September 30, 2008

Pay TV Services to Reach 34% of Latin American Households by 2013

Pay TV Services to Reach 34% of Latin American Households by 2013; Brazil, Peru & Venezuela to Reflect Strongest Growth

By 2013, Signals estimates that there will be around 42 million broadband subscribers in Latin America. This represents a CAGR of 9.7% over the next five years. CATV operators will have a 49% Pay TV market share in 2013.

Buenos Aires, Argentina - July 17, 2008 - Signals Telecom Consulting, the leading Latin American and Caribbean Telecommunication markets consulting and research firm is proud to announce the publication of the second edition of its "CATV Business Models in Latin America: Operator Profiles" report. In this study, Signals takes an in-depth look at the CATV type Pay TV services offerings of 11 operators in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

This report highlights that the largest CATV operators in the region: VTR in Chile, Cablevision Mexico and Telmex Colombia continue to update and expand their networks, increasing their bi-directional capacity in order to sustain other services like broadband and telephony. "The competition for multiple services is closely related to the competition for broadband accesses. As a result of triple services offerings, the seven largest Latin American markets are beginning to see strong growth in the total number of customers. The broadband access base is generally taken as the potential growth ceiling for multiple services. The truth is that the quantity of packaged services subscribers could rise above this figure because packages that include Pay TV will not always include broadband," points out Carlos Blanco, Market Research Director for Signals Telecom Consulting and report author.

The projections included in this report show that, by 2013, the regional penetration rate for Pay TV services will be low, with just 34% of households making use of this type of services. "One should consider the fact that this index is held down by very low service penetration levels in Brazil. But, beyond Brazil, Peru is also seen as falling below the average regional penetrate rate. All the remaining countries are expected to be well above the average Pay TV penetration level. One important piece of information to keep in mind is that as from 2012, Venezuela is seen as having the highest penetrate rate in the region, replacing historical frontrunner Argentina," concludes Blanco.

About Signals Telecom Consulting

Signals Telecom Consulting, with offices in Buenos Aires Argentina and an on-site presence in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is the leading Latin American and Caribbean Telecommunication Markets Consulting and Research firm. Signals offers dedicated consulting and research services that aide operators, manufacturers, applications developers and investments banks during the strategic decision making process.

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September 26, 2008

PSC OKs Federal Funding for Vitelco, Centennial

New from the U.S. Virgin Islands:

Sept. 25, 2008 -- A unanimous thumbs-up from Public Services Commission members Thursday evening cleared the path for both Centennial Communications and the V.I. Telephone Co. (Vitelco) to keep using federal Universal Service Funds (USF) to augment and build their bases in the territory.

More here from the St. Thomas Source.

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September 24, 2008

Atlantic Tele-Network Board Increases Dividend 12.5%

Atlantic Tele-Network keeps rolling along - the stock has hardly suffered, even in this market. Today they announced another increase in their dividend:

SALEM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATNI - News) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.18 per share, payable on October 14, 2008, on all common shares outstanding to stockholders of record as of October 2, 2008. This represents an increase of two cents, or 12.5%, in the dividend paid from the previous quarter. If maintained, this equates to an annual increase of eight cents, from $0.64 per share to $0.72 per share.

Michael T. Prior, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, said, "We are very pleased to have reached this milestone of our tenth consecutive annual increase in our dividend. Our entire team is proud of our track record of delivering both current income and capital appreciation to our shareholders."

