Etecsa tests e-mail servers as Cubans experience poor service – Cuba
Cuba’s state-owned telco Etecsa has begun tests of its Nauta and Enet e-mail servers after users complained of poor service.
According to news portal Martí Noticias, Etecsa has performed tests in the past, but users around the country continue to experience problems, such as long loading times or the service simply not responding at all.
Etecsa argued that it has been making technical improvements to its e-mail servers, which have been to blame for the slowness in the service in recent weeks. Users complained that the telco did not offer any compensation for the failures, which represent a significant cost to Cubans since broadband is so expensive for most of them.
Network deals in brief: Telefónica-Accedian, Oi-Amdocs – Mexico, Regional
Spanish telco Telefónica has selected Canadian network performance company Accedian Networks to verify the quality and reliability of its network on a global basis, Accedian said in a statement.
Under the deal, Accedian will employ its technology to ensure quality-of-service (QoS) and reliability of Telefónica’s networks.
Accedian said its solution unifies QoS visibility over Telefónica’s multi-vendor metro and backhaul networks using a standards-based approach.
The amount involved was not disclosed. Accedian is headquartered in Quebec and has Latin America offices in Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Peru, as well as an R&D center in Brazil.
Brazilian telecoms carrier Oi has upgraded its business support systems (BSS) with customer management solutions provider Amdocs.
Amdocs’ BSS for Oi is based on Comverse Kenan technology. Amdocs recently announced the acquisition of the majority of Comverse’s BSS assets and will now be responsible for all aspects of Oi’s BSS systems.
Recently, Amdocs launched in the Mexican city of Guadalajara a new development and operations center to support customers in Latin and North America. The unit joins similar centers in South America, such as in São Carlos, Brazil.
Telefónica to sell UC, collaboration solutions with Unify – Regional
Telefónica Business Solutions has signed an agreement with software and solutions provider Unify to jointly sell unified communications and collaboration tools to Latin American companies and government agencies.
The partnership is aimed at helping companies migrate from traditional communications solutions to cloud-based solutions that imply efficiency gains and cost savings.
Clients will be able to access services such as instant messaging and presence control.
Earlier this month digital services provider Atos said it had agreed to buy Unify for 340mn euros (US$373mn) from Siemens and The Gores Group as part of a move to expand into corporate telephony.
The deal is expected to be finalized in the first quarter of 2016.
In recent months, Telefónica has been upping its game in moving towards becoming a digital telco, bolstering its cyber security offering and investing more in its IoT portfolio.
Last batch of Mexican channels to switch-off analog ahead of December 31 deadline – Mexico
Mexican telecom watchdog IFT has announced that 56 stations TV in seven states will turn off their analog TV signal on December 22 – the last group of channels to voluntarily switch fully over to digital before the mandatory national deadline of December 31.
The transport and communications ministry (SCT) announced that 90% of decoders and digital TV sets had been distributed, and therefore the analog signal will be turned off in Nochistlán, Fresnillo, Jalpa, Sombrerete, Valparaíso, Zacatecas, Concepción del Oro and Tlaltenango (Zacatecas state); Arizpe, Naco, Sonoyta and Puerto Peñasco (Sonora); Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Chetumal (Quintana Roo); Guadalupe Victoria, San Pedro, Santiago Papasquiaro and Durango (Durango); Ciudad Camargo, San Buenaventura, Ciudad Delicias and Nuevo Casas Grandes (Chihuahua); and Matehuala in San Luis Potosí, as well as several stations in Ciudad Acuña in Cohauila.
Mexico shared network auction to kick off end-January – Mexico
Mexico’s telecoms regulator IFT has set January 29 as the date it will launch the auction for the shared telecoms network that will use the 700MHz band and is designed to ensure the spread of broadband access across the country.
Starting that day, interested parties will be able to acquire the bidding rules.
BofA Merrill Lynch will act as advisor while Transparencia Mexicana, a chapter of Transparency International, will observe the process.
In September, the IFT and the country’s transport and communications ministry (SCT) published the requirements for the shared network auction, which include minimum financial figures and conditions on coverage.
Interested parties would have to demonstrate financial solidity, indicating assets worth 15bn pesos (US$890mn) and a projected model for the next 10 years.
During public consultations on the process, the IFT received comments from 39 industry players, including operators, equipment manufacturers, and service and infrastructure providers.
Many of the comments requested greater clarity and transparency in certain aspects of the project, including the size and geographical areas of deployment, as well as the need for a more definitive timeline. Other observers asked for more flexible requirements, as well as specific minimum bid prices.