Showing posts with label Argentina. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Argentina. Show all posts

Friday, September 29, 2017

Chile and Argentina to cut roaming fees

The governments of Chile and Argentina reached an agreement to eliminate roaming fees for travelers across their borders.

Under the agreement, roaming surcharges will be eliminated by 2020.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Cablevisión and Telecom Argentina plan merger

Cablevisión Holding,  a spin off company formed through the corporate restructuring of Buenos Aires-based Grupo Clarín, announced that its subsidiary Cablevisión, the leading pay TV and broadband provider in Argentina, and Telecom Argentina, a major mobile and fixed telecom company in Argentina, plan to merge their corporate and operational structures to establish a converged telecom operator.

The transaction is intended to create a major telco in Argentina as well as to better enable the companies to participate in the opening up of the telecom sector in the country, which under the regulatory framework is scheduled to begin as of January 2018.

The companies stated that on June 30th the boards of both companies approved a preliminary merger agreement (compromiso previo de fusión), with the proposed transaction designed to align with the wider industry convergence in the provision of fixed and mobile, video and Internet services to enable quad-play offerings. The combination is also expected to enhance the companies' ability to invest in the latest mobile technology and to deploy a high speed fibre network.

Under the terms of the agreement, Telecom Argentina will implement a merger by absorption of Cablevisión. As a result, Telecom Argentina will increase its share capital by $1,184,528,406, and therefore will issue on the effective date of the merger $1,184,528,406 shares of common stock, each to be registered with a nominal value of $1, hold one vote, and be issued either as a class A share or a new class of common stock (class D shares), which will be distributed Cablevisión shareholders in accordance with the agreed exchange ratio.

The exchange ratio approved by the companies' boards provides for 9,871.07005 shares of Telecom Argentina for each Cablevision share. Thus, CVH, the controlling shareholder of Cablevision, and Fintech Media, Cablevision's minority shareholder, will receive a total direct and indirect interest in Telecom Argentina equal to 55% after its capital increase. The current shareholders of Telecom Argentina will retain the remaining 45% of the share capital following the merger.

The transaction is subject to the respective shareholder meetings' approval and to regulatory approvals.

As well as being the main pay TV and a major broadband service provider in Argentina, Cablevision is also the second largest pay TV provider in Uruguay. Telecom Argentina is a leading mobile and fixed service provider in Argentina and also a major mobile carrier in Paraguay.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Seaborn and Grupo Werthein to build Argentina-Brazil Subsea Cable

Seaborn Networks, an independent developer-owner-operator of submarine cable systems, and Grupo Werthein, a major Argentine investment holding company with significant holdings in the telecommunications sector, announced a binding agreement for the construction of a new subsea optical cable system, named ARBR, connecting Argentina with Brazil.

The new ARBR cable system will additionally provide onward connectivity via Seabras-1, which is currently under construction, to enable a direct route between Argentina and the U.S. The ARBR system will be jointly developed and owned by Seabras Group, an affiliate of Seabras, and Werthein.

Seabras is the sole owner of the Seabras-1 submarine cable system between New York and Sao Paulo in Brazil, which was developed and is operated and owned by Seaborn Networks, in partnership with funds managed and/or advised by Partners Group, a global private markets investment manager.

Seabras noted that it has sold capacity on Seabras-1 to a variety of large and small telecommunications companies and other customers, both via indefeasible rights of use (IRUs) and on short-term lease agreements. As with Seabras-1, Seaborn will act as the operator of the ARBR system. Seabras stated that together the ARBR and Seabras-1 cables represent a total project value of more than $575 million.

The ARBR cable will be a four-fibre pair system with and will offer an initial maximum design capacity of 48 Tbit/s. The system has a scheduled completion date in the second half of 2018. The ARBR cable system's Brazil landing will be located in the existing Seabras-1 cable landing station in Praia Grande, Brazil, enabling direct onward connectivity to New York over Seabras-1. The Argentina landing for the new cable is expected to be in or near Las Toninas, to the south of Buenos Aires.

In December 2016, Seaborn announced the introduction of SeaSpeed, offering low latency point-to-point connectivity between Carteret, New Jersey and São Paulo in Brazil and connecting key financial centres in North and South America. The Seabras-1 cable system has a committed ready-for-service date of June 2017.

http://www.seabornnetworks.com/

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Telecom Argentina Picks Huawei for All-Cloud Core network

Huawei announced that Telecom Argentina has launched a commercial all-cloud core network to support voice and data services for 2G/3G/4G mobile subscribers following the roll-out of ICT converged telecom services over a cloud infrastructure.

