial schedule set out by the government. The award was initially expected to occur by the end of 2011, but was deferred first to 2Q12 and then to 3Q12, with five operators presenting...

By Ovum Research, 21 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: LATAM, Operators, Wireless.

Where are the opportunities in the LATAM connected car market?

By Susan Kuchinskas

Government legislation is at the top of the list of influences on Latin American markets, according to Scott Sedlik, vice president of marketing for INRIX. CONTRAN 245 is Brazil's legislation requiring all new vehicles to be equipped with tracking modules; it's in the early stages of implementation and will benefit hardware manufacturers.

One differentiator in Latin America is that most vehicles are sold without installed infotainment systems; in many cases, without even radios,...

By Telematics Update, 13 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: LATAM, Operators, Telematics.