South American telecoms markets are naturally on my mind as I prepare to head for Rio de Janeiro on Saturday afternoon, heading out early to prepare for our two day Americas Com conference and exhibition on 9-10 September.
So the item of commentary which caught my eye first this morning was an outline of a new BuddeCom report which indicates that Chile is no longer the leading South American market in terms of of mobile penetration, having been overtaken by Argentina and Uruguay. A more positive aspect of the Chilean mobile market, according to the report, is a boost in ARPU, attributed by the author to expanding data services and a growth in the perecentage of subscribers on post-paid plans.
As further markets deploy 3G networks and roll out commercial mobile broadband services in earnest, delegates at next week's conference may look to the Chilean example for guidance. I'd like to remind all telecoms opeator readers once again - attendance at Americas Com is free of charge for you, so do please register online if you can make it to Rio next week: