Central America catch-up: Xinwei receives new concessions; Cablefusion confusion in Guatemala; Honduras plots IXP

9 Sep 2014

Nicaraguan start-up Xinwei Telecom has been awarded six new telecoms concessions by regulator Instituto Nicaraguense de Telecomunicaciones y Correos (Telcor), according to El Nuevo Diario. The enigmatic telco – which has yet to launch mobile operations, despite being awarded a licence in November 2012 – has now been awarded local, domestic long-distance (DLD) and international long-distance (ILD) licences valid for 20 years. In addition, Xinwei has received data transmission, IPTV and ‘cellular telephony’ concessions, which are valid for ten years apiece. It is unclear how the last named licence differs from Xinwei’s original 2012 licence. The new licence awards came to light on 2 September, when the relevant resolutions were published in the government gazette; all concessions were technically issued on 29 July to a company known as ‘Xinwei Intelcom’.

Confusion over the rumoured sale of Guatemalan cableco Cablefusion continues to reign, with various Latin American news sites claiming that the business has been sold to Tigo Guatemala, allowing the latter to unveil its new triple-play ‘Tigo Star’ product bundle, which encompasses 20Mbps broadband, fixed telephony and pay-TV. As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate last week, the converged product bundle is now live in Guatemala City, Escuintla and Sacatepequez.

Also in Guatemala, Tigo has selected interconnect specialist Telarix to deploy its iXTools and iXLink products, providing end-to-end automation of Tigo’s wholesale network. The platforms provide a comprehensive end-to-end solution for the trading of business documents, in addition to the routing, billing, trading and settlement of a carrier’s network. The contract also covers Tigo’s operations in Bolivia.

Honduran telecoms watchdog Comision Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Conatel) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the country’s network operators, universities and service providers for the establishment of a national Internet Exchange Point (IXP), which is scheduled to launch in November 2014. In its press release, Conatel disclosed that some of the benefits of the implementation of a national IXP include: sovereignty of digital data, increased speeds and efficiency of information transmissions, increased number of internet service providers (ISPs) and lower costs of connectivity and digital services.

According to TeleSemana, Claro El Salvador (CTE Telecom) has invested USD100,000 to deploy free Wi-Fi connectivity in eight tourist areas across the country. The telco has deployed Wi-Fi zones in Antiguo Cuscatlan, Paseo El Carmen, Juayua, La Palma, Suchitoto, Sonsonate, Gambeta and Aeropuerto Internacional.