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A majority of telecom operators in Brazil will launch LTE/4G services by the end of April this year and the service will be available in six major cities, according to Brazil’s Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo.
The Minister, who spoke to reporters on the sidelines of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, informed that telecom operator Claro had already rolled out the service.
Several operators in Brazil have won 2.5GHz licenses in an auction carried out last year.
The Brazilian government is pushing the operators to launch the service at the earliest as there is a need for the country to put infrastructure in place ahead of 2014 Soccer World Cup.
BNamericas quoted Bernardo as saying that the carriers had assured him that they would launch the service in the weeks to come.
What delayed the 4G rollout in Brazil is, according to the Minister, the spectrum required for LTE …
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The broadband services market in Latin America has been expanding rapidly after making a turnover of $11 billion in 2012, says a new report from analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.
An increased investment in telecom infrastructure, fierce competition among carriers to sign up more customers, and bundled service offerings are some of the factors driving the market in the region.
The analyst firm forecasts that Latin America’s broadband services market would reach $18.24 billion in 2017.
“Intense competition has compelled telecom operators to deploy integrated infrastructure networks and offer convergent services at competitive prices, thereby popularizing broadband services,” said Frost & Sullivan ICT industry analyst Gina Sanchez.
”For instance, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) is already a key component in the operators’ strategy. It will become in the next few years indispensable as the integration of broadband and interactive pay-TV (IPTV) will be among the top priorities.”
Value-added services including IPTV, voice over Internet protocol, Web …
Will outsourcers in Latin America ever be able to cut costs by moving their call centers and IT operations to the countryside – as their counterparts in India are doing? Outsourcers in the region have not been able to go rural, partly due to less broadband penetration. But analysts say such a dream may be realized once new 4G services are launched in many parts of the region. As many as six LatAm countries are slated to auction 4G spectrum later this year.