ICT: The week in 10 stories

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Friday, January 11, 2019

BRAZIL

Brazilian chipset and semiconductor manufacturer Ceitec, a public company linked to the ministry of science, technology, innovation and communications (MCTIC), might be shut down as part of President Jair Bolsonaro's cost-cutting drive.

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GRENADA

Liberty Latin America's Grenada unit Flow is suing both the island's telecoms regulator NTRC and the regional body, the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL).

URUGUAY

Nearly 70% of Uruguayan households and enterprises with fixed broadband service had fiber-to the-home (FTTH) connections at the end of last June.

Uruguay will assist Paraguay in the development and improvement of digital government practices, cybersecurity and data protection initiatives.

REGIONAL

Luxembourg-based telecommunications operator Millicom, with close to 31mn mobile subscribers in Latin America under the Tigo brand, started trading its shares on the US-based Nasdaq stock exchange on Wednesday, in a move to increase the liquidity of the stock.

COSTA RICA

Costa Rican MVNO Tuyo Móvil will cease operations in the Central American country by April 15, after stopping to receive recharges and activating new services from January 15, the company said on its website.

MEXICO

The Mexican telephone workers' union will ask the labor ministry to persuade telecoms regulator IFT to halt the split of leading fixed-line provider Telmex's wholesale services unit, according to local media.

CHILE

Chile's senate has approved a commercial agreement with Argentina that includes the elimination of roaming fees.

PERU

Peru's telecoms regulator Osiptel said that operators will block 1.27mn cell phones with invalid IMEI numbers by January 8.

ARGENTINA

Telecom Argentina joined a group of international cable operators working with the Internet & Television Association (NCTA), CableLabs and Cable Europe to offer speeds of 10Gbps to consumers across the globe.