ICT: The week in 10 stories

Friday, February 9, 2018


Rodrigo de Loredo, president of state-owned telco Arsat, will resign from his post following the publication on January 31 of decree 93/2018, which aims to eradicate nepotism in the government. The decree prohibits appointments in the public sector of direct relatives of government ministers.

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Meanwhile, sales of notebooks in Argentina rose 55% in 2017, driven higher by the elimination of a 35% import duty on PCs, laptops and tablets in April.


Costa Rica's comptroller general approved the contracts signed by the executive branch with telcos Claro (América Móvil) and Telefónica for the use of spectrum in the 1800MHz and 1.9-2.1GHz bands.

The operators have 15 working days to complete their concession payments, which total a combined US$43mn to be managed by telecoms fund Fonatel.


Netherlands-based telco Altice announced investments of 33bn pesos (US$677mn) through 2022 for its Dominican Republic operations.

The telco will invest 6.6bn pesos in infrastructure and network upgrades, which include adding 1,400 LTE 4G base stations to its fleet. The operator will also expand its triple-play service offer as a way to bridge the country's digital gap.


Colombian ICT ministry Mintic said the country's public Wi-Fi zones will continue operating for free throughout the rest of the year.


Digicel Panama has been awarded 2×10MHz blocks of 700MHz spectrum in the 738MHz-748MHz/793MHz-803MHz bands by Panama's public services regulator ASEP.


Although Mexico has some initiatives to bridge the digital gap, the country still needs schemes to promote private participation in this endeavor, América Móvil's general counsel Alejandro Cantú told BNamericas.


Luxembourg-based telecoms company Millicom bounced back to profitability in Q4, buoyed by a recovery of its Latin American operations, where there is a strong focus on investments to migrate customers from voice to data networks.


Brazilian telco Oi said it "does not recognize the legality and the effects" of a meeting held Wednesday by a group of activist shareholders in Rio de Janeiro.

During the meeting, majority shareholders Bratel/Pharol, Societé Mondiale and dozens of minority shareholders voted for opening a civil lawsuit against Oi's current CEO and CFO.


Complaints about telecom services in Peru are surpassing the authorities' ability to process them, said telecom watchdog Osiptel.