About Atlantic Tele-Network
Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATNI - News) is a telecommunications company headquartered in Salem, Massachusetts. Its principal subsidiaries include: Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company, Limited, which is the national telephone service provider for all local, long-distance and international service, as well as a wireless service provider, in Guyana; Commnet Wireless, LLC, which provides voice and data wireless roaming services for U.S. and international carriers in rural areas throughout the United States; Bermuda Digital Communications Ltd., which, under the Cellular One name, is the leading provider of wireless voice and data services in Bermuda; Sovernet, Inc., which provides wireline voice and data services to businesses and homes in New England; and Choice Communications, LLC, which provides wireless television and wireless broadband services in the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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September 16, 2008

Mobile Value Added Services (VAS) Revenues in Brazil will Surpass the US$ 9.3 Billion Mark by 2013; 3G Connections Will Represent Around 35% of Active Lines

Thanks to The IMT-2000 spectrum auction, operators are making robust investments in 3G infrastructure deployment and focusing their efforts on the development and marketing of SVA's that will allow them to diversify revenue sources. The Brazilian mobile telephony market will exhibit a CAGR of 8.5% over the next five years, meaning a total of 214 million mobile users by the close of 2013.

Buenos Aires, Argentina - September 15, 2008 - Signals Telecom Consulting the leading Latin American and Caribbean telecommunication markets consulting and research firm is proud to announce the publication of its "Mobile Market Analysis: Brazil" report. This study is part of the "Mobile Telephony Services in Latin America and the Caribbean" research series. In this report, Signals analyzes the mobile services market in Brazil, with a focus on the VAS offerings of local mobile operators.

This analysis highlights the fact that the slowdown in subscriber growth, the need to achieve positive returns on investment and the high mobile teledensity rates, which surpasses the 100% mark in cities like Brasilia and Salvador (Bahia), will trigger increasingly aggressive efforts by mobile operators to market Ring Tones / Music, Adult Content, Mobile TV and wireless broadband access. "The expansion of UMTS/HSPA coverage and the presence of variety of 3G networks in the most important urban areas of the country will force Brazilian mobile operators to evolve their current data strategy. The pr esent focus on torpedos (SMS) will give way to efforts to strengthen multimedia type VAS and wireless broadband access," comments Jose F. Otero, President of Signals Telecom Consulting and report co-author.

The study points out that prior to the December 2007 IMT-2000 spectrum bidding, 3G deployments in Brazil were limited to the VIVO CDMA2000 EV-DO offering and the limited in-band UMTS/HSPA deployments by Claro. "The increasing number of 3G networks in this marketplace will trigger a more diversified offering. This will allow operators to present their related service offerings as somehow being an alternative that is different from the rest. Operators will be able to achieve this via exclusive content, the marketing of state-of-the-art handsets (such as the iPhone) and the launching of Fixed-Mobile convergent services" adds Otero.

Finally, the study highlights the fact that the strategy of increasing revenues via the acquisition of new clients is becoming an ever more difficult issue for mobile operators. "The aeiou (Unicel) experience in Sao Paulo shows that the entrance of new players into the marketplace faces numerous entry barriers. On the other hand, plans that include MVNO type operations could help to reduce market entrance costs for companies like Virgin Mobile and Vodafone. In the short term, the only operator seen as being interested in acquiring addition spectrum is Nextel Brasil allowing the operator to have a viable technology migration plan for its iDEN platform," conc ludes Otero.

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September 15, 2008

Dragonwave Signs Agreement With Brightstar Corp To Distribute Horizon And Airpair Products In Caribbean And Latin American Markets

September 9, 2008 - Ottawa, Canada - DragonWave Inc. ("DragonWave") (TSX/AIM: DWI), a leading global supplier of next-generation wireless networks, today announced they have signed an agreement with Brightstar Corporation, a global leader in customized distribution and integrated supply chain solutions for the wireless industry. Through the agreement, Brightstar will distribute DragonWave's Horizon and AirPair high-capacity wireless Ethernet backhaul solutions of point-to-point microwave radios in the Caribbean and Latin American markets.

Brightstar operates in 50 countries on six continents, and was chosen due to its extensive geographic footprint throughout the Latin American and Caribbean region. Other factors in the company's selection included Brightstar's significant operator customer base, depth of local knowledge, and dedicated sales team focused on selling complex solutions that network operators require.

