ICT: The week in 10 stories

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Friday, November 30, 2018

ARGENTINA

Overall 76 internet service providers (ISPs) have expressed interest to provide mobile telephony and broadband services in the 450MHz frequency to thousands of rural localities in the country.

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BRAZIL

Yet another initiative to finance innovation in the country will be rolled out by the science, technology, innovations and communications ministry.

CARIBBEAN

Financially troubled Irish-owned telecommunications group Digicel has extended for a fifth time the deadline for bondholders to accept an offer to swap US$3bn in debt for new securities with later maturity dates.

CHILE/REGIONAL

Entel has denied that it is interested in acquiring Telefónica's assets in Mexico and parts of South and Central America.

Operators have given mixed responses to a proposed slash in mobile termination rates, with some worried the measure is premature given the current cost model.

CUBA

Spain's Telefónica is offering to connect Cuba to its international cable network to improve connectivity.

MEXICO

The small MVNO market could grow by up to 44% in terms of lines by the end of 2019 compared to 2Q18, outpacing the recent growth trends in the local mobile sector, according to the IFT.

PERU

Transport and communications minister Edmer Trujillo told congress that his ministry will have1.25bn soles (US$368mn) to spend on telecommunications infrastructure in 2019.

The ministry has also published a public consultation regarding spectrum caps to prevent spectrum hoarding.

Telefónica del Perú has downplayed the importance of a regulatory decision to not renew two of its licenses for fixed line and public telephony in rural areas and national and international long distance telephony.