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ICT: The week in 10 stories

Bnamericas Published: Friday, June 14, 2019

COSTA RICA

Costa Rica has delayed a decision to begin charging over-the-top players value added tax of 13%, starting July 1, citing difficulties in determining the origin of where the digital services are being used for the purpose of charging the card issuer.

BRAZIL

–Shareholders of online clothing and sports retailer Netshoes voted in a meeting to approve a US$115mn offer for the company made by retailer Magazine Luiza, putting an end to a sequence of bids and counter-bids by Magazine Luiza and competitor Centauro in recent weeks.

–The latest consolidation of the Brazilian telecom industry has put market players at odds with each other.

ARGENTINA

Argentina is looking to improve the coverage of mobile networks in remote and underserved spots around the country by obliging small telecom providers operating in these regions to share their infrastructure.

CHILE

–Chile’s Cencosud, the third largest listed retail company in Latin America, is leveraging Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) public cloud to build a data lake to centralize information, reduce information bottlenecks and streamline commercial interaction amongst its various malls, department stores and supermarket chains.

–Chilean ATM network operator Redbanc told banking regulator CMF that details of 41,593 credit and debit cards had been leaked.

COLOMBIA

Colombia’s ICT minister Sylvia Constaín has confirmed that the country will award spectrum in the 700MHz and 1900MHz bands.

PERU

–Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei has filed a request with Peru’s anti-trust regulator Indecopi to register its brand and commercialize software and design services for IT and software equipment as a well as operating systems, according to Agencia Andina.

–Peru’s transport and communications ministry MTC has said it will cancel concession licenses of TV operators that are found carrying pirated content.

VENEZUELA

IBM told BNamericas it is committed to continue having a presence and operations in Venezuela, which is going through intense political turmoil, with two leaders claiming to be president, fresh US sanctions and one of the worst economic recessions on record, with an inflation rate that exceeds 10 million percent this year, and a humanitarian crisis that has led 4 million people to flee the nation since 2015.

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