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Prysmian Group announces creation of a new regional Centre of Excellence...

Once fully operational, it will be a competitive hub to serve the local wire and cable market, and will increase product exports in the regionMilan and São Paulo, 10 April 2017 - Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, announces the creation of its new global Centre of Excellence for Latin America.

The project, launched worldwide this month and involving a total investment of €45 million, is the confirmation of... Source: RealWire

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MercadoPago chooses Naka Mobile for IoT connectivity

Latin America’s largest online payment provider goes live with 25,000 PoS terminals in BrazilBuchs, Switzerland, 14 March 2017 – Naka Mobile, a global mobile telecommunication and technology company, today announced that MercadoPago, the leading Latin America- based online payment provider has gone live with Naka Mobile’s IoT mobile connectivity across Brazil.

Built with Geo localisation capabilities for added security, the Naka Mobile IoT SIM is currently live in 25,000 point of sale (PoS) terminals in... Source: RealWire

Wikileaks publishes docs from what it says is trove of CIA...

Docs claim CIA can defeat WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram encryption, among other apps.

After legal settlement, Redflex’s six-month losses jump by nearly 10X

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has also loaned the red light camera firm $7.5M.

eShore Partners With PhishMe To Enhance Security Defence

New Partnership Allows Customers To Leverage Human Anti-Phishing Solutions Alongside eShore’s Proven Cloud Security Services In the Caribbean, Bermuda and Latin AmericaLocation: George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Leading email and data security firm eShore Ltd (www.eshoreltd.com), today announced a new partnership with PhishMe, to resell and deliver human phishing defense solutions to organisations in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Latin America.

Collaboration between the two security innovators will arm organisations with powerful anti-phishing security services,... Source: RealWire

Iskratel empowers local operators with newly-launched Partner Program

Kranj, Slovenia, February 2, 2017 – Iskratel, the leading European infocommunications vendor and solutions provider, will help operators in emerging markets become broadband leaders within their communities when it officially launches its Partner Program at FTTH Conference 2017.The program – which has already seen collaboration with a number of companies from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America – provides support across a range of areas to enable companies to grow into market leaders by reselling... Source: RealWire

Woman, prosecuted for ceviche sales on Facebook, settles with DA

Mariza Ruelas: "I feel like I won.

There's no misdemeanor.
I didn’t plea to nothing."

WatchGuard Threat Detection and Response Adds Complete Network and Endpoint Visibility...

New ThreatSync correlation and scoring engine automates malware detection and remediation with real-time data from networks, endpoints and cloud intelligence24 January 2017 – WatchGuard® Technologies today announced Threat Detection and Response (TDR), a new cloud-based service that gives small and midsize businesses (SMBs), distributed enterprises and managed security service providers (MSSPs) the ability to detect advanced threats on endpoints, correlate this with data collected from the network and respond immediately. Now available with the WatchGuard Total Security Suite (TSS), TDR pairs detection and response capabilities on the endpoint with a comprehensive set of Unified Threat Management (UTM) network security services. WatchGuard TDR “As cyber criminals continue to leverage increasingly varied and sophisticated threat vectors, many companies’ endpoints represent under-secured, unnecessary risks for customers, partners and internal users,” said Andrew Young, SVP of product management at WatchGuard. “By correlating our enterprise-grade network security services with data collected from each individual device, WatchGuard can now provide actionable intelligence that enables comprehensive security from the network to the endpoint.”TDR allows organisations to protect themselves from cyber threats by correlating events from their UTM appliances and their endpoints. This pinpoints malicious behaviour by using heuristics and threat intelligence and scores them by risk and severity. TDR also enables MSSPs and Value-added Resellers (VARs) to increase the value of their product and service offerings with the ability to provide detection, correlation and response services from the network to the endpoint; manage countless subscriber accounts with ease; and offer a single, comprehensive security solution through the Total Security Suite. “Threat Detection and Response tightly and easily integrates with network defences to add powerful correlation capabilities,” said Dave Ashton, Sales Director at WatchGuard channel partner Sec-1 Limited. “The correlated detection and automated response features add a missing layer to the security stack which will enable our customers to immediately detect infections, such as Ransomware, APTs, Trojans and keyloggers, automatically preventing them from spreading within the network." The new service includes the following features and benefits: ThreatSync – provides real-time threat detection and policy-based automated response through cloud-based correlation and scoring. It consumes event data from Firebox appliances, Host Sensors on endpoints and cloud threat intelligence feeds, correlates the data to generate comprehensive threat scores and initiates automatic malware response tactics. This intelligent prioritisation of each individual threat based on its overall level of risk ultimately allows organisations to decrease time to detection and remediation. Lightweight Host Sensors – extends organisations’ visibility and management to the endpoint by continuously scanning and monitoring security events on devices and sending them back to ThreatSync for analysis, scoring and remediation. Previously a frustrating security blind spot for most organisations, this constant flow of data from devices beyond the traditional network perimeter allows users to visualise and address endpoint threats. UTM Network Security Services – adds yet another layer of intelligence into the correlation and scoring process. WatchGuard Firebox M Series, T Series and XTMv appliances, as well as existing TSS services like APT Blocker, WebBlocker, Reputation Enabled Defense and Gateway AntiVirus, also pass threat data through ThreatSync. Host Ransomware Prevention (HRP) module – enables industry-leading prevention against ransomware attacks. HRP, along with the advanced malware protection provided through APT Blocker, blocks the execution of ransomware before file encryption takes place on the endpoint, mitigating the ransomware attack before any damage is done. Additional Security Layer to Existing Antivirus (AV) – means that users or MSSPs don’t need to replace existing AV solutions already deployed. TDR works in tandem with existing AV, bringing an additional, powerful layer of threat detection and event correlation to catch anything that AV might miss or be unable to remediate. AVAILABILITYThreat Detection and Response Service is now available as part of the WatchGuard Total Security Suite. For more information, visit www.watchguard.com/TDR. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES About WatchGuard TechnologiesWatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader in network security, providing best-in-class Unified Threat Management, Next Generation Firewall, secure Wi-Fi, and network intelligence products and services to more than 75,000 customers worldwide. The company’s mission is to make enterprise-grade security accessible to companies of all types and sizes through simplicity, making WatchGuard an ideal solution for Distributed Enterprises and SMBs. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit WatchGuard.com. For additional information, promotions and updates, follow WatchGuard on Twitter, @WatchGuard on Facebook, or on the LinkedIn Company page. Also, visit our InfoSec blog, Secplicity, for real-time information about the latest threats and how to cope with them at www.secplicity.org. Contacts:Rowena Case, WatchGuard Technologies0203 608 9070, ukmarketing@watchguard.com Peter Rennison, PRPR01442 245030, pr@prpr.co.uk

