Category Archives: General TV

Rumors circulate about Telefónica-Inter in VenezuelaRumores sobre Telefónica-Inter en Venezuela

<!--:en-->Venezuelan blog Con-Caf&eacute;, which is credited with having reliable information about cellular commercial networks news in that country, has recently released that 'Movistar is calling its authorized agents to see if they would be willing to expand their service scope with a new offer: Cable Movistar.' This version goes on to say that Movistar, who currently provides wireless fixed telephony and mobile broadband, is apparently hiring an optical fiber to Inter (ex Intercable), and would be offering pay TV in 2008<!--:--><!--:es-->El blog venezolano Con&#045;Caf&eacute;, que suele tener buena informaci&oacute;n sobre lo que ocurre en las redes comerciales de celulares en ese pa&iacute;s, public&oacute; que "Movistar esta llamando a sus agentes autorizados para preguntarles su estar&iacute;an dispuestos a expandir su &aacute;mbito de atenci&oacute;n con un nuevo servicio: Cable Movistar". La versi&oacute;n agrega que Movistar, que actualmente provee telefon&iacute;a fija inal&aacute;mbrica y banda ancha m&oacute;vil, estar&iacute;a arrendando fibra &oacute;ptica de Inter (ex Intercable), y en 2008 ofrecer&iacute;a TV paga<!--:--[...]

MVS of Mexico to arrive with WiMaxMVS de Mexico llega con WiMax

<!--:en-->In the next days, MVS Multivisi&oacute;n, the largest MMDS operator in the world, will announce its migration to WiMax in the 2.5-2.7 Ghz frequency that the company is now partially using to supply pay TV services via microwave. Whether the company will be jointly launching IPTV through WiMax is still unknown. If so, it will certainly be the most important wireless IPTV experience the world has seen.<!--:--><!--:es-->MVS Multivisi&oacute;n, el mayor operador de MMDS en el mundo, anunciar&aacute; en los pr&oacute;ximos d&iacute;as su migraci&oacute;n hacia WiMax en la frecuencia de 2.5&#045;2.7 Ghz que actualmente utiliza en forma parcial para brindar servicios de TV paga por microondas. El gran interrogante es si lanzar&aacute; conjuntamente la posibilidad de acceder a IPTV a trav&eacute;s de WiMax. Ser&iacute;a la mayor experiencia de mundial en IPTV inal&aacute;mbrica<!--:--[...]

Brazilian Congress gets more open to IPTVApertura del Congreso brasileño a IPTV

<!--:en-->The Economic Development, Industry and Commerce Commission of the Chamber of Deputies in Brazil has approved the draft bill submitted by Wellington Fagundes, which removes regulatory constraints preventing Brazilian incumbent telcos from providing pay TV, and foreign carriers from entering the pay-TV market. The bill will now be submitted to the Science, Technology, Communication and Information Technology Commission (CCT) before being discussed at the Chamber of Deputies. At the CCT, it will be supported by Deputy Jorge Bittar of the governmental party PT, thus having many chances to prosper.<!--:--><!--:es-->La Comisi&oacute;n de Desarrollo Econ&oacute;mico, Industria y Comercio de la C&aacute;mara de Diputados de Brasil aprob&oacute; el proyecto presentado por el diputado Wellington Fagundes, que elimina la prohibici&oacute;n a las incumbentes telef&oacute;nicas brasile&ntilde;as para que brinden TV paga, y a las empresas extranjeras para entrar a ste mercado. El proyecto pasa ahora a la Comisi&oacute;n de Ciencia, Tecnolog&iacute;a, Comunicaci&oacute;n e Inform&aacute;tica (CCT) antes de ser tratado en la C&aacute;mara de Diputados. En la CCT ser&aacute; defendido por el diputado Jorge Bittar, del oficialista PT, por lo cual tiene muchas probabilidades de avanzar.<!--:--[...]

Brazilian Congress gets more open to IPTVApertura del Congreso brasileño a IPTV

<!--:en-->The Economic Development, Industry and Commerce Commission of the Chamber of Deputies in Brazil has approved the draft bill submitted by Wellington Fagundes, which removes regulatory constraints preventing Brazilian incumbent telcos from providing pay TV, and foreign carriers from entering the pay-TV market. The bill will now be submitted to the Science, Technology, Communication and Information Technology Commission (CCT) before being discussed at the Chamber of Deputies. At the CCT, it will be supported by Deputy Jorge Bittar of the governmental party PT, thus having many chances to prosper.<!--:--><!--:es-->La Comisi&oacute;n de Desarrollo Econ&oacute;mico, Industria y Comercio de la C&aacute;mara de Diputados de Brasil aprob&oacute; el proyecto presentado por el diputado Wellington Fagundes, que elimina la prohibici&oacute;n a las incumbentes telef&oacute;nicas brasile&ntilde;as para que brinden TV paga, y a las empresas extranjeras para entrar a ste mercado. El proyecto pasa ahora a la Comisi&oacute;n de Ciencia, Tecnolog&iacute;a, Comunicaci&oacute;n e Inform&aacute;tica (CCT) antes de ser tratado en la C&aacute;mara de Diputados. En la CCT ser&aacute; defendido por el diputado Jorge Bittar, del oficialista PT, por lo cual tiene muchas probabilidades de avanzar.<!--:--[...]

