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February 2010 Vol. 65 No. 2

Report says wireless,telecom in transition
The State of the Industry 2010 report is the first in a series of reports by telecom industry analyst Jeff Kagan that includes his thoughts on the changing telecommunications industry and changing competition.

Kagan says that over the next few years, the industry will continue to transform. New leaders will emerge and old leaders will struggle as well-known brands and strategies are be updated.

This report looks at wireless and telephone companies and their competitors, as well as networks and handset makers. Included are industry groups like telephone, wireless and cellular, cable television, IPTV, Internet, and much more.

It takes a close look at many companies: what they are doing right and wrong and what is the next big threat they face.

For more information about this report, visit jeffkagan.com/REPORTStateOfTheIndustry2010.htm.

Latin American insiders forecast 2010 economic outlook
The year 2010 promises to be one of economic progress and new business opportunities in Latin America. That’s the latest forecast from some of the leading law firms in Central America, the Caribbean and South America.

U.S. trade with Latin American countries totals some $600 billion a year, and the region’s role in the overall global economy is gaining ground. China now does more than $100 billion in trade with Central and South American countries – up 20 times from just a decade ago. At the same time, China is also making substantial sovereign wealth investments in the region’s energy resources, as well as other infrastructure.

“Latin America has successfully weathered the economic storms of the past year”, said José Luis Vittor, partner in the global law firm McDermott Will & Emery, which sponsored a two-day Latin America Forum, bringing together some of the top players in the legal and business community to focus on outlook, policy, and opportunities in Latin American markets today.

“Because Latin America has been largely insulated from the impact of the global recession in the past two years, there should be even more opportunities for such economic development in the coming year,” said Vittor, who coordinated the Forum program.

China isn’t the only country taking interest. Korea, Vietnam, Russia and India are among many other countries now targeting Latin America as an investment and development target.