Xiaomi to push into Brazil, Russia this year

January 16, 2015

Eva Dou – The Wall Street Journal, 01/16/2015

A top Xiaomi Corp. executive on Friday renewed the Chinese company’s pledge to sell its fast-moving phones in Russia, Brazil and parts of Southeast Asia. Success could depend on whether it can find local versions of Gong Huaipeng.

Mr. Gong, a 28-year-old power plant employee who lives in the eastern Chinese city of Jinan, has bought just about every type of Xiaomi smartphone since the startup began selling them four years ago. He was in Beijing this week for his first Xiaomi product-debut event, at which it launched a larger smartphone that appears to be aimed at Apple Inc.’s newest iPhone.

To win one of the 1,100 seats for fans, which cost about $16, Mr. Gong last week hovered over his computer waiting for ticket sales to begin. “I really admire Chairman Lei for his innovation,” said Mr. Gong, speaking of Lei Jun, the company’s founder and chairman. “I admire the way he thinks.”

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Brazil, Germany debut UN web privacy resolution

November 7, 2013

Peter James Spielmann – The Associated Press, 11/07/2013

Brazil and Germany are presenting a resolution to the U.N. General Assembly urging all countries to extend internationally guaranteed privacy rights to the Internet and other electronic communications.

The proposed resolution follows a series of reports of U.S. eavesdropping on foreign leaders, including Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, that have angered U.S. allies.

The ambassadors of Germany and Brazil are publicly introducing their jointly sponsored resolution Thursday afternoon to the General Assembly committee that deals with human rights.

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Software, services to drive Brazil’s IT spend in 2014

November 5, 2013

Pedro Ozores – BNAmericas, 11/05/2013

IT spending in Brazil is expected to reach nearly US$130bn in 2014, up 3.6% from the projected US$125bn for 2013, according to US IT consultancy and research firm Gartner.

In terms of segments, telecoms services should again lead IT expenditure, accounting for 60%, or US$78bn, of the total, for a 1.8% increase from 2013. The largest growth in spending, however, is expected in IT services which is expected to reach US$21.2bn next year, up 11.2% y-o-y.

Regarding the other sectors, spending in the devices segment (including PCs, tablets, mobile phones and printers) is expected to reach US$22.4bn in 2014, for a 1.7% increase from 2013. Datacenter system spending is forecast to grow by 4.9% to US$3.2bn, with software spending to rise 9.2% to US$5bn.

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NSA surveillance may cause breakup of internet, warn experts

November 1, 2013

Matthew Taylor, Nick Hopkins & Jemima Kiss – The Guardian, 11/01/2013

The vast scale of online surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden is leading to the breakup of the internet as countries scramble to protect private or commercially sensitive emails and phone records from UK and US security services, according to experts and academics.

They say moves by countries, such as Brazil and Germany, to encourage regional online traffic to be routed locally rather than through the US are likely to be the first steps in a fundamental shift in the way the internet works. The change could potentially hinder economic growth.

“States may have few other options than to follow in Brazil’s path,” said Ian Brown, from the Oxford Internet Institute. “This would be expensive, and likely to reduce the rapid rate of innovation that has driven the development of the internet to date … But if states cannot trust that their citizens’ personal data – as well as sensitive commercial and government information – will not otherwise be swept up in giant surveillance operations, this may be a price they are willing to pay.”

Brazil’s Anatel orders Tim to suspend infinity day promotion

November 16, 2012

Matthew Malinowski, Telma Marrotto – Bloomberg Businessweek, 11/16/2012

Brazil’s telecommunication regulator Anatel ordered Tim Participacoes SA (TIT) to suspend its Infinity Day Promotion because of concerns over its quality of service.

The Infinity Day Promotion consists of unlimited calls at a fixed price for 24 hours between telephones operated by Tim. The company said it disagrees with Anatel decision as there is no evidence of “any potential of network instability,” according to an e-mailed statement.

Tim executives “are ready for a clarification meeting with Anatel in Brasilia,” the company said in the statement. Shares fell 3.7 percent to 7.72 reais in Sao Paulo, the second-worst performer among members of the benchmark Bovespa index.

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Brazil’s TIM faces new government scrutiny over science

November 16, 2012

Sergio Spagnuolo – Reuters, 11/16/20123

Brazilian telecom regulator Anatel on Friday ordered TIM Participacoes, the nation’s No. 2 wireless carrier, to stop selling a flat-rate promotional plan with unlimited calls per day because of concerns about service quality.

It was the latest in a series of regulatory setbacks for the Brazilian unit of Telecom Italia. In July, Anatel banned TIM’s sales in 19 states for nearly two weeks until the company presented an investment plan to improve service.

TIM started selling its “Infinity Day” promotion on Monday, allowing customers to make unlimited local phone calls within the carrier’s network for a flat daily rate of 0.50 real ($0.24) and unlimited long-distance calls for an additional 0.50 real a day.

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Brazil receives communications help

June 14, 2011

UPI, 06/13/2011

Brazil’s armed forces are receiving rapid deployment, satellite communications systems from a local subsidiary of Spanish company Indra.

The contract, awarded through public tender, is worth about $5 million, the company said.

Under the order, Indra is delivering light-weight, portable fly-away satellite communications systems that guarantee satellite communications from distant locations.

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