DragonWave's Horizon and AirPair product portfolios are designed to meet the network requirements of pseudowire and Ethernet backhaul for broadband wireless access equipment such as LTE, WiMAX, 3G and 4G cellular networks. DragonWave's products are point-to-point Ethernet radios providing scalable, ultra-low latency, native Ethernet connectivity up to 1.6 Gbps full duplex in 6 to 38 GHz frequencies supporting ring and mesh architectures for carrier grade delivery of next generation IP services. DragonWave's solution offers unprecedented scale, improved economics and simplified operations.

"Brightstar is pleased to add DragonWave to our network infrastructure portfolio. Our new relationship will allow us to offer next generation IP based integrated fixed broadband wireless network solutions throughout the Caribbean and Latin America," said John Bonadurer, general manager of Network Infrastructure for Brightstar. "Our partnership will enhance both companies` positions within these markets."

"We are delighted to be working with Brightstar.'' said Peter Allen, DragonWave's President and CEO. "This will allow DragonWave to expand its market presence into this exciting growth region."

About Brightstar Corp.

Brightstar Corp. is a global leader in customized distribution and integrated supply chain solutions for the wireless industry. With global headquarters in Miami, FL, Brightstar operates sales, distribution and manufacturing facilities in 50 countries on six continents, giving it the largest global reach for its customers. Recently, Brightstar was named a Global Growth Company by the World Economic Forum, an exclusive list of 142 companies recognized for being visionary and fast growing businesses that have exceptional executive leadership and redefining their respective industries. The company provides solutions to more than 30,000, network operators, MVNOs, retailers, resellers, and independent agents around the world, and also represents the world's leading wireless manufacturers. The company exceeded $4.8 billion in gross revenues in 2007. For more information, visit www.brightstarcorp.com.

About DragonWave

DragonWave(TM) is a leading provider of high-capacity wireless Ethernet equipment used in emerging IP networks. DragonWave designs, develops, and markets carrier-grade microwave radio frequency networking equipment that wirelessly transmit broadband voice, video and other data. DragonWave's wireless Ethernet products, which are based on a native Ethernet platform, function as a wireless extension to an existing fibre-optic core telecommunications network. The principal application for DragonWave's products is the backhaul function in a wireless communications network. Additional applications for DragonWave's products include point-to-point transport in private networks, including municipal and enterprise networks. DragonWave's corporate headquarters is located in Ottawa, Ontario, with sales locations in Europe, Middle East and North America. The company's Web site is http://www.dragonwaveinc.com

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September 11, 2008

Cable & Wireless Caribbean to the Rescue

Establishes fund to assist hurricane/storm victims across the region

Employees also contributing

Cable & Wireless Caribbean announced today that it would be supporting the region to the tune of more than US$500,000 in cash and services to assist victims of the recent hurricanes and tropical storms that affected the region.

The company is immediately establishing a relief fund of US$250,000 in cash to assist with aspects of restoration in the Caribbean territories that have been affected by Tropical Storm Gustav and Hurricanes Ike and Hanna. In addition, the company is providing free calling minutes and other assistance to many of its customers.

In Jamaica, before, during and immediately after the passage of Tropic Storm Gustav, mobile customers were given between 25 to 50 percent additional calling time, each time they topped up.

In Turks and Caicos the cost of all mobile calls are significantly reduced until 12am September 14 and the company is providing special outlets for customers to re-charge and top up their phones.

In addition, where needed, Cable & Wireless has been actively relaying vital information to all customers and the general public via text messages, voicemail blasts and paid radio announcements.

The company will also set up avenues through which its employees across the group, who have been seeking ways to assist, can contribute to the relief effort. The collection drive among employees will include cash, foodstuff, and personal care items.

In announcing the establishment of the fund, Richard Dodd, CEO of Cable & Wireless Caribbean said: "Cable & Wireless has been part of the Caribbean and its people for more than 100 years, with more than 98 percent of our employees being Caribbean nationals. So for us, any disaster in the region becomes personal.