As the largest mobile operator in Argentina and Paraguay with more than 22 million mobile subscribers, Telecom Argentina developed an ICT network transformation strategy in 2015 designed to enhance network resource utilisation, reduce O&M costs and prepare for future demands. A core element of the strategy was to cloudify its networks utilising NFV.

In 2016, Telecom Argentina selected Huawei to construct an all-cloud core network as part of its network transformation strategy. Huawei stated that toll-out of the all-cloud core network started in March 2016 and in December Telecom Argentina was able to launch the network commercially and begin to transition from its traditional core network to the cloud core network. Currently, the network is running stably and reliably supporting voice and data services as traffic is migrated across to the new infrastructure.

The Huawei NFV-based CloudCore and CloudEdge co-deployment solution is designed to address Telecom Argentina's business and technology requirements and transform its operations as follows:

1. Support traditional core network functions, such as IMS, MSS, EPC and DRA, on Huawei's FusionServer and FusionSphere OpenStack, with resources dynamically shared by core network functions to improve resource utilisation.

2. Provide a distributed data centre (DC) network architecture, with cloud-based network functions on the control plane deployed in central DCs to enhance resource utilisation and functions on the media plane distributed in edge DCs for an improved user experience; Telecom Argentina can also deploy new all-cloud network functions over the unified, open architecture and gradually implement its full network cloud strategy.

3. O&M and big data analysis are integrated into the element management system (EMS) and NFV management and orchestration (MANO) to enhance intelligent network O&M via functions including KPIbased fault self-healing, cross-layer information collection and fault alarm management and help reduce O&M costs and improve O&M efficiency.

Earlier in February, Huawei and China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) announced they had migrated CMHK services to an NFV-based commercial cloud core network. CMHK deployed a 3GPP system designed to support ervices of more than 20 network systems, including IMS, evolved packet core (EPC), Diameter routing agent/mobile number portability (DRA/MNP), HSS/HLR and mobile switching centre-server (MSC-S).

Huawei noted that as of January 2017 it had gained more than 170 contracts worldwide for NFV-based core networks, and claims to be a leading partner for global operators with regards to cloudified telecom network projects.

http://www.huawei.com

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Telecom Italia's 2014-2016 Strategic Plan: Focus on Domestic Rollouts

As part of a newly announced 2014-16 Strategic Plan, Telecom Italia will sell its subsidiary, Telecom Argentina, will accelerating the rollout of LTE and its next gen, broadband access network in its home market.  An offer for Telecom Argentina has already been received and management is preparing to act on it.

The CEO Marco Patuano stated: "The Plan for the three year period 2014-2016 envisages some extraordinary transactions intended to strengthen the Group. These will allow us to boost development of ultrabroadband and accelerate our converging business strategy, and to achieve greater financial flexibility, preparatory to our achieving metrics over the life of the plan that are coherent with 'investment grade' status."

In Italy, the plan envisages investments of approximately 9 billion euros over three years, of which 3.4 billion euros solely for latest generation:

  • 1.8 billion euros for the development of fixed ultrabroadband using optical fibre for the access segment;
  • 900 million euros for mobile ultrabroadband;
  • approximately 700 million euros for the creation of new data centres dedicated to the development of cloud computing and international fibre connections.

By 2016, Telecom Italia expects its NGN access network to reach 50% of the population, with 12.4 million homes connected.  Telecom Italia's LTE should cover 80% of the population in that time frame.

Regarding the NGN,  the Telecom Italia Board of Directors has approved a voluntary separation of the access network, giving priority to the creation of the "Equivalence of Input " (EoI) model through functional separation, with particular reference to the offer of unbundling of the local loop (ULL) and virtual unbundling local access (VULA) for the new generation networks based on FTTCab and FTTH architectures.

http://www.telecomitalia.com/tit/en/archivio/media/comunicati-stampa/telecom-italia/corporate/economico-finanziario/2013/11-07b.html

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Argentina's ARSAT Upgrades to 100G with Alcatel-Lucent

ARSAT, a state-owned telecommunications operator in Argentina, will upgrade its network to 100G using Alcatel-Lucent’s Agile Optical Networking technology.

The first routes to be upgraded are Buenos Aires to Mendoza, and Río Gallegos to Ushuaia in the south, crossing the Magellan Strait.

