ICT: The week in 10 stories

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Friday, December 14, 2018

CURAÇAO

Liberty Latin America is in advanced talks with the government of Curaçao to acquire fixed and mobile telecom provider UTS, the Curaçao Chronicle reported citing sources within Liberty.

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CARIBBEAN

Jamaica's supreme court paved the way to revoke Caricel's license to operate after the telecoms operator ran afoul of authorities by selling its 4G unit to a South African company without clearing it first with authorities.

PERU

The transport and communications ministry plans to absorb the telecommunications universal services fund Fitel and replace it with what it is calling the national telecommunications program (Pronatel).

REGIONAL

Half of Latin America's GDP will be digitized by 2022, driven by offers, operations and digitally enhanced relationships, and expenditures on IT will reach US$380bn between 2019 and 2022, according to consultancy IDC.

CHILE

Mobile operator WOM has launched voice over LTE (VoLTE) and voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) services nationwide.

BRAZIL

A planned partnership between Huawei and manufacturer Positivo Tecnologia to sell the Chinese tech giant's smartphones in Brazil has fallen apart.

Telecom operators and communications equipment providers want regulators to award more blocks per operator in the upcoming auction of 3.5GHz spectrum for 5G services.

ARGENTINA

Argentina was the Latin American market with the fastest growth in malware attacks in the 12 months ending November, according to a report from Kaspersky Lab.

MEXICO

Telefónica's Mexican unit told BNamericas that it seeks a "fair environment that encourages investment," as reports swirl of a possible sale.

And the marketing director of Hispasat, Jorge Rodríguez, talked with BNamericas about the services it can offer with its Amazonas 5 satellite in Mexico, its advantages and the country's potential.