June 26, 2008
Unicast Mobile TV Services Revenues Will Surpass US$ 1.8
The roll out of 3G+ networks in the region will drive an increase in the
offering of Mobile TV services in Latin America. Unicast Mobile TV will
represent 2.7% of total mobile invoicing in the region.
Buenos Aires, Argentina - June 24, 2008.- Signals Telecom
Consulting, the leading Latin American and Caribbean
Telecommunications Market consulting firm is proud to present its
"Analysis of the Value Added Services Market: Mobile TV in Latin
America" Report. This study analyzes the Mobile TV services positioning
strategies of 21 operators in the most important telecommunications
markets in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico,
Peru and Venezuela.
See the PDF for more: Press Mobile TV PDF
June 24, 2008
Cornelius B. Prior, Jr., Chairman of Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. Elected Chairman of Caribbean-Central American Action
Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATNI) announced today that Cornelius B. Prior, Jr., the Chairman of the Board of Directors, has been elected Chairman of Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) at its spring Board Meeting and Washington Briefing. CCAA is a non-governmental organization that promotes private sector-led economic development in the Caribbean Basin. Mr. Prior, a resident of the US Virgin Islands, is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Atlantic Tele-Network, a telecommunications holding company with subsidiaries in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the United States.
"I am delighted to assume the leadership of CCAA. This organization has done so much to promote trade and investment throughout the Caribbean and Central America. I look forward to furthering CCAA's goal of improving the economic well being of the people of the Caribbean Basin through the CCAA's "Transformation Agenda," Mr. Prior said. The CCAA's Transformation Agenda includes raising business, legal, labor and environmental standards across the region. Mr. Prior added, "CCAA's efforts to facilitate public policy change are critical to the development of region-wide uniform, and uniformly applied, commercial, legal, regulatory and supervisory structures that facilitate best business practices, quality education and the transparent application of the law."
Mr. Prior was a managing director and stockholder of Kidder, Peabody & Co. Inc., where he directed the Telecommunications Finance Group. A former Naval Officer and Fulbright Scholar, he started his career as an attorney with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. He has served as Chairman of CANTO, the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations and earned his legal degree from The Harvard Law School. Mr. Prior had served on the CCAA Executive Committee since 2004 as Treasurer.
Atlantic Tele-Network principal subsidiaries include Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company, Ltd., the national telephone service provider for Guyana; Commnet Wireless, LLC which provides voice and data wireless roaming services for U.S. and international carriers; Bermuda Digital Communications Ltd., which, under the Cellular One name, is the largest provider of cellular voice and data services in Bermuda; Sovernet Communications, Inc., a wireline voice and data company servicing homes across Vermont; and, Choice Communications, LLC, which provides wireless television and wireless broadband services, as well as dial-up internet services in the United States Virgin Islands.
Caribbean Central American Action is a non-governmental organization that promotes private sector-led economic development in the Caribbean Basin. More information on the organization and the Annual Miami Conference can be found by visiting CCAA's website at www.c-caa.org.
Cable and Wireless introduces prepaid BlackBerry plan
From the Jamaica Gleaner:
"Cable and Wireless (C&W) Jamaica will on Monday introduce prepaid BlackBerry voice and date service on two plans - unlimited email for $999 per month and unlimited email and Internet for $1,899 per month."
June 12, 2008
Digicel Gears Up for 2008 Hurricane Season
KINGSTON, JAMAICA -- 06/09/08 -- Digicel, the fastest-growing telecommunications company in the Caribbean and new entrant to the Central American market, today announced that it has enhanced its 2008 hurricane preparedness program to ensure customers and employees are equipped to weather this year's hurricane season, which officially began in June and typically lasts through November 30 with August and September being peak months across the Caribbean.
"Digicel's primary concern is the safety and welfare of our customers and employees. Each year we make significant investments in our wireless networks to ensure that we are doing everything possible to help our customers fully prepare for expected hurricanes," said Kevin White, COO of Digicel Group.
According to weather forecasters from Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project, 2008 is expected to be a "very active" Atlantic hurricane season with 15 named storms and eight hurricanes -- four of which will be major hurricanes, clocking in at Category 3 or stronger.
