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Televisa holds 12.3% of Mexico´s ICT market
Grupo Televisa has a 12.3% share in the Mexican ICT market, considering figures for the third quarter of 2019. In particular, Televisa Cable reaches a portion of 7.6%, while Sky covers 4.7% in this indicator. The dominant company is América Móvil with a 59.5% market share. They follow: AT&T (12.3%), Telefónica (5.7%) and Megacable (3.8%). The company faces competition in all of its activities, including television signal transmission, television advertising sales, cable, pay television, telecommunications, and other businesses. At the end of 2017, IFETEL completed the auction procedure for various licenses for open television broadcasting in Mexico. As a result, 13 groups and/or entities have a license (concession) to operate in various cities throughout Mexico. This will mainly result in additional competition for Televisa's local channels. In radio signal transmission, it competes with other radio stations in their respective markets. Among the main competitors are Grupo Radio Centro, NRM Comunicaciones and Grupo ACIR. With respect to advertising, the company's radio and television stations compete with other radio and television stations in their respective markets, as well as with other advertising media such as pay television, newspapers, magazines, internet and spectacular outdoor advertising. The DTH business faces competition from several competitors, including Dish Mexico, a DTH pay television platform, which launched its services in Mexico in late 2008, Start TV, a DTH pay television platform, Megacable, Total Play, cable television companies that are subsidiaries of the Company, as well as digital television platforms and OTT platforms. In addition, DTH's business competes with other media related to advertising and sales, including, among others, pay television, spectacular outdoor ads and publications. The cable industry in Mexico is proving to be highly competitive and the company faces significant competition. Most cable operators are authorized by the Mexican government to provide pay television, broadband Internet and voice services, including Voice over Internet Protocol or "VoIP" services, which represents a risk to the Company.   Source:https://www.milenio.com/
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Telefonica unveils operational overhaul, plans to spin off Hispanoamerica business
Madrid-based telecoms group Telefonica has unveiled a five-point ‘action plan’, which CEO Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete says will serve as a catalyst for the company’s future transformation. Going forward, the group lists its key objectives as follows: · To prioritise Spain, Brazil, the UK and Germany, as key markets in which Telefonica can provide differential value to its customers and grow in a sustainable manner; · To work towards an operational spin-off of its businesses in Hispanoamerica; · To launch a new Telefonica Tech unit to boost B2B growth in areas with greater potential (i.e. IoT, Big Data and Cloud); · To create a Telefonica Infra unit, to leverage the strength of its Telxius assets and develop alternative models of infrastructure deployment; and · To evolve its operating model to increase agility, speed up execution and maximize synergies between all Telefonica units. The most eye-catching aspect of the plan is the decision to spin-off its Latin American businesses (excluding Brazil) and Alvarez-Pallete writes: ‘Until a few years ago, our operations in Latin America were the driving force behind the company’s growth. However, the particular conditions in these markets have had an impact on the business, reducing its contribution in recent years for various reasons (macro and regulatory environment, greater competitive pressure, insufficient scale or volatility of currencies), and despite the enormous efforts of our local teams, which have always shown a strong commitment. This situation has led us to adopt a new model for these operations, which will now be managed as an autonomous unit with a dedicated team. With this step, we begin the review of our portfolio of assets in Hispanoamerica, with the dual objective of modulating our exposure to the region, while creating the conditions to maximize its value, both via growth, consolidation and potential corporate operations.’ Alfonso Gomez, currently responsible for Telefonica’s ‘Hispam Norte’ cluster, will lead the new Hispanoamerica unit. He was responsible for the recent wholesale deal with AT&T in Mexico, this year’s sale of Telefonica’s Central American units and for the successful restructuring of Colombia Telecom while he was CEO. The unit will comprise Telefonica’s operations in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador and Venezuela. Telefonica is confident that these measures will generate more than US $2.2 billion of additional revenues by 2022.   Source:https://www2.telegeography.com/
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Telefonica and AT&T team up in Mexico against Carlos Slim´s telecoms emporium
Spanish telecoms giant Telefónica has struck a deal to use some of U.S. rival AT&T´s infrastructure in Mexico, a move analyst said would better position both to compete with the market´s juggernaut, billionaire Carlos Slim´s America Móvil. Under the agreement announced, Telefónica will use AT&T´s wireless “last-mile” equipment – the final link of telecom networks that delivers service to consumer through towers, antennas and fiber-optic cables. After a three-year transition period, Telefónica will see savings of US $253 million per year, as well as a reduction in net debt of US $550 million. Analysts framed the deal as a lifeline for Telefónica in Mexico, where the company has long struggled to gain traction. Despite a 2013-2014 reform intended to lessen its dominance, America Movil still holds nearly 2/3 of the mobile lines in Mexico, according to data from telecoms regulator IFT. AT&T, too, has failed to significantly dent America Movil´s market share since it spent billions to enter the country in 2015 by buying two local carriers. The agreement will give both Telefónica and AT&T a boost in a brutally competitive market, said Roger Entner, an analyst at Recon Analytics.   Source:https://www.reuters.com/places/mexico