Evolved Intelligence announces they are working with Oi, Brazil and breaking...

Press Release Evolved Intelligence today announced that they are working with Oi, one of the largest telecom companies in Brazil and South America. Oi have selected Welcome SMS from Evolved Intelligence and their Steering of Roaming service, which will allow them to decide which of their partners will be used by their roaming subscribers. Peter Blackie, Evolved Intelligence’s Commercial Director, said: ‘At Evolved Intelligence we pride ourselves on being able to install every one of our products smoothly.
In this case, we were able to exceed our own standards by successfully taking the Steering of Roaming service live only a week after receiving the order.

Together with our partner Comfone, we provide fully hosted and managed roaming applications, which enable the implementation of our services to be completed cost-effectively in a matter of days, with no network disruption.

Comfone is one of the largest roaming signalling providers in the world and is supplying 100% of the signalling to Oi. Having close partnerships with the leading signalling vendors allows us to implement a wide range of roaming, fraud and security applications for mobile operators through simple configuration’. Steve Buck, Evolved Intelligence’s Product Director, explained: ‘Steering of Roaming is a vital tool for any operator looking to maximise roaming revenue. Oi and their customers will be able to take advantage of better prices from partners, and to select them based on network quality.

This will greatly improve Oi’s customers’ experience as they will no longer be steered onto poor quality networks, or encounter delays in acquiring a network - for example when on a fast-moving train or on coverage borders'. For over 8 years Evolved Intelligence has supplied a complete range of value added services for mobile operators looking to maximise their roaming business.

Alongside Steering of Roaming they also provide Welcome Messaging, Dialled Number Correction, Border and National roaming, Silent Roamers and Roamer Service Control which all boost revenue and improve the customer roaming experience. About Evolved IntelligenceEvolved Intelligence provides roaming, fraud and security solutions to mobile phone operators and signalling providers world-wide.
Solutions are powered by a unique architecture which allows network intelligence to be sited remotely from the network core.

Evolved Intelligence has more than 60 service implementations in more than 40 operators.

The company’s solutions are also available from several leading signalling providers.

Evolved Intelligence is based in Bristol, UK and was formed in 2007. www.evolved-intelligence.com About Comfone AGSwiss quality, precision and personalised service are three features on which Comfone has built the foundation for providing a complete portfolio of first class mobile roaming services. With our Headquarters in Bern, Switzerland and regional offices covering Europe, Latin & North America, Central Asia and Asia Pacific, we are well positioned to serve our global customer base of 500+ customers in over 200+ countries. www.comfone.com Press contactSara Peake, Head of Marketing at Evolved Intelligence

Ipswitch Opens Permanent Office in Galway to Accommodate Business Growth

IT Management Software Company Ipswitch Expands EMEA Operations to Provide Sales, Channel and Operations Support

November 14, 2016 – Galway.
IT and network management software company Ipswitch today announced it has opened a permanent EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) centre of excellence at Citypoint, Galway, Ireland.