Today, nearly all Digicel cell sites have on-site back up generators that are routinely tested to ensure they are ready in the event the local electrical power source is comprimised. In addition, Digicel maintains a fleet of mobile generators and "Cells on Wheels" (COWs) -- which are self powered call transmitters -- that can be rolled into hard-hit locations to provide additional service. Throughout the year, Digicel's technical team continuously checks the network's performance and durability.
In November 2007, Digicel Haiti donated US$100,000 in food and household supplies to aid displaced Haitians affected by Tropical Storm Noel -- one of the most devastating storms to ever hit the country. Digicel employees and the Digicel Haiti Foundation also provided support and call credit to the Haitian relief agency, FONDHACOT, to help agents maintain constant communication while working in communities most affected by the storm.
Digicel also continues its partnership with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) and provides free handsets and airtime to emergency response teams. In conjunction with CDERA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the company has developed a WAP page through Digicel Live, a web portal that can be accessed though GPRS enabled phones and provides continuous updates and maps on weather systems.
In all hurricane-affected markets, Digicel provides a text alert service that allows customers to text short codes and receive important updates on current weather systems. The company has launched a comprehensive, public awareness campaign that provides general hurricane information and practical tips educating people on what to do, before, during and after a hurricane. In the Cayman Islands, Digicel provides complimentary hurricane tracking maps at all store locations.
"We advise our customers to take precautionary steps to protect their lives, families and properties. We also encourage them to charge their phones to ensure their maintaining all lines of communication, save emergency contact numbers, keep a spare battery and a car charger on hand and in the case of prepaid customers, ensure they have credit on their mobile phones," added Kevin White.
ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP
Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become the largest wireless telecommunications operator in the Caribbean with more than six million customers. After seven years, Digicel is renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services, and state-of-the-art handsets. By offering innovative wireless services and community support, Digicel has become a leading brand in the Caribbean and has placed the region at the cutting-edge of wireless communications.
Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and has operations in 23 markets, including Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, Curaçao, The Cayman Islands, Dominica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos. With new launches planned for the British Virgin Island (BVI), Honduras and Panama, Digicel expects to be in 26 markets in the next 12 months. The Caribbean company also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barths.
Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean sports teams including the West Indies Cricket Team, Special Olympics teams and is title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Football Union Cup and the Copa De Naciones, the Caribbean and Central American qualifiers to the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
For more information on Digicel, please visit www.digicelgroup.com.
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WINDWARD TELECOM LAUNCHES COMPETITIVE LONG DISTANCE
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD: Windward Telecom Ltd. has successfully launched its international telecommunications network in Trinidad and Tobago. The Company has been moving switched traffic through its Miami and Port of Spain switches on a commercial basis for the past week. "Expatriates and foreigners calling into Trinidad will be the initial beneficiaries of Windward's wholesale services," said Douglas Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer of Windward Telecom. "Our international carrier partners will be able to provide material price reductions, improved call quality and enhanced call completion rates to their customers in over 230 countries."
"The absence of carrier pre-selection, often referred to as long distance equal access, precludes Trinidadians from directly benefiting from Windward's presence at this juncture," said Cunningham. However, Windward Telecom and other competitive carriers have been notified by the regulator that the Equal Access issue will be addressed in the third quarter of this year. Windward Telecom will participate next week in the International Telecom Week conference in Washington, D.C. which will be attended by more than 700 international carriers, many of whom seek a choice of terminating carriers in the Eastern Caribbean. Windward Telecom also intends to file for additional licences throughout the Windward Islands in the months ahead to expand its regional hub from its premises in Port of Spain and Miami thereby reducing the cost of intra-Caribbean calls.
The company also provides international leased private circuits to a number of other carriers and Internet service providers. Windward Telecom is also currently in various stages of negotiations with major oil and gas companies, several government agencies and a number of domestic and international carriers to construct two self-healing fibre optic rings which would link upwards of 30 drilling rigs and production platforms to cable landing stations situated at Chaguaramas, Crown Point, Tobago and Galeota Point. Concurrently, Windward Chairman, James Meenan has announced the appointment of Robert Stauble, commercial director of Offshore Technology Solutions Limited to Windward's Board of Directors. "Robert's quarter century of experience in Trinidad's offshore marine industry will, in particular, assist Windward in the development of the TOFFE project."