Under the US$7.3 million contract, Alcatel-Lucent will supply 40G and 100G DWDM technology on its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (1830 PSS) platform as well as the 1350 Optical Management System.  Alcatel-Lucent will also provide its leading project management services as well as training and technical assistance for five years.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Level 3 Activates Metro Networks in Bogota and Buenos Aires


Level 3 Communications launched new metropolitan networks in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Bogota, Colombia. Level 3 has established multiple nodes in both of these cities, with each network boasting a total capacity of 80x40Gbps and the potential of upgrading to 80x100Gbps.

Level 3 is offering fiber capacity of up to 40 Gbps.   Wholesale and enterprise customers also can build their own backbones and dedicated networks, and interconnect with Level 3's and others' data centers to build SAN, disaster recovery and cloud services solutions.

Level 3 has existing metropolitan high-speed networks in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"Level 3 is always working to meet all the needs of our customers, and by launching these metropolitan networks, we will be able to address our customers' increasing demand for capacity in two very important markets in Latin America," said Leonardo Barbero, Level 3's senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Latin America.

http://www.level3.com

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Telecom Argentina Reports Performance Indicators

Telecom Argentina reported 2012 revenue of 22,177 million pesetas, up 19.6% over 2011, while operating income rose 9.6%.  The 2012 CAPEX amounted to 3,257 million pesetas, up 2.0% over the 2011.

Telecom Argentina also released the following performance indicators:


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Telefónica to Deploy Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 Core Router

Telefónica will deploy the new Alcatel-Lucent 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) in Argentina and the Czech Republic.

Telefónica is one the first service providers worldwide to deploy Alcatel-Lucent's new core router.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

The new 7950 XRS family - based on the company's 400G FP3 chipset – supports five times the density of today’s core routers and slashes power consumption by 66 percent compared to typical core routers. Telefónica also will benefit from a common operating system (SR OS) across the Alcatel-Lucent router portfolio.  The solution  features a common network management system – the 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) – offering seamless support across the 7950 XRS family and the Service Router portfolio.

Enrique Blanco, Telefónica’s Global Chief Technology Officer said: “This collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent is part of a far-reaching network modernization effort which will give us one of the most powerful and efficient IP networks. In order for us to dramatically increase our network capacity and intelligence to address our customers’ fast evolving demands we needed the support of a new, truly disruptive solution. The Alcatel-Lucent XRS met this requirement.”

Federico Guillén, President Alcatel-Lucent Spain and Global Account Manager for Telefónica said: “We are gratified that Telefónica has turned to Alcatel-Lucent to play such an important role in the transformation of their IP networks around the world. With the introduction of the 7950 XRS core router, our IP portfolio offers truly best-in-class capabilities across the board, and we look forward to the opportunity to take Telefonica’s IP network to the next level.”

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Telecom Argentina Posts Steady Growth

As of the end of June 2012, Telecom Argentina had 20,965,000 mobile customers, up 8% YoY, including roughly 18.7 million in Argentina and 2.2 million in Paraguay (including WiMAX). The overall subscriber base mix continued to improve with 32% being postpaid (+14% vs. 1H11). The company had 1,594,000 broadband access lines, up 9% over a year earlier.

Telecom Argentina reported a Net Income of P$1,294 million for the six months period ended June 30, 2012, or +1% when compared to the same period last year. Net income attributable to Telecom Argentina amounted to P$1,275 million (+1% vs. 1H11).

During 1H12, consolidated Revenues increased by 21% to P$10,380 million (+P$1,796 million vs. 1H11), mainly fueled by the Mobile Services, Broadband business and Fixed Data. Moreover, Operating Profit amounted P$1,882 million (-P$47 million vs. 1H11).

During 1H12, the overall traffic of voice minutes increased by 8% vs. 1H11. SMS traffic (incoming and outgoing charged messages) continued to increase, although at a slower pace of growth, due to other Internet alternatives provided by Personal. The traffic climbed to a monthly average of 5,401 million in 1H12 from 5,291 million messages in 1H11 (+2% vs. 1H11). Due to this increase in traffic and VAS usage, Average Monthly Revenue per User ("ARPU") increased to P$54,6 during 1H12 (+13% vs. 1H11).

In 1H12 Telecom Argentina launched cloud computing services for corporate ICT allowing virtual access to data center resources. 
http://www.telecom.com.ar/ 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Level 3 Expands in Latin America

Level 3 Communications announced an expansion of its data centers in Latin America in response to significant growth in customer demand. The company currently has 14 data centers in the region. Substantial data center expansions are underway in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador.

