2000 Americas Telecommunication Indicators 2000

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The report was published to coincide with ITU TELECOM AMERICAS 2000. The report reviews developments in developing countries of the Western Hemisphere (primarily Latin America but also the Caribbean) telecomunication sector. The report includes 60 pages of analysis of trends including privatization, mobile, the Internet, and regulatory and policy issues. Three annexes provide information on privatization, WTO commitments and Universal service policies. Five regional tables covering key telecommunication indicators for the years 1998 or 1999 are included as well as four tables showing the top ten telecommunication operators in Latin America by revenue, main lines, mobile subscribers and international traffic. A directory with names and websites of telecommunication ministries, regulators and operators in the region is also included.



The Mobile Juggernaut

The term privatization conjures up images of fixed telephone line companies on the auction block. Privatization in newer market segments, such as mobile cellular, is equally significant. Like the privatization of fixed-line companies, auctioning licenses for mobile cellular has been lucrative for the region’s governments. Over US$ 10 billion has been raised in Latin America from new mobile cellular licenses since 1990. In addition, mobile cellular operators make on-going payments for spectrum usage, taxes and other fees that help shore up government coffers and finance regulatory authorities.


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