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Telecommunications Industry Association Announces Agreement with the Latin American Association of Research Centers and Telecommunication Enterprises

ARLINGTON, VA (December 11, 2013) - The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, announced today that it has joined with the Latin American Association of Research Centers and Telecommunication Enterprises in signing an Honorary and Friendship Agreement to promote further growth and development of the telecommunications industries of the United States and the world at large.

"TIA is very excited to work with AHCIET to further the development of the information and communication technology industry worldwide,” said TIA President Grant Seiffert. “Latin America is at the center of tremendous innovation and growth.  According to TIA’s Market Review & Forecast, telecommunications spending in Latin America rose eight percent last year, and wireless penetration is expected to reach 118 percent by 2016.  With this friendship agreement, we will support continued ICT growth in Latin America and beyond by sharing information and making sure our standards and interests align.”

Through this friendship agreement, TIA and AHCIET (also known as the Asociación Iberoamericana de Centros de Investigación y Empresas de Telecomunicaciones or AHCIET) agree to engage in a variety of cooperative activities to promote growth within the telecommunications industries of their respective regions.  These activities include regular information-sharing, visits between members of the two organizations, and ongoing efforts to produce harmonious standards and to pursue regulatory issues of common importance.

About AHCIET

The Latin American Association of Research Centers and Telecommunication Enterprises is a private non-profit that consists of more than 50 telecommunications operators in Latin America, which include public, private, multinational and local operators to represent a significant part of the industry.  Created in 1982, AHCIET strives to contribute to the development of telecommunications in Latin America through public-private dialogue, promoting the common interests of the industry and the exchange of knowledge and best practices between companies. Visit ahciet.net for more details.

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About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org  for details.

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