Futurecom roundup: Diveo-UOL-Tellabs, Confidex, TIM, Tekelec, Amdocs, Vivo

- Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Futurecom roundup: Diveo-UOL-Tellabs, Confidex, TIM, Tekelec, Amdocs, Vivo

Latin American broadband and IT services provider Diveo and Brazilian internet service provider Universo Online (UOL) have chosen Tellabs to unite their separate networks as one architecture, the companies said in a statement.

UOL and Diveo announced in March that they would merge operations after Diveo bought the former at end-2010 for 694mn reais (US$414mn at the time). The new company will be called UOL Diveo.

UOL Diveo selected the Tellabs 7100 Nano Optical Transport System (OTS) to merge existing services, a move which will help the company better manage current services and prepare the network for future growth.

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Confidex, a Finnish supplier of RFID tag solutions, has established a team in São Paulo to better serve its growing customer and partner base in Latin America, the company said in a statement.

In Latin America, Confidex already has a partner network and is engaged with key players in the industry. Many markets are applying RFID solutions in both industry and government-driven initiatives to improve efficiency and security and to optimize transactional activity, Confidex said.

The Brazil office will be led by the new general manager for Latin America, Alexander Dannias, who has experience in business development, management and operations in Latin America.

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Brazilian telco TIM Brasil has extended its deal with Tekelec (Nasdaq: TKLC) to manage and monetize users' mobile data traffic, Tekelec said in statement.

Tekelec's Policy Server, a policy and charging rules function (PCRF), and its Subscriber Data Management (SDM) product will help TIM Brasil to offer new prepaid and postpaid tariff plans for smartphone, tablet and netbook users.

TIM Brasil's marketing and network teams will be able to create new tiers and promotions designed to grow market share and revenue, and to better control network usage to lower capex and opex, Tekelec said.

TIM Brasil initially selected Tekelec's PCRF in early 2010, when it was the Camiant Multimedia Policy Engine. Tekelec acquired Camiant in May 2010.

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TIM Brasil has gone live with the first phase of its BOSS/OSS transformation project being undertaken by US customer management solutions provider Amdocs (NYSE: DOX), Amdocs said in a statement.

In February, Amdocs announced it had been selected by TIM as primary provider of the solution, designed to unify customer ordering, provisioning processes and activation across multiple channels and lines of business.

This deployment marks the first step in TIM's consolidation of two separate networks following its acquisition of Intelig in 2009.

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The Brazilian unit of Spain's Telefónica (NYSE: TEF) will switch all of its products to its Vivo mobile phone operator brand early next year, the head of Brazilian operations, Antonio Carlos Valente, told press Monday.

"There's a fixed date for the change, and that's the end of the first quarter of 2012," Valente said.

Changes to Brazilian regulations have allowed operators to merge their fixed-line and mobile operations. Telefónica is in the final step of that process, when the mobile phone operator will be formally absorbed by its main local unit, Telesp.