ICT: The week in 10 stories

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Friday, August 31, 2018

MEXICO

–The first commercial offerings of telecoms services using the Red Compartida wholesale network in Mexico should be hitting the market as early as next month.

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–The trade agreement between the US and Mexico will likely enhance digital trade as it includes stronger protections for telecoms investors, according to experts.

CHILE

–Chile is in the cybercrime spotlight again after details of 924 credit cards were leaked. Of the total, 210 were active, local banking watchdog Sbif said in a statement on Monday.

CenturyLink's new datacenter in Chile is almost finished. It will be the IP communications provider's second in the country and the 19th in the region.

COLOMBIA

Colombia's President Iván Duque has renewed calls for a convergent ICT regulator also said he would present a new ICT law to congress in September.

ARGENTINA

Argentina's telecoms regulator Enacom is introducing measures that restrict the trade of illegal or stolen smartphones.

BRAZIL

Payment processing security solutions developer Berghem is eyeing opportunities in large consumer markets with high incidence of fraud in electronic payments, such as Brazil and Mexico.

URUGUAY

Argentine pay-TV and broadband company Cablevisión launched DTH satellite services in the Uruguayan departments of Montevideo, Canelones and San José, the company's manager Gillermo Valente told La Red 21.

VENEZUELA

Nicolás Maduro, president of crisis-hit Venezuela, has announced that starting September, state benefits will be deposited in digital wallet accounts associated with the country's national ID card.

REGIONAL

Smartphones sales in Latin America are expected to be less than originally forecast for 2018 as elections and economic uncertainty have caused consumer jitters.