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Offering greater broadband speeds for an increasingly demanding consumer is the main challenge for Brazilian operators, according to local IT and telecoms research and development firm CPqD.
CPqD has been investing in fiber-to-the-home technology and is testing at its labs.
Networks based on Gigabit PON can offer access speeds of 40 Mbps for up to 64 users simultaneously.
And with Next Generation PON (NG-PON) architecture, which is being developed by CPqD, offering speeds of 1.25 Gbps per user will be possible.
Chilean startup UbiMovil has won the Claro mobile entrepreneurship prize with a mobile application that helps people find taxis and vice versa, according to a statement from local IT and telecoms association Acti.
UbiMovil had already won Acti's 2010 MBA Contest. The application uses georeferencing to locate the nearest taxi to pick up a passenger, thus avoiding long waits.
UbiMovil CEO Juan Carlos Solari underscored the importance of doing the MBA in helping him develop the company. The contest held by mobile operator Claro saw 200 entries, of which 74 were picked by Acti and then seven finalists selected.
Chilean mobile operators Entel and Nextel Chile have signed a national roaming agreement, through which Entel will provide Nextel with access to its network in areas where the latter does not have infrastructure.
The agreement is for both voice and data traffic, and Nextel will pay Entel per traffic used.
Nextel, which currently has limited coverage as a push-to-talk trunking operator in Chile, will establish itself as a full mobile operator later this year, along with cable operator VTR, after both won spectrum in 2009 in the 1,700/2,100 MHz bands.
Bolivian state telco Entel has inaugurated seven new cellular antennas serving the Gran Chiquitanía area of Santa Cruz department, Entel said in a statement.
Some 54 municipalities will benefit from the infrastructure. Entel CEO Roy Méndez said that the new antennas required a US$1.6mn investment and that such investments will continue.