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Telefonica and America Movil pick up Costa Rica clearance

Telefonica’s Movistar and America Movil’s Claro units are reported to have picked-up authorisation to launch their operations in the Costa Rican market, once they pay the relevant licence fees.

Movistar, Yoigo extend national roaming agreement

Telefonica (Movistar) and Yoigo have expanded their national roaming agreement until 2014, reports Telecompaper.

Peru gets new mobile operator

Vietnam’s Viettel Group has won the contract to become Peru’s fourth mobile operator

TI gains Telecom Argentina control

Telecom Italia (TI) announced a deal to increase its stake in Sofora Telecommunications, the holding company which controls Telecom Argentina, from 50 percent to 58 percent, with the ownership of the majority stake also giving it full control of the business.

Telefonica launches mobile apps store

Telefonica has become the latest major mobile operator to launch its own applications store. The store – known as ‘mstore’ – will launch initially in the operator’s home market of Spain (via its ‘Movistar’ mobile brand) but plans to be eventually rolled-out across its entire global footprint, serving over 200 million subscribers.

Movistar to begin LTE deployment in 2H 2011

Venezuelan mobile operator Movistar plans to begin deploying LTE infrastructure in large cities across the country during the second half of 2011, reports TeleGeography, citing BNamericas.

Movistar launches unlimited music downloads

Latin American operator Movistar, a unit of Telefonica, has launched what it says is the region’s first unlimited mobile music download service in Chile, Billboard reports. The service costs about US$7.50 per month and includes content from Universal Music and Warner Music Group.

 

Chile rules on new market entrant regulations

An anti-trust court in Chile has ruled that the country’s mobile industry must introduce number portability in order to encourage new market entrants, but has ruled against government recommendations that existing mobile players be restricted from participating in a new mobile license tender.

Blackberry Bold debuts in Germany, Austria, Chile

Chilean operator Movistar, and T-Mobile in Germany and Austria, have become the first mobile operators to launch Research In Motion’s (RIM) much-anticipated Blackberry ‘Bold’ HSPA device.

Movistar launches HSPA first in Panama

Telefonica Movistar has launched the first 3.5G (HSPA) network in Panama, an operator representative told Mobile Business Briefing today.