December 14, 2008
Commercial launch of Digicel in Honduras and Panama Encourages Technical Innovation in Competitors
WiMAX to Enable Digicel's Convergent Offer
Delays in the commercial launch of Claro Panama will benefit growth by Digicel in this market. Development of UMTS/HSPA networks and services by Tigo, Cable & Wireless and Claro in the various Central American markets will force Digicel to deploy this technology in the next 12-18 months, and to use WiMAX to sell broadband services, and eventually PayTV services.
Buenos Aires - December 4, 2008- Signals Telecom Consulting, the leading company in telecoms research and consulting covering the markets of Latin America and the Caribbean, announces the publication of a series of six reports on the mobile markets of Central America that analyze competitive dynamic and strategy, the regulatory framework, operator profiles and growth forecasts for: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.
"Digicel's promotional offers for its launch in Panama are surprising, as they are not as aggressive as those used when launching in markets such as El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago, where after three minutes the rest of the call to fixed lines and "On Net" was free, with no limit. Furthermore, analysis of the "Off Net" rates being offered by Digicel shows that there is little difference with those that exist in both markets offered by Tigo and Claro in Honduras, or by Movistar and Cable & Wireless in Panama, once these operators multiply balances by three for pre-paying customers. The biggest rate difference is with Hondutel, which continues to offer the lowest rates in Honduras, although its coverage is restricted to four cities" stated Elias Vicente, Signals Telecom Consulting analyst and principal author of the series of reports on Central America.
The entry of new mobile telephone service operators in the markets of Honduras and Panama, the future opening-up of the Costa Rican market and the interest in increasing mobile licenses in Nicaragua are transforming the competitive dynamic of the Central Ameri can telecommunications sector. Launches of UMTS/HSPA networks (Tigo, Claro, Movistar and Cable & Wireless) and the interest being shown in expanding Pay TV services (Claro and Tigo/Amnet) will force other market players to speed up the launch of new services and promotions that will help them to increase customer retention.
Around 4% of Mobile Lines in Latin America will be Ported in the 2008-2013 Period
Regulators Will Be Forced to Increase Resources to Halt Un-competitive Practices
Aggressive customer retention tactics by mobile operators will require regulatory authorities to increase their budgets to be able to combat unfair trading practices. Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico will be the markets most affected, as they account for 85% of the region's portability.
Buenos Aires - December 9, 2008 - Signals Telecom Consulting, the leading telecommunications research and consulting firm for markets in Latin America and the Caribbean, announces the publication of its report on "Mobile Number Portability in Latin America." This report analyzes the impact of MNP in various markets in Europe and the United States to determine the potential impact of MNP in Latin American markets, in terms of the number of porting customers and approximate costs.
"Together with the arrival of MNP we are also seeing increased operator aggressiveness in their efforts to retain existing customers. Actions such as compulsory contract extension and the failure to advise users of new contract clauses will force the region's regulators to increase the budget they assign to the prevention of uncompetitive market practices," indicated Carlos Blanco, Market Research Director for Signals Telecom Consulting and author of the report.
"Success of MNP in the region will be determined by cost to the user, the time it takes to port a number, and the technical solution adopted for its implementation. Even so, total numbers for mobile portability will remain low, unless it is combined with other complementary policies such as the introduction of virtual mobile operators, mandatory unblocking of subsidized terminals, control over penalty charges for early contract termination and policies for their automatic renewal," Blanco concluded.
December 8, 2008
Atlantic Tele-Network Board Declares Quarterly Dividend
SALEM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATNI - News) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.18 per share, payable on January 12, 2009, on all common shares outstanding to stockholders of record as of December 31, 2008.