BY STAFF REPORT
United States’ IP telephony company Vonage has signed a joint venture agreement with Brazil’s Datora Telecom to deliver communications services in the Latin American country.
Vonage said Brazil represents a huge opportunity for VoIP service providers because the Latin American country is investing billions of dollars to increase national broadband penetration in preparation for hosting the World Cup next year.
As of today, 17 million households in Brazil have access to broadband, and Vonage says this number will grow to 40 million by 2014.
“Brazil is one of the fastest growing markets in the world for communications services, and we are excited to partner with Datora to bring new services to Brazilian consumers,” said Kimberly O’Loughlin, Vonage’s Managing Director, International Markets.
With the telecom market in the US becoming increasingly saturated, Vonage has been expanding into international markets.
“This is the second international partnership we’ve entered into in less than …
BY STAFF REPORT
Homeland Investment Group and Grupo Promon have teamed up to launch a start-up firm that will offer telecom infrastructure outsourcing services to mobile operators in Brazil. The joint venture company is called Highline Brasil and that will invest US$ 300 million in telecom assets across the Latin American country.
To begin with, the startup will set up cell towers and then rent them out to mobile carriers on a long-term contract. Besides towers, Highline Brasil said it would also invest in telecom assets like distributed antenna systems (DAS).
Of the current 60 thousand cellular sites in Brazil, about 15% are controlled by independent operators. But that figure is going to change soon as the mobile operators in the country have been told to boost their infrastructure . Reports say there has been a rising tide of customer complaints over poor service quality, including dropped calls and patchy …