ICT: The week in 10 stories

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Friday, August 24, 2018

COLOMBIA

The crowning achievement of Colombia's Vive Digital inclusion program during former president Manuel Santos' administration was reducing poverty and making people see the power of technology to bring about change, said former telecomunications minister Diego Molano.

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MEXICO

Mexico's next government will look into switching off 2G telecommunications in the country and reduce the fiscal load attached to telecom spectrum concessions to improve connectivity and access, a leading economic advisor for president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said.

BRAZIL

Over a year after announcing it, Google launched in Brazil its Waze carpool service, which allows users heading in the same direction to share rides.

PERU

Telefónica del Perú, through its Movistar brand, is investing 25mn soles (US$7.6mn) in upgrading fixed and mobile telecoms infrastructure in Peru's Ucayali region.

VENEZUELA

Venezuela's consumer rights regulator Sundde has begun sanctions against subscription TV companies Net Uno, Movistar, Directv, Inter, Cable Hogar and Super Cable due to complaints about abrupt price increases.

ARGENTINA

Huawei says it will be cautious before committing to new investments in Argentina due to the weakness of the peso, which has lost nearly 40% of its value year-to-date.

URUGUAY

Uruguay started to implement the electronic oncological clinical record (HCEO) as a mandatory clinical information system for cancer treatment services in the country.

CUBA

State-owned telecoms company Etecsa is offering free mobile internet access to its prepaid cellphone users as part of a test of its mobile internet service deployment.

PARAGUAY

Auctioning spectrum for 4G, leveraging the universal services fund and expanding broadband connectivity to Brazil will be among the most immediate tasks for the new head of Paraguay's telecoms regulator Conatel, Andrés Manuel Gubetich Mojoli.

COLOMBIA

BNamericas speaks to Santiago Castro, president of Colombia's banking association Asobancaria, about fintechs, investments, regulations and more ahead of industry conference CLAB 2018.