November 10, 2008

AT&T to buy Centennial for $944 million

Missed this bit of news from Friday:

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- AT&T Inc. said late Friday it plans to buy regional wireless provider Centennial Communications Corp. for $944 million in cash, in a bid to expand its coverage.

The move comes days after the Federal Communications Commission approved the merger of AT&T rival Verizon Wireless and closely-held Alltel Corp., which promises to propel Verizon past AT&T as the number one U.S. wireless carrier in terms of subscribers.

AT&T said in a prepared statement that acquiring Centennial will improve "coverage for customers in largely rural areas of the Midwest and Southeast United States," as well as in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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November 9, 2008

7th Annual Caricam Conference

The 7th Annual Caricam Conference is November 17th to 19th in Cancun!

More info here: 7th Annual Caricam Conference

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November 6, 2008

Caribbean Broadband Forum

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) will be organising the inaugural Caribbean Broadband Forum in November (19th & 20th) and will bring together ministers, regulators, carriers, donor agencies, technology suppliers, application developers and content providers to discuss policy, strategy, roadmap, technology, business models and content to enable universal broadband services throughout the Caribbean islands and harness opportunity for profit for the ICT industry, local economy and for achieving Millennium Development Goals.

Venue: Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Who should attend?

Public sector: Policy Makers, Regulators, Universal Service/Access Fund Agencies.

Carriers: Fibre, submarine and satellite network operators

Telco Operators: Fixed and mobile network operators, ISPs, mobile internet and web SPs

Manufacturers: network infrastructure equipment suppliers,

Content Developers: Application service providers and software and application developers.

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November 3, 2008

Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela the Most Important Adult Mobile Content Markets in Latin America

Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela the Most Important Adult Mobile Content Markets in Latin America; America Movil the Leading Regional Operator Highlighting Adult Content on its "Ideas" Portal

Mobile adult content services revenues should surpass the US$ 1.12 billion mark by 2013, showing a Compound Annual Growth Rate, or CAGR, of 49.52% for the 2006-2013 period. Brazil and Peru are regional leaders in the "gay" adult content offering area.

Buenos Aires, Argentina - October 29, 2008 - Signals Telecom Consulting, the leading Latin American and Caribbean telecommunication markets consulting and research firm, announces the publication of its "Analysis of the Value Added Services Market: Mobile Adult Content" report. This study is part of the "Mobile Value Added Services in Latin America and the Caribbean" research series. This report analyzes the offering made by five content developers, 17 integrators and 21 operators working in the seven largest telecommunications marketplaces in the region: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

This study highlights the fact that adult content property rights for images of well known models and actresses will differentiate this industry. "Playboy Movil is a good example of an adult content supplier that is able to set itself apart by holding the property rights to the images of numerous models and actresses. This has allowed Playboy to launch an adult content promotion campaign, starring Luciana Salazar, with nudes in Latin America. Salazar played a leading role in the "Luly in Love" Playboy TV series. The objective of this new publicity effort is to promote the value added services, oriented to adults that are being offered by the Playboy mobile division," poi nts out Elias Vicente, Signals Telecom Analyst the report author.

"Although there are a large number of enterprises that specialize in the development of adult content - for example: Revista Sexy, G Magazine, Planet Sex, etc. - Brazilian value added services lack an explicit sex offering. The efforts of Playboy, SexyClube and Dream Cam Clube have changed the images offering made available by Brazilian operators. This has modified the adult content service value chain structure and marginalized traditional integrators like Toing and Lingaki." concludes Vicente.

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November 2, 2008

Latin America's PayTV Services to Reach 47.1 Million Subscribers by 2013

Latin America's PayTV Services to Reach 47.1 Million Subscribers by 2013: Revenues to Surpass US$ 20.9 Billion

Incumbent telecom operators approach to PayTV services will be heterogeneous as it will rely on multiple technological platforms: IPTV, DTH, CATV and MMDS. By 2013, Latin America's seven largest telecommunications markets will exhibit a PayTV household penetration of 34%.

Buenos Aires, Argentina - October 21, 2008 - Signals Telecom Consulting, the leading Latin American and Caribbean Basin telecommunications market consulting firm, is proud to announce the availability of the most comprehensive research and analysis of Latin America's PayTV market. Comprised of three market analysis studies: "IPTV Strategies", "The DTH Market as a Packages Strategy in Latin America", and "CATV Business Models in Latin America"; this series analyze the PayTV offer of more than 35 operators from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Co lombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

"Through our three studies we provide a comprehensive analysis of the competitive and regulatory dynamics of Latin America's PayTV marketplace. We not only provide profiles for more than 35 operators offering PayTV services through different platforms (IPTV, DTH, MMDS and CATV) but also provide insight on the return on investment for the new technological deployments and the basis for multi-platform business models," affirmed Carlos Blanco, Market Research Director at Signals Consulting and author of the series.

Some of the findings from Signals Telecom Consulting's Pay TV series are:

Incumbent operators will use a multi-platform type pay TV market approach strategy. This means, they will get involved in this business area via the deployment of more than one type of platform simultaneously (IPTV, DTH or CATV/MMDS). Signals estimates that IPTV will begin to gain significant strength as from 2009 and it will such enjoy solid growth potential, that by 2013, 19% of the total number of pay TV subscribers in the seven largest markets in Latin America will do so via IPTV. By 2013, Telmex and Telefonica will represent 58% of the region's IPTV connections.

The largest CATV operators in the region: VTR in Chile, Cablevision Mexico and Telmex Colombia will continue to update and expand their networks, increasing their bi-directional capacity in order to sustain other services like broadband and fixed telephony.

One of the main drivers for DTH growth will be multiple service package bundles offered by telecommunications operators, whether this be done directly via own platforms (Telefonica, and, very soon, Telmex) or by way of joint commercial

efforts, such as those offered by the DirecTV group in conjunction with different operators.

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 3Q08, Telefonica is the main 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.

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