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.

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.