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It took just a few years for mobile phones to become a normal part of the landscape in this region and the shift to smartphones has been even faster. The untapped potential of these devices suggests that we can expect similarly rapid change from now on, possibly with observable effects in the way we work and play during 2013 alone. In this context, our 2013 Survey asks readers to vote on the key areas to watch and, in some cases, to put a number on the degree of change we can expect this year.
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How will 2013 be different from 2012?
Overall, the average response was that bandwidth optimization would be the most important issue for carriers, but responses from the carriers themselves indicated that they view access infrastructure for ultra-fast broadband as a greater priority.
While governments and NGOs lobby for policies to make broadband infrastructure more efficient and more affordable, our readers go one step further and suggest that a greater hindrance is the difficulty of financing sector development in the first place.
Outlook 2013 - Telecommunications
Update: The state of broadband in Latin America
4G LTE: Already Making Waves in Latin America
Telecom Readers' Survey 2014
Regulatory trends in Latin America: Seeking balance between consumer and operator
Outlook 2014 Telecommunications: Content becomes ubiquitous
Skimming the cream: MVNOs take hold in Latin America
Latin American pay-TV: Shaking it up on various levels
Broadband proliferation: An uphill battle
OSS/BSS trends in Latin America: Getting all ducks in a row
BYOD: Implications for Latin America
Going mainstream: Unified Communications in the SME field