Panama Regulates Cellular Messaging

Regulators reminded companies of the late April deadline to comply with new guidelines for text messages.

Monday, February 21, 2011

By publishing Resolution No. 3887-AN Telco October 11, 2010, in the Official Newspaper, ASEP decided to order the concessionary companies that they must inform their customers or users on the right they have to receive or not, without any charges, commercial or promotional messages.

The above resolution states that the development of these technologies has been used to promote mass mailing to customers and users of mobile services, SMS and MMS, of commercial content and/or unsolicited advertising, which could be a breach of their right to privacy.

With this guideline mobile operators will have to send promotional messages between 8:00 am and 8:00 p.m. and only for those customers or users of the network which appear as active in the database. Also, operators cannot send their own messages or third-party messages to users of other mobile operators.

ASEP requires operators to maintain the status of receiving messages from every line active and historical records of requests or customer transactions or users of the network. Thus, historical records stored in the database for a user will be maintained in that database until the cell line is deactivated.

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Guatemala: New Telephony Products

September 2010

Company VNL & WorldGSM is marketing an antenna which offers basic telecommunication services at affordable prices

The friendly-sized product allows people to communicate from remote places, at low costs, indicated Anthony Varghese, sales manager.

The Hindu business is presenting the product to local distributors.

Costa Rica: $20 Million for Yellow Pages

January 2010

Racsa will offer its yellow pages information service via text messaging.

The project is jointly developed by state-owned
telecommunications companies Racsa and ICE.

Óscar Chacón, who heads the yellow pages project, told "ICE will develop the database infrastructure and Racsa will develop the required applications".

ICE Purchases SMS and MMS Content Platform

October 2009

The Costa Rican Electricity Institute has invited bids for a platform for delivering services and content via SMS and MMS.

According to the bidding rules, the budget is estimated at $1.028.000, distributed as follows: 2010 - $938.416; 2011, 2012 and 2013 - $25.000; 2014 - $14.583.

Netpeople Analyzes Panama Expansion

July 2009

The company offers services and products for mobile telephony, and is analyzing expanding its presence in Panama.

Netpeople has a development center in Venzuela, but, depending on the country's political stability, they could expand to Panama, informed Alejandro Carvallo, chief of technology.

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