Roundup: ATSI, Cofemer, Subtel

- Friday, March 18, 2011

Roundup: ATSI, Cofemer, Subtel

Texas-based global VoIP carrier ATSI (OTCBB: ATSX) posted revenue for its second fiscal quarter, ending January 31, of US$3.9mn, the company said in a statement.

Gross profit for the quarter was US$326,000, a 31% increase compared to the previous three months.

In the quarter the company continued to invest resources in its cloud telephony product line. The contribution from cloud telephony products and services increased from 9% of overall gross profits in the quarter ended October 31, 2010 to 15% in the quarter ended January 31 this year.

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ATSI operates mainly through Digerati Networks, a global VoIP carrier that provides services in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. The last of these regions has traditionally represented over 40% of total revenues.

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Mexico's anti-trust commission Cofemer has given telecoms regulator Cofetel the green light to publish its guidelines on the structure of fixed-mobile interconnection costs that will apply starting 2012, Cofetel said in a statement.

Cofemer said that Cofetel's proposed cost model would provide a more sturdy regulatory framework that would encourage more competition and more competitive calling rates.

Interconnection rates have been a matter of controversy in recent weeks. Dominant mobile operator Telcel has put the mobile telecoms industry in check by proposing interconnection rates of 0.95 pesos (US$0.078) per minute, 127% higher than Cofetel's proposed rates of 0.42 pesos per minute.

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Chile's telecoms regulator Subtel published in the official gazette regulation on the 2010 network neutrality law.

The regulation incorporated certain observations made by consumer groups regarding concerns that operators would have the ability to block or prioritize content.

ISPs now have 120 days to apply measures established under the law which prohibit the providers from blocking applications such as VoIP services and oblige them to offer more transparent contracts that promise a minimum level of quality of service.