The permanent office location signifies a substantial investment for the company and supports its EMEA growth strategy.

Twelve research and development, sales and technical support team members will initially move in with a plan to increase headcount up to 60 in line with the positions announced in March 2016.

The expanded EMEA core team, based in Galway, will provide local language and local time zone technical and sales support to their in-country partners and customers across Europe.

They will also provide central support for the company’s in-country teams across Germany, UK, France, Italy and the Middle East.

The centre will host a dedicated partner and customer demonstration suite for sales, which will facilitate events and training.

Ipswitch plans to hire skilled employees from within the local community to facilitate its growth.

The company is partnering closely with both the National University of Ireland Galway and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology Business & Computer Science faculties for graduate opportunities.

Michael Hack, SVP of EMEA Operations commented: “In October 2015 we set an aggressive target to double our EMEA business by 2018. We’re on track and seeing double digit growth.

Then in March 2016, when we first set up a support and operations centre in Ireland in shared offices where we planned to hire nine people by the end of 2016. Under John McArdle’s leadership, Ipswitch EMEA Channel Director, we’re already well ahead of plan with 12 employees within several functions including R&D, technical support, sales and technical writing roles. We have a further two additional positions approved to hire this year, which will bring the office to 14 employees or 55% higher that our original plan.

This fast track growth now means that Ipswitch needs a permanent office space that we can expand into. We plan to create the announced 60 jobs that will be based in the new Galway office over the next five years.

“The opening of our state of the art office in a prime city centre location will allow us to scale to grow the needs of our large client base and attract the talent we need for our business. Having a dedicated senior and technical team in the heart of Europe will have a big impact on the level of support and business development we can offer our partner network and customers across the region, ultimately driving growth.”

The development is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through IDA Ireland.

The privately owned company which has its headquarters in Lexington, Massachusetts, employs over 300 people in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Ipswitch software has been installed on more than 150,000 networks in 168 countries, with customers including Hamleys, NHS Wales, Cambridgeshire County Council and Community Integrated Care.
Ipswitch already has research and development centres in Germany, Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia, and Madison, Wisconsin.

Ipswitch IT and network management software provides secure control over business transactions, applications and infrastructure.

The vendor’s unified infrastructure and applications monitoring software provides end-to-end insight, is staggeringly flexible and simple to deploy.
Its information security and managed file transfer solutions enable secure, automated and compliant business transactions and file transfers for millions of users.

Performing the official opening at the company’s new offices this afternoon, the Mayor of Galway, Councillor Noel Larkin, said: “This move by the company to these larger, permanent premises represents a substantial investment and commitment by the company to Galway city and region.
I am pleased that the region’s talented local workforce and supportive business environment has helped Ipswitch get off to a strong start here and I wish them every success in the future.”

IDA’s Regional Business Development Manager for the West, Catherina Blewitt, said: “IDA is delighted to see Ipswitch confirm its commitment to Galway with this move to permanent offices, allowing the company to grow its staff up to the full complement of 60 jobs announced in March and allowing scope for further growth.

The arrival of this global IT management software company has added considerably to the region’s reputation as a major technology hub. We look forward to supporting the company in its future growth and wish them continued success here.”

More information on the new roles can be obtained here: https://jobs.ipswitch.com/ or jobs@ipswitch.com

About Ipswitch
Today’s hard-working IT teams are relied upon to manage increasing complexity and deliver near-zero downtime.
Ipswitch IT and network management software helps them succeed by enabling secure control of business transactions, applications and infrastructure.
Ipswitch software is powerful, flexible and easy to try, buy and use.

The company’s software helps teams shine by delivering 24/7 performance and security across cloud, virtual and network environments.
Ipswitch Unified Infrastructure and Applications Monitoring software provides end-to-end insight, is extremely flexible and simple to deploy.

The company’s Information Security and Managed File Transfer solutions enable secure, automated and compliant business transactions and file transfers for millions of users.
Ipswitch powers more than 150,000 networks spanning 168 countries, and is based in Lexington, Mass., with offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.

For more information, please visit http://www.ipswitch.com/, or connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

For more information:

Rebecca Orr or Charlotte Hanson
Office: +44 (0) 1252 717 040

IDA Ireland:
Ellen Lynch, Regional Communications, Press & PR Executive +353 874112084 ellen.lynch@ida.ie

AT&T/Time Warner seems headed for FCC review, whether AT&T likes it...

