Facebook brings Internet.org app to Latin America

Facebook has chosen Colombia as the first Latin American market in which it offers its Internet.org app, providing a range of free basic online services to mobile users. Colombia is the fourth country in which Internet.org has been made available. …

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TCL confirms acquisition, will create a new Palm

China-based TCL Communication, the holding company of affordable mobile device vendor Alcatel OneTouch, has confirmed recent reports it has snapped up the Palm brand from HP. TCL said it is to create a new US-based company, Palm Inc., which will take ownership of the brand and development of mobile devices.

Telefonica, Ericsson bring 4G to Peruvian Amazon

Telefónica and Ericsson have collaborated on a project to bring 4G to Amazon’s Peruvians connecting schools, healthcare facilities and other public body entities to the internet. The two partners said this marks the first time LTE technology has been brought to the Amazon communities.

Entel, Ericsson claim first LatAm live APT700 test

Chilean operator Entel and infrastructure vendor Ericsson have completed what they said is the first Latin American live LTE network test over the APT700MHz spectrum. The trial involved the deployment of 10 test sites with equipment using the frequency band in Rancagua city in Chile.

Uber strikes partnership with America Movil, creates European dev team

Uber, the car-booking app maker, signed a deal with America Movil to bring the service to the Latin American operator group’s customer base in Mexico. In addition to the app featuring on Android devices used by America Movil subscribers, Telcel …

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Microsoft urges FCC to approve AT&T DirecTV bid

Microsoft has written to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging for its approval of AT&T’s bid for US and Latin American pay TV provider DirecTV.

AT&T to acquire DirecTV for $48.5bn

US carrier AT&T has announced plans to acquire US and Latin American pay TV player DirecTV in a deal valued at $48.5bn. The deal will create a service provider with an offering across mobile, broadband and video that is unprecedented in the market, AT&T said. The transaction, which also involves AT&T assuming $18.6bn in debt, should take a year to complete, the telco said.