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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New Chilean Antenna Law Brings Macondo To The Southern Cone

Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

For a long time, Chile has been the region’s most advanced telecommunications market First with long distance competition First with new mobile technologies — GSM, WCDMA, HSPA First with new fixed technologies like MPLS Those of us who work in countries thought to be “less well-organized” could only sigh in envy at the unspoken alliance […]

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