BY CHRONICLE STAFF
After the smashing debut in
On Friday, August 22, America Movil will launch the popular phone in 10 markets, while Telefonica will launch in eight markets. That means the two operators will go head to head in eight markets, including
However, despite the buzz around the iPhone specifically and 3G services in general, it will only be with a massive distribution of affordable third-generation phones that the 3G market will start taking off in Latin America, experts say. And that may not happen until 2010.
“As from 2010…a possible reduction in the cost of handsets will provide the value added services (VAS) offering with a new dynamic in the region’s most developed markets:
As a result, 3G service revenues should reach more than $5 billion in 2010 and jump to $36 billion in 2013, Signals forecasts. That compares with less than a $1 billion today.
FROM MESSAGING TO 3G
Meanwhile, also basic technology such as text messaging will grow strongly and help operators with their bottom line. Latin American revenues from messaging will reach...