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Adult Mobile Content will Surpass the US$ 1.12 Billion Mark in Revenues in Latin America by 2013; Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela Have the Best Images and Video Offering

With the exception of Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela, in-house censorship imposed by the operators themselves is what is holding back growth of this service. Getting past these barriers, something which is expected to happen by 2010, will allow the adult segment to reach an annual growth rate (CAGR) of 49.52% for the 2006 - 2013 period.

Buenos Aires, Argentina - September 4, 2008 - Signals Telecom Consulting, the leading Latin American and Caribbean telecommunications market research and consulting firm, is proud to announce the publication of its "Analysis of the Value Added Services Market: Adult Mobile Content study. This report is part of the "Mobile Values Added Services in Latin America and the Caribbean" research series. This study analyzes the of fering of five content developers, 17 integrators and 21 operators in the seven largest telecommunications markets in the region: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

This study highlights the fact that the mobile adult content market in Latin America is focused on "Soft" products, with little use of nudes and explicit sex. This is due to the high censorship barriers imposed by mobile operators themselves in the face of fears that this type of content could cause unwanted legal hassles.

"Brazil is the most advanced market with regard to adult mobile content. Its mobile market has a large offering by both operators and integrators, backed by a robust local adult industry. Although Colombia and Venezuela do not have such a strong local adult industry, they do offer a wide ranging offering of image downloads that include complete nudity," explains Elias Vicente, Signals Telecom Consulting analyst and report author.

Finally, this report points out that due to existing product censorship barriers, the adult mobile content segment will experience moderate growth through 2009. It will begin to show much more significant growth levels as from 2010. "The appearance of amateur explicit sex applications that include footage shot using the web cameras of the novices themselves will be of great importance. This will force the industry to react by developing effective parental control models in order to avoid legal problems as well as "impose" products produced by companies dedicated to the production of adult content," concludes Vicente.

About Signals Telecom Consulting

Signals Telecom Consulting, with offices in Buenos Aires, Argentina and an on-site presence in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is the leading Latin American and Caribbean telecommunications markets consulting and research. Signals offers dedicated consulting and market research services that aide operators, manufacturers, applications developers and investments during the decision making process.

With the exception of Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela, in-house censorship imposed by the operators themselves is what is holding back growth of this service. Getting past these barriers, something which is expected to happen by 2010, will allow the adult segment to reach an annual growth rate (CAGR) of 49.52% for the 2006 - 2013 period.

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Latin America's Pay TV Will Surpass US$ 20.9 Billion in Revenues by 2013; CATV Services Market Share Will Fall From 81% in 2005 to 49% in 2013

The Latin American Pay TV market will have around 47.1 million subscribers by 2013. This figure represents a CAGR of approximately 10.9% for the 2008-2013 period. Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico will have 82% of Pay TV subscribers via CATV.

Buenos Aires, Argentina - July 17, 2008 - Signals Telecom Consulting, the leading Latin American and Caribbean telecommunication markets consulting and research firm is proud to announce the publications of its "CATV Business Models in Latin America: Operator Profiles" report. In this study, Signals takes a look at the CATV type Pay TV service offerings of 11 operators in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

This report highlights the fact that robust competition in the telecommunications market via multi-service packages will trigger an upswing in growth rates for pay TV services. This will be made possible by a reduction in entry barriers for segments that either do not currently making use of this type of service, or do so via clandestine connections.

"As a whole, the seven largest Latin American markets will have a household pay TV penetration rate of around 34.4% by 2013. This is almost double the 2007 figure. The drivers of this growth are the favorable economic environment being felt throughout the region and an increased competitive dynamic that has allowed for bringing lower income segments into this market," points out Carlos Blanco, report author.

"Local incumbent telecommunications operators enjoy sizeable scales and can position themselves as important players in the pay TV market," adds Blanco.

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