Enlarge / AT&T will own a bunch of new media properties if it is allowed to buy Time Warner.Aurich Lawson reader comments 20 Share this story AT&T has suggested that it might not need Federal Communications Commission approval of its purchase of Time Warner Inc., but that may just be wishful thinking. Some news organizations have reported that Time Warner has only one FCC license, for a TV station in Atlanta, and that the AT&T/Time Warner merger wouldn't be reviewed by the FCC if Time Warner sells that TV station to a third party.

That is not correct, however.

Time Warner programmers such as HBO, CNN, and Turner Broadcasting System also have dozens of FCC licenses that let them upload video to satellites used by pay-TV companies. These licenses are crucial for distributing video to cable TV providers.
It isn't only satellite TV companies like Dish or the AT&T-owned DirecTV that use satellites to send programmers' video to consumers' homes—even cable companies like Comcast use what's called a "headend in the sky" to receive and distribute video. The FCC's list of active satellite Earth station licenses shows that CNN America has 36 such licenses covering operations at specific locations. HBO and HBO Latin America have a combined seven licenses, and Turner Broadcasting System has 14 licenses.

That's 57 licenses that could trigger an FCC review. Licenses for some of the same locations were part of the FCC's review of Time Warner's merger with AOL in 2001. AT&T would love to avoid an FCC review, which in the past has killed deals such as AT&T/T-Mobile and Comcast/Time Warner Cable. (Note that Time Warner and Time Warner Cable are completely separate entities and that Time Warner Cable is not involved in the AT&T deal.) AT&T's announcement of its Time Warner deal said that the companies are still "determining which FCC licenses, if any, will be transferred to AT&T in connection with the transaction," suggesting that it may not need to seek FCC approval of license transfers at all. While the Department of Justice could sue to block the AT&T/Time Warner merger on antitrust grounds, the FCC reviews deals based on a "public interest" standard that forces the merging companies to prove that the deal is good for consumers. Application is required but hasn’t been filed yet The FCC hasn't commented specifically on AT&T/Time Warner, but an FCC spokesperson told Ars today that transfer of the satellite Earth station licenses would require the companies to file an application for transfer.

The FCC would perform a public interest review that includes giving the public plenty of time to comment on the proposed transaction, just as the FCC has done with other major mergers. While Time Warner could sell off the properties with the licenses, that also would require an application to the FCC and trigger a public interest review.
Such a move might not make sense in either a business or regulatory sense. "If we're talking about licenses integral to their businesses, trying to divest them to avoid FCC approval smacks of evasions, and I think the FCC would look askance at such an effort," one industry lawyer who spoke with Ars earlier this week said. While most license transfer reviews are simple, unopposed, and processed quickly, significant transactions are reviewed thoroughly. The FCC has not yet received an application for license transfers from Time Warner to AT&T, but it isn't unusual for there to be some time between the announcement of a merger and the application filing, a commission spokesperson said. AT&T has said it expects the FCC to have "a seat at that table" when the Department of Justice does an antitrust review.

But AT&T still hasn't publicly committed to seeking FCC approval for license transfers, and the company has not answered our questions this week. (UPDATE: AT&T responded to us after this story published.

The company repeated its earlier statement that it is still determining whether any Time Warner licenses will be transferred to AT&T, adding, "We take a very simple approach here: we follow the law and so whatever the law requires, that's always what we'll do.") An FCC review wouldn't necessarily sink AT&T's $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner.

AT&T knows the process well, having used it to gain approval of last year's acquisition of DirecTV. The AT&T/Time Warner merger is being criticized by various consumer advocacy groups and could raise concerns at the FCC.

As we've previously written, owning Time Warner would give AT&T incentive to raise the prices that its rivals (such as Comcast, Charter, and Verizon) pay to distribute Time Warner programming on their cable TV systems, which could indirectly raise consumers' TV bills. AT&T could also harm online video services that compete against DirecTV by charging them higher prices for content or refusing to license videos. AT&T could favor Time Warner video on its mobile network by letting it stream without counting against the data caps applied to video services like Netflix. The FCC has recently used merger reviews to limit the harm Internet service providers can do to online video services.
In the AT&T/DirecTV merger, the FCC barred AT&T from exempting its own online video services from home Internet data caps that are applied to competitors (though this condition was not applied to mobile networks). When Comcast tried to purchase Time Warner Cable, the FCC refused to approve the deal largely because a bigger Comcast would have posed an "unacceptable risk" to online video.

AT&T claims that there won't be any negative consumer effects of its purchase of Time Warner because they don't compete directly against each other, but that's for the Justice Department—and likely the FCC—to decide.