Level 3 also added new hosting and storage services, and increased its backup and storage capacity to enhance its customers' ability to grow in the region and internationally. The company has incorporated network, security, and storage management tools, and completed the first phase implementation of security and processing platforms that support its virtual and dynamic infrastructure services in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru. 
http://www.level3.com 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cisco Connects Argentina's AcerBrag

AcerBrag, an iron and steel manufacturing company in Argentina, has implemented a Cisco Unified Wireless network that enables bar code readers to track the company's inventory of materials in real time.

The solution is based on the Cisco Borderless Network Architecture and is mainly composed of switches, access points and wireless controllers that are integrated with the SAP system and data collectors. Encryption standards and codes keep the same security in the wireless access points and in the fixed network of the company.


http://www.cisco.com

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Level 3 Boosts its CDN Capacity

Level 3 Communications has boosted its globally available CDN capacity to more than 5.6 Tbps (terabits per second) from 2.15 Tbps in late 2010.

In addition to increasing its CDN capacity, Level 3 has expanded its CDN service offering to new markets in Buenos Aires (Argentina); Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Medellin (Colombia); Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); and Montreal and Toronto (Canada). Level 3 is also continuing its work to grow its deployments in Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and North America.

"Level 3's growing CDN and network scalability helped us expand our business into new markets, specifically Latin America, the UK and Ireland," said Greg Peters, vice president of Product Development for Netflix. "Level 3's speed, consistency and ability to scale help us deliver a great Netflix experience for our members worldwide."

Level 3 noted that CDN services represented approximately two percent of its Core Network Services (CNS) revenue in 2011. The company expects its CDN platform will continue to represent approximately two percent of CNS revenue in 2012.

Level 3 is also introducing a service that enables companies to see an objective, third-party analysis of their websites’ video streaming performance in real time across all content delivery networks (CDNs). The new service, Client Side Statistics, is fully integrated within Level 3’s MediaPortal, with data analyzed by Conviva – a market leader in video optimization and viewer experience.

http://www.level3.com




Thursday, March 8, 2012

Telefónica Launches Virtual Hosting 2.0

Telefónica, in collaboration with Cisco and VCE, has launched a regional advanced cloud hosting service in Latin America for large companies and public agencies.


The Virtual Hosting 2.0 service, which is available in all Latin American countries where Telefónica operates, enables enterprises to migrate to cloud computing. It is based on the VCE Vblock infrastructure platform, which offers integrated virtualization, server, storage, networking and security technologies with end-to-end support.


VCE is the Virtual Computing Environment Company formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel.
VCE's prepackaged solutions are available through an extensive partner network, and cover horizontal applications, vertical industry offerings, and application development environments.


Notably, Telefónica is implementing a single global architecture for the cloud based on VCE with the goal of scaling and evolving the service evenly throughout the region. Telefónica is delivering the service from five interconnected data centers in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru.


Telefónica's Virtual Hosting 2.0 offers the benefits of an advanced virtual service, such as elasticity, fast provision in case of new company needs, private access to the network, and end-to-end management. Initially, Virtual Hosting 2.0 includes services such as infrastructure as a service (IaaS), virtual data centers, private cloud services and business continuity services in case of incidents and disasters. Under the cloud computing model, it seeks to provide the latest technologies, without the need for investment in equipment and maintenance.


"Cloud computing is the business model for the delivery of services to customers. Companies, service providers and government agencies are looking for cloud solutions to reduce costs, increase profitability and create innovative business models. Cisco enables customers to take advantage of network intelligence, the power of data centers and business applications. The result is an attractive and safe cloud experience with applications and services supplied from any place, at anytime and from any device. We want to thank Telefónica Empresas Latinoamérica for trusting Cisco as the technological partner for its cloud computing solution in Latin America,' said Jaime Vallés, Cisco senior vice president for Latin America.

http://www.telefonica.comhttp:/www.telefonica.com
http://www.vce.com

Monday, December 12, 2011

Cablevision Argentina Deploys 100G with Alcatel-Lucent

Cablevision Argentina, one of the Latin America’s largest cable TV and Internet services providers, will be the first cable operator in South America to deploy 100G technology in its network. lcatel-Lucent is supplying its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) featuring next-generation 100G coherent technology to dramatically improve capacity scalability.


Cablevision has more than three million CATV customers and more than one million Internet users in Argentina, and offers the service of Cablevision Digital HD.