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PayPal Mexico is the 2nd leading market in mobile commerce
57% of Mexican consumers surveyed prefer to make their purchases through mobile devices, these transactions represent 41% of total online sales volume. The number in the app payments category is slightly higher in Mexico than in other key markets, where 54% of respondents said PayPal is more secure than other forms of payment. Mexico is one of the top markets for mobile purchases (only below India) showing that 57% of consumers prefer to buy through portable devices, compared to the global average figure of 43%, and 51% use PayPal as a payment method for online purchases. Faced with this, 60% of merchants say they are already optimized to receive payments online, very close to the average figure of 63% of other markets, and 2 out of 5 merchants say that purchases through mobile are a priority, according to the study "Panorama del E-Commerce en México" commissioned to Ipsos by PayPal. The study, applied in 11 world markets, had the participation of approximately 22,000 consumers and 4,603 directors or business owners to know the panorama of mobile commerce. Below are the most important findings of the study for Mexico: While 78% of all respondents use mobile devices to make purchases, only 63% of businesses are optimized to be displayed on smartphones or tablets. In Mexico, for example, 42% of businesses consider optimizing their sites for mobile is a priority within 12 months.   75% of Mexican consumers look for products or services on the web daily compared to the world average of 56%. Millennials have the same habit (79%), which coincides with certain behaviors that indicate that this population frequently carries its cell phone most of the time since they see it as an important connection with the world. As for their shopping habits, 18% say they shop from their smartphones when they are physically in stores, 17% when they go out with friends and only 9% make mobile purchases spontaneously. Debit cards are the most widely used payment method (62%) for mobile purchases, followed by PayPal (51%) and credit cards (41%). Among the main online payment methods accepted by the surveyed merchants are debit, credit, PayPal and bank transfer (SPEI) cards.   Source:https://www.amvo.org.mx/
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FPT Software successfully demonstrates autonomous driving technology
FPT Software announced on October 31 its successful pilot demonstration of autonomous driving technologies at Ecopark, an urban township 20 km east of Hanoi. The demonstration was carried out as the company had pledged in an agreement with Yamaha and Ecopark last April. The Yamaha electric golf car, after having been upgraded with FPT Software’s latest autonomous technologies, completed a full journey of 4 km around Ecopark without human interaction. The route was designed with five bus stops and various cross-sections to form a slightly challenging environment for the vehicle. As users booked trips via a mobile app, the vehicle automatically calculated the most optimal route and prioritized passengers in chronological order. It also managed to detect and avoid obstacles / vehicles along the way, as well as pick up and drop off passengers with 100 per cent accuracy. When there were no passengers onboard, the vehicle returned to the starting point and handled the auto-parking function entirely on its own. These features are equivalent to Level 3 - “Highly Automated Driving” - as defined by the US-based Society of Automotive Engineers. According to FPT Software Chairman Hoang Nam Tien, this successful demonstration is a major milestone towards making self-driving vehicles a reality, with the potential to transform mobility across urban areas, airports, and luxury resorts, etc. FPT Software is proud to be one of the first companies in Southeast Asia to drive autonomous technologies forward. At the event he also invited the public to experience highly-automated vehicles firsthand on FPT Tech Day, scheduled for November 21 at the National Convention Center in Hanoi. “For the first time, vehicles integrated with FPT Software’s Made-in Vietnam autonomous technologies will become ‘Transporters’ at FPT Tech Day 2019,” he said. “We are delighted to see that the demonstration was a success,” said Mr. Nguyen Dung Minh, Deputy General Director of Ecopark. “Going forward, we will seriously consider adopting autonomous driving technologies to offer our residents a better living experience.” “We look to leverage the power of digital technologies to become a world-class smart city. Ecopark residents will be the first to experience the latest technology advancements, modern facilities, high-quality management services, as well as solutions to use resources effectively.” FPT Software introduced its first autonomous vehicle in October 2017 based on in-depth research and capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, the Internet of Vehicles, cloud computing, and image processing, etc. The company has successfully tested autonomous technologies on four-seat passenger cars and electric golf cars around local high-tech zones and its own campus. It is also developing an autonomous mobility solution with advanced features such as on-board diagnostics (OBD) and over-the-air (OTA) software updates to optimize transportation costs and time. With these solutions, the company looks to continue reinforcing its position as a digital transformation pioneer and becoming a world-leading digital transformation services provider within a decade.   Source: http://www.vneconomictimes.com/article/business/fpt-software-successfully-demonstrates-autonomous-driving-technology

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