Mobile Telecommunications Networks
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Mobile Telecommunications Networks

Restructuring as a Response to a Challenging Environment

Peter Curwen and Jason Whalley

During the past decade, no industry has grown faster than that of mobile communications, yet coverage of its operations remains scarce. This state-of-the-art book examines the evolving structure and strategic behaviour of the thirty largest operators in the mobile communications industry.
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Chapter 8: Structural and strategic adjustment among mobile operators in Latin America

Peter Curwen and Jason Whalley


Latin America is generally held to comprise the countries lying south of the US border together with the Falkland Islands. However, this is not a clear-cut matter because of the existence of the 25 or so groups of islands in the Caribbean. Among these are to be found Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, which are more sensibly treated as part of the USA for analytical purposes – and that is how they are treated in this book. That said, the analysis in this chapter concentrates on the countries on the mainland because the islands generally have too few subscribers to warrant consideration. The one obvious exception is the Dominican Republic, which had roughly 10 million subscribers at the end of 2012, but it is also necessary to draw Jamaica into the overall picture because of events linking it to other countries under discussion. As usual, events up until the end of 2007 are dealt with in considerable detail in Curwen and Whalley (2008) and do not warrant lengthy repetition. Nevertheless, it is important to bear in mind that the modern history of mobile provision in Latin America is inextricably linked with the decision by US-based operators such as the then BellSouth to turn aside from activities outside the USA in order to concentrate on the home market – events covered in Chapter 9. As discussed in Curwen and Whalley (2008: 148–9), a great deal of structural reorganisation took place with regard to the provision of mobile services in Latin America during 2003/04.

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