Vonage is furthering its push into the international services market, announcing that it has launched its consumer VoIP service in Brazil as part of a joint venture with Datora Telecom.
Telecom Italia CEO Marco Patuano has reportedly been so impressed by AT&T's ability to transform its business in recent years that he has sought advice from the U.S. company's CEO Randall Stephenson on how to change the fortunes of the struggling Italian operator.
Anatel, Brazil's telecom regulator, has put together a new working group to coordinate the migration from IPv4 to IPv6, reports Teletime.
Telecom Italia CEO Marco Patuano continued to stress that its Brazilian unit is an important asset for the company and said there are no discussions over selling the business.
Brazil regional service provider Sercomtel continues to see copper cable theft incidents rising in its service areas, reporting that thieves stole 1,724 meters of telephone cables in January alone.
Telefónica is planning to buy and then break up Tim Brasil together with local rivals América Móvil and Oi, according to a report in a report in Italian daily Il Sole 24 Ore. However, Telecom Italia issued a statement that it is "not aware of any offer for Tim Brasil" and reiterated that it regards its Brazilian unit as a strategic asset.
Brazil-based service providers spent $8 billion during the first nine months of 2013 to conduct network expansions, increase coverage and improve service quality, according to data from the Brazilian Telecommunications Association (Telebrasil).
Telefónica faces a difficult decision in Brazil after authorities there told the Spanish operator to sell assets in the country due to its growing influence over Telecom Italia, while a key shareholder in Telecom Italia said it opposed an enforced sale of TIM Brasil.
Brazil is one of America Movil's fastest growing wireline markets, the operator reported, as it added 1.1 million wireline pay-TV and broadband customer revenue generating units in the third quarter.
The resignation of Teleco Italia CEO Franco Bernabe has created the distinct possibility that Standard & Poor's will likely cut the carrier's debt rating to junk, according to a Bloomberg story.