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TeleSemana.com, Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) and Small Cell Forum (SCF) Launch Dedicated HetNet Channel to Keep Latin American Operators Informed about New Developments

Buenos Aires, Singapore, London – Monday 5th August, 2013 – TeleSemana.com, the Wireless Broadband Alliance, the Small Cell Forum have announced a partnership and the launch of a dedicated HetNet channel containing exclusive multimedia content aimed at serving the Latin American telecoms industry.

TeleSemana.com will create a Spanish-language HetNet Channel on its website where its editors, in close collaboration with WBA and SCF, will publish original content on important news, analysis, research and opinion pieces. These will focus on HetNet activities around the world that will offer valuable lessons to the Latin American market.  The HetNet Channel is scheduled to become available at the beginning of October.

The three organizations encompass all areas of the HetNet and will therefore provide complete coverage of the general trends occurring in this area, with the WBA offering the latest on how operators can integrate Wi-Fi with macro and fixed networks and the SCF providing information on new developments in small cell infrastructure for residential, enterprise and urban use cases.

The three organizations will also cooperate in other activities aligned with the HetNet Channel such as webinars and workshops in various Latin American markets.

“Latin America is an emerging market that is becoming increasingly prominent, particularly in the Wi-Fi ecosystem. The WBA is very keen to be involved in any initiative that will help to promote the importance of Carrier Wi-Fi and HetNet throughout this prospering region,” said Tiago Rodrigues, Program Director, WBA. “By working with TeleSemana.com and the SCF, we can help to bolster the HetNet channel so it becomes a key source of information for all those involved in the Latin American telecoms industry.”

“Latin America is an extremely important market with a huge amount of untapped potential,” said Graham Wright, CEO of the Small Cell Forum. “By collaborating with the Wireless Broadband Alliance and TeleSemana.com, we have a great opportunity to educate a wider audience than ever before about the added value and enhanced user experience that small cells bring to wireless networks. The Hetnet Channel will prove to be a key information tool for operators in the region.”

“This new partnership with WBA and SCF will result in a broader and diverse content offering on the HetNet for TeleSemana.com readers,” said Juan Gimenez, Marketing Director for TeleSemana.com. “Operators are transforming their networks to be able to remain competitive in this new and challenging environment and the HetNet will be a key component. It is our editorial staff’s duty to make sure the best content is available in our site, something they will be able to provide thanks to this agreement with WBA and SCF.”

About Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA)
Founded in 2003, the aim of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) is to secure an outstanding user experience through the global deployment of next generation Wi-Fi. In order to make this a reality, the WBA is currently championing various initiatives in the Wi-Fi ecosystem including Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) trials, Wi-Fi Roaming and its Interoperability Compliance Program (ICP). Today, membership includes major fixed operators such as BT, Comcast and Time Warner Cable; seven of the top 10 mobile operator groups (by revenue) and leading technology companies such as Cisco, Google and Intel. WBA member operators collectively serve more than 1 billion subscribers and operate more than 5 million hotspots globally. The WBA Board includes Arqiva, AT&T, Boingo Wireless, BT, China Mobile, Cisco Systems, Intel Corporation, iPass, KT Corporation, NTT DOCOMO and Orange.

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About the Small Cell Forum
The Small Cell Forum (www.smallcellforum.org) supports the wide-scale adoption of small cells. Small cells are low-power wireless access points that operate in licensed spectrum, are operator-managed and feature edge-based intelligence. They provide improved cellular coverage, capacity and applications for homes and enterprises as well as metropolitan and rural public spaces. They include technologies variously described as femtocells, picocells, microcells and metrocells. The Forum has in excess of 150 members including 68 operators representing more than 3 billion mobile subscribers – 46 per cent of the global total – as well as telecoms hardware and software vendors, content providers and innovative start-ups.

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About TeleSemana.com
TeleSemana.com is the leading trendsetter web portal covering the telecommunications industry for Latin American service providers. Sponsoring and attending major industry events worldwide, TeleSemana brings its audience the latest market trends, both regionally as well as globally in a variety of formats, such as, but not limited to, audio and video. Companies sponsoring and exhibiting at major events now have a vehicle to extend their exposure to Latin American service providers that are unable to participate in those events. Thousands of executives at more than 100 wireless, fixed, satellite and cable providers and more than 60 regulatory and government agencies in Latin America receive TeleSemana‘s business-critical information every week.