Roundup: Global Crossing, Nextel, HP, Trace Sports

- Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Roundup: Global Crossing, Nextel, HP, Trace Sports

The Chilean unit of IP international connectivity provider Global Crossing (Nasdaq: GLBC) has signed an agreement with the IT studies unit of the local Universidad Católica (CETIUC) for cooperation in professional development of CIOs, Global Crossing said in a statement.

Global Crossing will provide support for CETIUC which runs the Club CIO that brings together the CIOs of the main industries in the country.

In turn, CETIUC will support the various activities Global Crossing carries out this year to strengthen the use of IT for innovation in productive sectors. One of those activities is the Global Crossing Forum which is carried out each year in different capital cities of Latin America and will take place in Chilean capital Santiago in May.

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Digital trunking operator Nextel Chile, a unit of NII Holdings (Nasdaq: NIHD), has inaugurated two new offices oriented at customer service in Santiago where the company is gearing up for the roll-out of a full-blown mobile service this year, the company said in a statement.

Currently the company only offers Push To Talk (PTT) services but in 2009 it won spectrum, and in January it completed construction of a 3G network.

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HP (NYSE: HPQ) has appointed Rodrigo Aguayo as its new public sector specialist for the Personal Systems Group (PSG) in Chile, the company said in a statement.

Prior to taking on the new post, Aguayo was a sales specialist for medium-sized companies in the PSG division. He also worked in the area of human resources as growth plan project manager.

Aguayo will be responsable for providing consultancy services to public institutions on implementing HP technology and designing distribution channels.

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High definition sports channel Trace Sports HD will be available in Spanish in Latin American countries by June and will target viewers between the ages of 18 and 49, the company said in a statement.

The channel is hoping it will cross the 100mn viewers mark in the next three years.

Trace, launched in 2003 with Goldman Sachs funds, is an international entertainment brand with a group of music channels. It now plans to launch an international sports documentary channel.

The company already has an audience of 60mn people for its English and French channels, Trace Urban HD and Trace Tropical HD with its presence on 26 satellites in 150 countries.

The company plans to make Trace Sports HD one of the world's top sports documentary channels. To this end, the company plans to sign distribution deals with their main cable TV operators, satellite, DSL operators and mobile TV operators in Europe, the US, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean.