Thursday, February 18, 2021

NEC Argentina CEO, Tomohiro Nomura

"We must start adjusting networks with Open RAN from now on, before reaching 5G"

The Japanese company NEC is actively participating in the pioneering case of Open RAN in a deployment of national operator, Rakuten, in its home country, and the experience serves as a sample for its subsidiaries around the world.

In 2019, Rakuten installed a multi-vendor RAN, with equipment from Airspan, Altiostar, Mavenir and Nokia, among others, for LTE, and in 2020 it developed its network towards a 5G NR, with NEC radios. Following this milestone of having jointly developed a fully virtualized and native Cloud mobile network, the Japanese firm announced an agreement by which they will develop a Stand Alone network platform and sell it to third parties. Beyond the sound footprint on Open RAN - which already unbalances the status quo of traditional network providers by its own conception - this movement is disruptive because it places Rakuten in a new position in the industry, as a telco and a vendor at the same time, from the hand of its partner NEC.

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Argentina · Mobile31/03/2021

Mobile operators to conquer the Smart Cities business with NB-IoT

Up until now, with 2G, 3G or 4G, large-scale projects of IoT for Smart Cities were not entirely viable: the cost of the device (from US$ 15 to US$ 20 for 2G) and the life of the batteries were the main barriers. With NB-IoT deployments of Telefónica (the first to launch the network, in 2019), Claro (was added in mid-2020) and Telecom (is in final tests, with a debut scheduled for the second quarter), they can offer US$ 5 devices for a mass deployment at US$ 8 per unit.

Regional · Mobile · Regulation · Spectrum18/03/2021

5G auctions began in Latin America and Chile is already setting a trend after having a historic collection

Latin America is committed to structuring very different tenders from the previous ones, with conditions of all kinds: interference with other services (as in Brazil in 3.5 GHz with the satellite industry), operators that already have frequencies in 5G bands and can immediately go out to commercialize these services (in Peru, for example) or political guidelines with their own weight (especially in Brazil, with Jair Bolsonaro as the undisputed protagonist of the auction design).

Argentina · Operators12/03/2021

Telecom lost 499,000 mobile customers in 2020, but added 26,000 of cable TV and 23,000 of broadband

Consolidated sales for 2020 were for US$3.323 billion, surpassing those of 2019 by 6.5%. In particular, sales of services reached US$3.219 billion, 6.3% less than those of the previous cycle.

Colombia · Mobile · Operators26/02/2021

Chris Bannister: "The Colombian market is not ready for 5G "

The CEO of the Novator Partners subsidiary has been in the business of establishing mobile businesses for 25 years. Colombia is the 11th market where it lands, after the successful case of WOM in Chile. The firm has already hired 1,535 employees and anticipates investments of US$ 1 billion in the next five years. "In 12 to 18 months, Colombia will have a competitive market due to the entry of WOM," he said.

Globales · Operators25/02/2021

Telefónica increased net profit by 38.5% in 2020 and managed to reduce debt by €2.516 billion

Revenues amounted to € 43.076 billion, 11% less than in 2019 due to currency devaluation and Covid-19. The pandemic had an impact on revenues of €1.905 billion last years: Hispam takes the worst share among Telefónica's operating markets, with an impact of €670 million. Thanks to the cash generation (€4.794 billion), Telefónica's net financial debt contracted and totaled €35.228 billion. Regarding the destination of Hispam, in the presentation of results, reference was made to a “gradual reduction of exposure to Hispam” and was announced that the portfolio in the region is being reviewed.

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A DIARIO LATINO 20-04-2021

Chile · Mobile · Voice Services · Pay TV · Internet & OTT 19/04/2021

Connectivity increased in 2020 and fiber optic connections grew 62%

Surinam · Operators · Equipment Providers and Network Solutions 19/04/2021

Telesur selects Cerillion for a 10-year BSS / OSS agreement

Perú · Mobile · Spectrum 19/04/2021

Call for AWS-3 and 2.3 GHz bands to promote 4G prepared

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