Brazilian regulator looks at QoS regs on broadband speed

By Luca Schiavoni,Associate Analyst, Regulatory Telecoms, Ovum

The Brazilian regulator Anatel has recently passed rules that set minimum quality of service (QoS) levels for fixed and mobile operators. Perhaps surprisingly, the regulator has set the same minimum performance requirements for both fixed and mobile broadband connections. The regulation of fixed broadband is not unexpected, despite its relatively early adoption compared to other countries. However, the QoS obligations for mobile broadband should have taken...

By Ovum Research, 10 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, LATAM.

Europe’s largest operator posts first loss in 9 years

Europe’s largest operator, Telefonica, has posted its first quarterly loss in nine years, amid what it described as a ‘challenging’ market environment.

The group’s profit plummeted by 69% to 2.73bn Euros, with a 5.4% increase in revenue largely wiped out by a one off restructuring charge of 2.7bn Euros.

The firm reported a loss of 429m Euros in the third quarter, compared to a net profit of 5.06bn Euros during the same period in 2010, though last year’s results were bolstered by...

By Matt Henkes, 14 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, LATAM, Operators.

96% of LatAm Users Access Social Networks via Mobile

Mobile devices, such as low-cost smartphones and small media tablets, will become the consumer platform of choice for accessing the internet and social networking sites in Latin America (LatAm). In fact, if the mobile social network market continues to develop at the current rate, then the region can achieve 116.8 million mobile social network users by 2015, according to the latest market study by Pyramid Research. Their recent report outlines the current state of mobile social networks in Latin America and the changes that Latin American mobile network operators and device...

By David H. Deans, 07 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: LATAM, Mobile.

Low Cost Smartphones for the World's Poorest Citizens

The next one billion people on the planet who are first-time users of the internet will likely gain access via a smartphone, not a computer. Moreover, the internet offers them the prospect of new hope and socioeconomic advancement. Why? Many of these people are poor, very poor. In most developing nations, the typical Android smartphone -- typically selling for $400 to $500 -- is way out of reach for many consumers that currently have a feature phone or perhaps no phone at all. These potential smartphone owners currently only have one operating system (OS) choice in the low-cost category, (the under-$150...

By David H. Deans, 02 November 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Africa, Asia, Consumers, Europe, India, LATAM, N America, Research, Smartphones, UAE.

How long will the iPad fever last?

2011: the year of media tablets

Although there were tablets in the market long before iPad, after its first announcement many still had doubts, and questioned the usefulness of such a device. Nevertheless Apple exceeded even the most optimistic expectations. Since the release of the iPad, Apple alone has shipped a total of 15 million tablets making it a most wanted Christmas present of 2010. Despite a temporary volume decrease in Q1 2011, caused by delayed iPad 2 launch, in Q2 2011 again there were 9.25...

By Research2Guidance, 19 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, China, Consumers, Devices, Industry, LATAM, N America, Research.