Roundup: Movile, Digicel, TIM, France 24

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mobile value-added services company Movile has appointed David Merikansky as country manager for Mexico, the company said in a statement.

Merikansky has broad experience in the cellular technology industry. He was a founding partner of Chikabum, a company specialized in mobile content and mobile marketing.

Movile's services include interactive messages based on SMS, micropayments and Smartphone applications such as games, music, videos and images.

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Caribbean and Central American mobile operator Digicel's chairman and founder, Denis O'Brien, has been awarded Haiti's highest honor by President Michel Martelly for his commitment to the country over the last five years, Digicel said in a statement.

O'Brien received the National Order of Honor and Merit in a ceremony in capital Port-au-Prince last week.

Martelly underscored O'Brien's promotion of Haiti as an investment destination, his community work following the January 2010 earthquake and the impact Digicel has had on the telecommunications landscape by making mobile telephony available and affordable.


News channel France 24 has signed a distribution agreement with Brazilian mobile operator TIM (NYSE: TSU), France 24 said in a statement.

The agreement allows the French-language version of the channel to be available through the operator's new offer, TIM TV.

Available in every Brazilian state, the TIM TV offer can now provide its 300,000 subscribers with free access to France 24 throughout the country.

The new agreement reflects France 24's desire to increase its distribution in the region and its expansion across Latin America, the channel said. France 24 has been available free-to-air in South America on Intelsat 9 since 2010 and on CablePlus in Uruguay since March 2011.