ICT: The week in 10 stories

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Argentina's telecoms regulator Enacom has granted pay TV licenses to Claro and Telefónica as part of a new convergent scenario.

Amazon Web Services has downplayed a report that the internet giant is deciding between Chile and Argentina for a new datacenter in Latin America.

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BRAZIL

The government is against revising the network neutrality rule and will oppose any movement made by the telecom industry to relax it.

The Brazilian telecom market is expected to expand 20.4% between 2016 and 2022, reaching US$45.7bn in annual revenues at the end of the period.

MEXICO

Most Mexican mobile phones are not suited to support 700MHz, which is being used to deploy the Red Compartida wholesale network, and a recently issued rule that obliges suppliers to enable the band in mobile devices could have a negative impact on the low-end phone market, according to consultancy the Competitive Intelligence Unit (CIU).

CHILE

Ipsum, a Chilean collaborative virtual platform designed to improve coordination and planning on construction sites, closed a US$1mn funding round with which it plans to expand throughout Latin America.

PARAGUAY

After a successful tender for blocks in the 700MHz band, Paraguay has awarded a total of 350MHz of spectrum. However, the country remains below the spectrum allocation levels recommended by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

PERU

Peru saw a record 3.33mn people switching to a different mobile operator last year using the number portability system, according to telecoms regulator Osiptel.

PUERTO RICO

US computer tech company Oracle's internet intelligence team has been monitoring internet activity in Puerto Rico. The team's director of analysis Doug Madory spoke to BNamericas about what Oracle observed regarding internet traffic in the island following the passing of Hurricane Maria and how the data revealed infrastructure failures.

PANAMA

Finally, Panama could partially switch off its analog TV signal in three of the country's most highly populated regions.

Daily Panamá América cites the head of public services authority ASEP, Edwin Castillo, as saying that the public consultation process is over and that the switch-off date for the provinces of Panamá, Panamá Oeste and Colón has been set for October 18.