Tweet of the week for July 14 to 20 Brazil politicians try to rewrite the laws of physics

Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2012

Source: Yankee Group Latin America Mobile Carrier Monitor June 2012 Brazil gets ugly. #TIM #Oi & #Claro suspended from sales in various states for poor customer service. Operators blame antenna laws #ygmb Could there be any doubt about this week’s choice? A triumph of politics over logic, over the laws of physics A bewildering move […]

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Tweet of the Week July 15 2012 Equipment vendors fined for refusing to meet ICE’s conditions.

Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012

Equipment vendors fined in Costa Rica for NOT bidding. Competition bureau says they “colluded” since none accepted #ICE conditions Here is the link for the story that inspired me but I have since seen it elsewhere. Full disclosure: I don’t have all the facts: only what I have read and surmised. Also I  did a consulting project […]

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Tweet of the Week July 1 to July 7 2012 What happens if you call an auction and nobody comes?

Posted on Monday, July 09, 2012

Colombia delays 4G ‪#spectrum‬ auction to Sept. Hopes to attract new players. So does everyone. Few achieve this. Incumbency counts. It’s tragic really. Governments consistently say they want to attract new players to Latin American spectrum auctions. It rarely happens. The last truly new player to enter via auction was probably VTR in Chile a few years […]

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What to do about Dominant Carrier Regulation in Colombia?

Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I recently had a chance to review America Movil/Comcel’s economic testimony used in their bid to avoid or mitigate Dominant Carrier Regulation in Colombia. As might be expected given the financial resources of the company, it was prepared by recognized economic experts who argued their points well. I have some technical quibbles with the statistical […]

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When bad things happen to good people…

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012

A recent article from Ecuador in BNAmericas entitled “Ministers meet to discuss possibility of tariff reductions for mobile services” (Sorry subscription required) made me think about the theme of unintended consequences and then about the title. The story from the World Bank, IMF, US government etc. in the mid-90s was that privatization was the solution […]

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