Windward Telecom anticipates making further announcements about the timing of Trinidad Offshore Fibre Electronics (TOFFE) project by the end of June. Windward Telecom Ltd. is controlled by Network Research Inc., an international telecommunications consultancy and is 10% owned by C.A. Bancorp Inc., a publicly- traded (TSX:BKP) Canadian Merchant bank and alternative asset manager that provides investors with access to a range of private equity and other alternative asset class investment. C.A Bancorp is focused on investment in small and middle-sized public and private companies, with the emphasis on the industrial, infrastructure, real estate and financial service sectors. Assets invested and under management now exceed $322 million. -30- More Information: For more information about Windward Telecom, contact Douglas Cunningham at 905 842-6766 or by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about C.A. Bancorp. Inc., contact Mark MacDonald at 416 214- 5985 ext. 518 or by Email at: email@example.com.
Broadband Offer from CATV Operators Threatens Incumbent's DSL Stronghold in the Caribbean; High Tariffs Deter Mass Market Adoption of Wireless Broadband Technologies
Competitive pressure from companies like Flow Jamaica will force Cable & Wireless and other incumbents to be more aggressive in their broadband strategy by lowering tariffs while increasing the speed of their DSL offer. The continuous launch of UMTS/HSPA services throughout the region represents an imminent threat to wireless broadband providers such as WOW in Trinidad & Tobago or Wireless Curacao.
Buenos Aires - May 19, 2008 - Signals Telecom Consulting, the leading Latin American & Caribbean telecommunications markets consulting firm proudly unveils the 3rd Edition of its "Analysis of Broadband Rates in the Caribbean" market study. This report is part of a series of investigations on the South American, Central American & Caribbean region. The Caribbean study analyzes the price strategies of 52 broadband operators in 19 Caribbean markets and Bermuda.
The study results show that incumbent telecom players are reacting to the lower rates offered by CATV operators. Whereas during the 2Q07 cable modem accesses were in average 14% less expensive than DSL, during the 1Q08 the gap was decreased to about 5%. "Not all CATV operators are behaving like Flow in Jamaica or Trinidad & Tobago. For example, Marpin's cable modem offer in Dominica is not competitive against Cable & Wireless DSL provision in that market," stated Luciana Logioco, Junior Analyst at Signals Telecom Consulting and main author of the report.
"Albeit slow in coming to place, the launch of UMTS/HSPA throughout the Caribbean will negatively impact the revenues of wireless broadband operators. that in many instances will have to face a completely new broadband provider in their market. What we now have in the Caribbean is a slow evolution from price-centric competition towards differentiation through service packaging and the provision of value added services," concluded Jose F. Otero, President of Signals Telecom Consulting and co-authors of the report.
June 3, 2008
Latin America's DTH Market to Surpass US$ 4.6 Billion by 2013; Telefonica and Telmex to Represent 27% of Revenues
The bundling strategies put in place by telecommunications operators will increase DTH's share of the Latin American PayTV market from 22% in 2007 to 33% by 2013. 46.54% of subscribers will be part of some type of multi-service package.
Buenos Aires - May 22, 2008. Signals Telecom Consulting, the leading Latin American & Caribbean Telecommunications market consulting firm is proud to present the second edition of its "The DTH Market as a Packages Strategy in Latin America" report. This market analysis study is part of a series on PayTV services with future reports focused on CATV and IPTV. The report analyzes the positioning strategies, threats and opportunities faced by DTH providers in Latin America.
The report highlights the fact there is no single model for marketing DTH services. For example the largest PayTV operator in Latin America, DirecTV, has achieved a solid market by positioning itself as a technology innovator and by offering exclusive content. As of the 1Q08, Telefonica is the only telecommunications operator having its own DTH platform offering services on multiple markets. "It's just a matter of time before Telmex implements a similar strategy in countries like Mexico and Brazil where it controls the incumbent operator. Whereas in markets such as Colombia, Chile and Peru where Telmex is a small market player the possibilities for bundling DTH are mostly reduced to certain market niches. Thus Telmex has to focus on the market of DTH as a means of complementing its CATV coverage," says Carlos Blanco, author of the report and Markets Research Director for Signals Telecom Consulting.
"The launch of DTH by telecommunications operators like Telefonica, Telmex and Oi (Brazil) is a response to the need of having a massive Pay TV strategy that allows them to rapidly increase their subscriber base. Afterwards, these operators will start migrating their high income clients towards IPTV and/or HFC networks in order to potentially increase the number of services hired by them," Blanco concluded.