|www.WirelessFederation.com/news:ProInversion, Peru’s agency for promoting private investment, has reportedly confirmed 30 June as the date for the award of 25MHz of spectrum in the 1900MHz band. The government is believed to be expecting to raise USD150 million from the sale of the 20-year concession period. Today is the last date for companies to present prequalification documents and technical and economic bids is 30 April; companies have until 7 May to clear up any inquiries from ProInversion about their proposals with the final list of prequalified companies made public on 26 June.|
|Peru’s state agency for promoting private investment, ProInversion, has confirmed 30 June as the date for the award of 25MHz of spectrum in the 1900MHz band, writes BNamericas citing government news agency Andina. The government is believed to be expecting to raise USD150 million from the sale of the 20-year concession period. The deadline for companies to present prequalification documents and technical and economic bids is 30 April; companies have until 7 May to clear up any inquiries from ProInversion about their proposals with the final list of prequalified companies made public on 26 June.
According to previous press reports, the auction process, which was initially expected to be concluded last year, was postponed due to a technical problem regarding the spectrum. The 1900MHz band spectrum concession is a move to attract a fourth mobile operator to the country. Peru’s current operators are Movistar Peru, America Movil’s Claro and iDEN-based network operator Nextel.
|Brazilian investments in Peru are likely to exceed US$15bn in the next five years, Peru’s trade advisor to Brazil, Antonio Castillo, was reported as saying by Peruvian state news agency Andina.
"Brazilian investments in the country currently total US$5bn, but we think this figure will easily triple over the next five years due to the increasing interest of Brazilian businessmen in Peru," Castillo was quoted as saying.
Current investments are concentrated in the petrochemical, phosphate fertilizer, mining, oil, power and steel sectors.
Additional investments are expected in agriculture and the manufacturing, including textiles, clothing and construction.
|www.WirelessFederation.com/news: The CEI consortium of Spain and Peruvian firm Consulting Outsourcing Management Com have inked a number portability deal with local mobile operators Claro, Movistar and Nextel. The agreement is a stepping stone towards the implementation of centralized database for mobile number portability in Peru. The consortium will manage the database of all subscribers requesting number portability, check the applications submitted by mobile customers, as well as accept or reject portability requests.
The Spanish consortium will also craft an archive containing daily information on ported numbers. The Peruvian mobile operators will join hands with consortium to perform the necessary technological adjustments on their networks to support the number portability system. CIS plans to roll out number portability system tests in September. Peru’s telecoms regulator Osiptel will launch the number portability system on 1 January 2010.
|The technology story in the Caribbean & Latin America (CALA) region is simple: most US based technologies are in full retreat, while the international GSM/W-CDMA standards are proliferating. During the quarter, the number of customers connected to AMPS, TDMA and CDMA systems declined by 4.4m overall, bringing the number of disconnections so far this year to 19.9m, or 5.2% of the starting base.
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TDMA has been hardest hit, proportionately, as the number of customers using the technology collapsed, from over 10m to not much more than 2.5m – an overall decline of 73%. The AMPS technology that was originally deployed in most of these markets has been in decline for years and we estimate that over the course of this year, more than half of the remaining users disconnected, leaving a rump of not much more than 60k, mainly in rural and remote areas of the continent.
CDMA networks experienced the largest drop in absolute terms. It is only two years since Vivo began selling GSM handsets in Brazil, but over that time, the number of CDMA connections has dropped from 64.9m (of which 26.0m were in Brazil) to 41.7m. The disconnection rate appears to be accelerating slightly, the quarterly average increasing from 2.7m per quarter during 2007 to 3.1m per quarter in 08. Brazil, obviously, is not the only market where the technology is in retreat, with similar – or steeper – declines being seen in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Only Venezuela has seen an increase in users over the year but following CANTV’s decision to move to GSM, that is unlikely to be repeated in 09.
GSM has, predictably, been the main beneficiary. The range of low priced handsets available for this technology gives it a material advantage and over the year, it added a further 87m users, which took the regional total GSM base past 400m. GSM, of course, faces a growing “challenge” from its own 3G variant, W-CDMA. This first became available in Q2 07 although the overall base has reached just 5.3m (of which 4.9m were added in 2008).