As it turns out, Latin America and the Caribbean are not immune to the allure of the ever-expanding universe of digital content. Across the Latin American (Latam) and Caribbean region, privatization and liberalization are encouraging competition and innovation in communications services. Increased demand in Latin America and the Caribbean has investors focused on adding Tier-1 capacity and increasing services.
“As well as being an emerging financial marketplace, the increased purchasing power of consumers in the region has seen competition intensify between fixed and mobile operators jostling to become the broadband provider of choice,” states Edison De Leon, Regional Manager, Latam and Caribbean, at TeliaSonera International Carrier. “The bundling of formerly separate services, rapid adoption of smart phones and emerging applications such as cloud computing and outsourcing is expected to drive double-digit growth this year in communications traffic and investment.”
“In just the last few months we’ve been receiving a huge amount of interest in our global solutions,” he says. “This is due to the fact we are a Europe-based Tier-1 player who is financially stable, with the high availability, scale and performance required by customers needing to differentiate themselves in their markets.”
TeliaSonera International Carrier won the Best Next Generation Global Optical Network Service Provider 2012 Award at the 14th WDM and Optical networking Conference. The Tier-1 provider will add its expertise to deliver turnkey solutions to enhance IP Transit and submarine cable capacity for communications service providers.
By connecting the Latam and Caribbean region to the network access point (NAP) of the Americas, they will gain access to the most important data centers in New York, providing an accelerated gateway to the financial services industry, among others. New submarine cable systems and additional fiber are being added to support demand in areas surrounding regional gateways. Carrier Ethernet is being increasingly used to deliver greater bandwidth with better capacity for efficient growth.
De Leon points out that some cable operators selling capacity to the region need a Tier-1 partner in order to build a global solution for end users, most of whom are PTTs serving retail markets for broadband, cable TV and mobile. “These end users need an internet solution locally, as well as transport capacity from regional gateways to other US POPs.”
TeliaSonera International Carrier also offers collocation support for carriers in new markets. “We are already the partner of choice for many carriers expanding globally and can do the same for our partners in Latam and the Caribbean,” continues De Leon.
“Given the need for lower latency and improved performance to support the advanced applications and content being delivered, the fact that we already serve 172 million of our own mobile users in emerging markets means we understand both the demands of local players and the importance of high availability, performance and quality.”
TeliaSonera International Carrier is the only Tier-1 player based in Europe that operates its US fiber network and has the experience and expertise to serve emerging markets. “Our demonstrable track record in delivering good-quality services makes it a logical decision to develop stronger partnerships in the Latam and Caribbean region,” says De Leon.
“We are working with leading cable operators and local carriers and PTTs to integrate their capacity with that of our Tier-1 internet, wholesale voice and mobile SMS, IPX and GRX services globally. This ensures our partners deliver a complete connectivity solution to their end users, with one single point of contact and the highest quality – from the infrastructure to the managed service layer.”
TeliaSonera’s network is fully redundant with a fully-owned and operated fiber optic infrastructure that brings global content and carriers closer together. It is eager to bring increased connectivity to these emerging markets.