Ancel to evaluate the usage of its TV over 3.5GAncel evalúa el uso de su TV sobre 3.5 G

<!--:en-->Practically all Ancel's new UMTS/HSDPA network consumers are using the mobile TV service packed within the "3.7G" offer. According to the preliminary assessments of the Uruguayan mobile state-owned operator, "usage is well distributed throughout the day, with a strong impact on the afternoon hours," Marketing Manager of Ancel, Jorge Su&aacute;rez, said to TVTelco Latam. Information still has to be processed in order to get statistics on the average viewing session. <!--:--><!--:es-->Pr&aacute;cticamente todos los usuarios de la nueva red UMTS/HSDPA de la empresa uruguaya Ancel est&aacute;n utilizando el servicio de TV m&oacute;vil, que se encuentra empaquetado en la oferta de "3.7G". Seg&uacute;n las primeras evaluaciones del operador m&oacute;vil estatal, "el uso es muy distribuido a lo largo del d&iacute;a, aunque con fuerte impacto en horas de la tarde", afirm&oacute; a TVTelco Latam Jorge Su&aacute;rez, gerente de M&aacute;rketing de Ancel. A&uacute;n est&aacute;n procesando la informaci&oacute;n para tener estad&iacute;sticas de la duraci&oacute;n de la sesi&oacute;n promedio. <!--:--[...]

Agreements with DirecTV get delayedLos acuerdos con DirecTV se demoran

<!--:en-->Triple play agreements between Latin American telcos and DirecTV which will enable them to compete against cable TV, are taking longer than expected due to operation details. However, executives of DirecTV Latin America foresee they will be successful same as it happened with Verizon in USA where, even with IPTV, the company still continues pushing the model.<!--:--><!--:es-->Los acuerdos de empresas telef&oacute;nicas latinoamericanas con DirecTV para completar la oferta de triple play con el objetivo de competir contra la TV por cable est&aacute;n tardando m&aacute;s de lo esperado en implementarse por los detalles en la operaci&oacute;n. Sin embargo, los ejecutivos de DirecTV Latin America creen que ser&aacute;n exitosos siguiendo el ejemplo de Verizon en EE.UU. que a&uacute;n con IPTV sigue impulsando el modelo.<!--:--[...]

Argentina completes 3.5G but still waits for mobile TVArgentina completó 3.5G pero sigue sin TV móvil

<!--:en-->Argentina's three cellular operators, Personal (Telecom Italy), Movistar (Telef&oacute;nica) and CTI (Am&eacute;rica M&oacute;vil) this month, have successfully launched their UMTS-HSDPA services; however, and after many failed attempts, they still wait for mobile TV as regulatory barriers remain. Argentina has already been surpassed by Uruguay, where both Movistar and Ancel are experimenting on unicast over the new state-of-the-art networks. The cable operators' lobby to stop fixed IPTV is closing the door for TV on the cell phone.<!--:--><!--:es-->Los tres operadores celulares de Argentina, Personal (Telecom Italia), Movistar (Telef&oacute;nica) y este mes CTI (Am&eacute;rica M&oacute;vil) lanzaron sus servicios de UMTS-HSDPA. Sin embargo, despu&eacute;s de varios intentos fallidos, siguen sin TV m&oacute;vil porque la regulaci&oacute;n lo impide, y ha sido sobrepasada por Uruguay, donde Movistar y Ancel experimentan el unicast sobre las redes de nueva generaci&oacute;n. El fuerte lobby para frenar IPTV demora a la TV en el celular.<!--:--[...]

ETB could get regulatory shortcut for IPTVETB podría recibir un atajo regulatorio para IPTV

<!--:en-->Incumbent telco in the capital city of Colombia, Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogot&aacute; (ETB), may find a shortcut to get the license necessary to provide pay TV. The CNTV (Comisi&oacute;n Nacional de TV) has prepared a new 'tailor-made' bid, due to be opened in the next 30 days which will be targeted only at companies who already have a network. But the new bid could sink because of clushes between the CNTV and Telecommunications Minister Mar&iacute;a del Rosario Guerra. Meanwwhile, ETB would rather orient its investments to increasing its broadband connections' base.<!--:--><!--:es-->La Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogot&aacute; (ETB), incumbente en la capital colombiana, podr&iacute;a ver allanado el camino para obtener una licencia para brindar TV paga. La Comisi&oacute;n Nacional de TV (CNTV) prepar&oacute; una nueva licitaci&oacute;n "a medida" que se abrir&iacute;a en los pr&oacute;ximos 30 d&iacute;as s&oacute;lo para empresas que ya posean una red. Pero los conflictos entre la CNTV y el Ministerio de Comunicaciones podr&iacute;an frenar la iniciativa, mientras ETB prefiere enfocar sus inversiones en aumentar la base de conexiones de banda ancha.<!--:--[...]

Antel of Uruguay keeps its IPTV plan confidentialAntel de Uruguay mantiene en reserva su plan de IPTV

<!--:en-->State-owned incumbent telephone operator in Uruguay, Antel, has so far made no announcements of its IPTV plan, which the company regards as "strategic". However, part of the mystery will be revealed with the Request for Proposal for equipment suppliers, due to be launched over the next weeks. Antel's President Mar&iacute;a Sim&oacute;n had already announced the company would be undertaking a pilot plan before the end of the year, but according to regulator URSEC, Antel should be first applying for the necessary license to provide "TV to subscribers".<!--:--><!--:es-->La empresa estatal incumbente Antel de Uruguay mantiene en reserva su plan de IPTV al que considera "estrat&eacute;gico", aunque en las pr&oacute;ximas semanas lanzar&aacute; un RFP (request for proposals) para proveedores de equipos y se ir&aacute; develando parte del misterio. La presidenta de Antel, Mar&iacute;a Sim&oacute;n, hab&iacute;a revelado que antes de fin de a&ntilde;o la compa&ntilde;&iacute;a lanzar&aacute; un plan piloto, aunque el ente regulador URSEC espera que antes Antel solicite la licencia que la habilite a brindar "TV para abonados".<!--:--[...]