CANTO Weekly Newsletter – BNAmericas

CANTO Weekly Newsletter – BNAmericas

Thursday, November 9, 2017
ICT tender watch: Colombia dedicated link, Dominican Rep IT equipment – Colombia, Dominican R.

Logicalis expands LAtAm footprint to Caribbean – Regional

Russian firm to launch cybersecurity center in Cuba – Cuba

Cuba could complete digital switchover by 2023 – Cuba

Etecsa, UTS ink agreement to improve internet in Cuba – Cuba

 

ICT tender watch: Colombia dedicated link, Dominican Rep IT equipment – Colombia, Dominican R.

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights is inviting eligible companies to present quotations for the provision of dedicated internet lines for the high commissioner’s offices in Colombia.

According to a notice, the service will consist of a wide area network (WAN) with 40Mbps output in the Bogotá office that will connect the remaining 14 offices.

A single supplier will be awarded a contract for 12 months that could be extended for a maximum of three years, depending on the office’s needs and available resources, as well as the supplier’s performance.

Proposals must be submitted by November 20 at 4:00pm Bogotá time at the address below.

Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD)

Avenida Calle 82 No. 10-62 Piso 3 Oficina de Registro, Bogotá, Colombia

Email contact: licitaciones.col3@undp.org

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The United Nations Development Program UNDP is carrying out a tender on behalf of Dominican Republic student wellbeing organism Inabie for the provision of IT equipment.

The selected company will provide 15 desktop computers, an external hard drive with 16TB capacity, a fiber channel switch and a unified threat management firewall, among other products.

The UNDP issued a statement informing interested parties that the deadline is now November 15 at 4:00pm local Santo Domingo time.

Proposals must be sent to adquisiciones.do@undp.org and should not exceed 5MB.

Logicalis expands LAtAm footprint to Caribbean – Regional

UK ICT systems integrator Logicalis has expanded its footprint in Latin America by launching operations in Puerto Rico, its first operation in the Caribbean.

The new structure will serve customers in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the region who are expanding their operations, according to the company.

Logicalis also said that the company is committed to and will work with partners on the reconstruction of the telecom and technology infrastructure in Puerto Rico, which was badly damaged by recent hurricanes.

With the new operation, Logicalis now reaches 11 Latin American markets: Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico and Uruguay.

“The Latin American operation is increasingly relevant to the company, not only financially, but also in regards to the development of innovative solutions, which are even being exported to other continents,” Logicalis Latin American CEO Rodrigo Parreira said in a statement.

In the last fiscal year ended February 28 this year, the company’s Latin American revenues amounted to US$424mn, which was a 2.1% year-on-year increase.

Russian firm to launch cybersecurity center in Cuba – Cuba

Cuban state-run software company Softel partnered with Russian IT firm Inoventica Technologies to build a regional cybersecurity center in Havana.

The companies signed a three-year agreement that includes the construction of the center, which will start operations in January and will focus on implementing Inoventica’s InvGuard network protection system.

According to the agreement, Softel will promote InvGuard in Latin America. For its part, Inoventica will promote Softel’s virtualization management platform Integro in Russia and third countries, reported daily Diario de Cuba.

Vitaly Slizen, director general of Inoventica, said Softel reports annual revenues of US$6mn, a figure that is expected to reach US$100mn as a result of the collaboration between both companies.

The executive added that Inoventica will implement its network protection technology in a pilot program with Cuban state-controlled telco Etecsa.

Cuba has been working on updating the regulations for its software industry, creating future opportunities for Softel in areas such as software-based administration and telematic systems.

Cuba could complete digital switchover by 2023 – Cuba

Cuba has advanced in its transition to digital terrestrial television (DTT), a process that will conclude with an analogue blackout that experts believe could take place in 2023.

Hugo Andrés Fernández, an engineer at state-run IT group GEIC, said during an event in Havana that DTT signals currently cover 60% of Cuban territory and 70% of the population. According to Fernández, it is likely that coverage could reach 100% within six years, which would facilitate the analogue blackout, reported local dailies.

Fernández said that since Cuba began working on its digital switchover in 2013, some 108 digital signal transmitters have been deployed on the island. In addition, Cuba reported having 1.5mn set-top boxes and 230,000 televisions with hybrid signal reception in September.

Nonetheless, the figure is considerably below the 3.5mn television sets recorded in 2012. Cuba also has to overcome physical limitations in transmission centers, in additiion to freeing up spectrum and addressing the country’s scarcity of set-top boxes.

Etecsa, UTS ink agreement to improve internet in Cuba – Cuba

Cuban state-run telco Etecsa and Curaçao-based United Telecommunication Services (UTS) inked an agreement aimed at increasing internet bandwidth in Cuba.

The agreement will give Etecsa access to UTS’s submarine fiber optic network, which multiple international operators can access directly, reported media outlet CubaSí.

Paul de Geus, president of UTS, said his company will also offer roaming services in Cuba for customers who request the service, regardless of their country of origin.

Neither telco specified how much bandwidth would increase in Cuba, where residential internet plans have download speeds of 2Mbps and upload speeds of 256Kbps.

Negotiations between Etecsa and UTS lasted for eight months and were the result of a commercial memorandum of understanding signed by both countries in October last year.