“Cablevision continues to lead the Argentinean cable TV market with the rapid expansion of its offerings, including new high definition channels and the highest Internet speed commercially available. Our 100G solution offers unprecedented capacity, bandwidth scalability, and the lowest cost-per-bit for optimized total cost of ownership,�? said Osvaldo Di Campli, president of Alcatel-Lucent's activities in the Caribbean & Latin America region.
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Thursday, December 8, 2011

NEC Partners with Telefónica for Cloud Services in Argentina

Telefónica has launched "APLICATECA" cloud computing services in Argentina using NEC's cloud platform. The SaaS business system (Software as a Service), designed to facilitate access to a variety of digital applications and services where the customer only pays for the number of licenses that are used.


In February 2011, Telefónica selected NEC as a strategic partner to promote cloud computing in Latin America. http://www.nec.co.jp

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Telefónica and China Unicom to Use Each Other's POPs

Telefónica and China Unicom reached a strategic agreement to use Points-of-Presence (POPs) on each other's networks. Specifically, Telefónica will be able to use PoPs on China Unicom's network in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Australia, France, and Sweden. China Unicom in turn will be able to enhance their network with PoPs set up on Telefónica's network in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, USA, Puerto Rico, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.


The deal represents a further step forward in the strategic alliance signed by the two companies in 2009http://www.telefonica.com
  • In January 2011, China Unicom and Telefónica will deepen their cooperation by investing the equivalent of US$500 million in the other party through the purchase of each party's shares.


  • In 2009, China Unicom and Telefonica invested US$1 billion in the other party's shares and entered into a Strategic Alliance Agreement.

Telefónica and China Unicom to Use Each Other's POPs

Telefónica and China Unicom reached a strategic agreement to use Points-of-Presence (POPs) on each other's networks. Specifically, Telefónica will be able to use PoPs on China Unicom's network in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Australia, France, and Sweden. China Unicom in turn will be able to enhance their network with PoPs set up on Telefónica's network in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, USA, Puerto Rico, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.


The deal represents a further step forward in the strategic alliance signed by the two companies in 2009http://www.telefonica.com
  • In January 2011, China Unicom and Telefónica will deepen their cooperation by investing the equivalent of US$500 million in the other party through the purchase of each party's shares.


  • In 2009, China Unicom and Telefonica invested US$1 billion in the other party's shares and entered into a Strategic Alliance Agreement.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Alvarion to Acquire Wavion for Outdoor Wi-Fi

Alvarion agreed to acquire privately-held Wavion, an Israel-based developer of carrier-grade WiFi solutions, for approximately $30 million in cash, including an assumed earn-out.


Wavion supplies WBS omni-direction and sector base stations, which operate at 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 700 MHz. Wavion leverages two-way spatially adaptive beamforming and Multiple Input Multiple Output ( MIMO) technologies. The company's revenues for the last twelve months were approximately $16 million.


Alvarion said the acquisition marks another milestone in its plan of shifting its primary focus from WiMAX-based RAN solutions to becoming a multitechnology wireless broadband solution provider. Alvarion intends to combine Wavion's WiFi platform with Alvarion's 4G RAN solution and recently-acquired DAS (distributed antenna systems).
http://www.alvarion.com
http://www.wavionnetworks.com
  • Wavion was founded in 2000 and has distribution in 60 countries with offices in the US, Brazil, Argentina, Russia and India. Its investors include Elron Electronic Industries and BRM Capital.

Alvarion to Acquire Wavion for Outdoor Wi-Fi

Alvarion agreed to acquire privately-held Wavion, an Israel-based developer of carrier-grade WiFi solutions, for approximately $30 million in cash, including an assumed earn-out.


Wavion supplies WBS omni-direction and sector base stations, which operate at 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 700 MHz. Wavion leverages two-way spatially adaptive beamforming and Multiple Input Multiple Output ( MIMO) technologies. The company's revenues for the last twelve months were approximately $16 million.


Alvarion said the acquisition marks another milestone in its plan of shifting its primary focus from WiMAX-based RAN solutions to becoming a multitechnology wireless broadband solution provider. Alvarion intends to combine Wavion's WiFi platform with Alvarion's 4G RAN solution and recently-acquired DAS (distributed antenna systems).
http://www.alvarion.com
http://www.wavionnetworks.com
  • Wavion was founded in 2000 and has distribution in 60 countries with offices in the US, Brazil, Argentina, Russia and India. Its investors include Elron Electronic Industries and BRM Capital.

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