SmC+ is a digital policy strategy firm focused and based in Latin America. SmC+ serves global technology companies and international organizations to understand and act in the complex regional policy scene. We provide Regulatory Assistance as a Service (RaaaS) that help our clients to surf their regulatory challenges in Latin America administering limited resources.
A responsible approach for new digital technologies in Latin America
This report was commissioned by the Salesforce Latin America and looks into the new approaches to develop and regulate digital technologies that are on everybody's mouth these days like artificial intelligence (IA).
Authored by Ariel Riera, Paula Garnero and Sebastian Cabello, it proposes a customized narrative for the region that needs to leverage its tradition and existing rules on Human Rights that are today contained in the Inter-American system. It also provides examples to make principles a day-to-day guide for developing new digital products.
Finally it proposes 4 lines for future work around trust, knowledge, inclusion and innovation for all stakeholders in order to have a balanced approach to this new opportunity.
Free download - 27 pages - January 2023 - By Ariel Riera, Paula Garnero and Sebastian Cabelllo
Client Success Story: tailoring a global narrative to Latin America
Salesforce, a leader on embedding ethical and humane use guiding principles in the design, development, and delivery of software and solutions, particularly when it comes to working with data approached SmC+ to position itself in Latam and developing a compelling narrative that can bring together different stakeholders including NGOs. It was successfully launched in early April 2023 together with AS/COAS.
Estimating the impact of different scenarios for the 6 GHz band in México
This report was commissioned by the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) and assess the different options at stake of Mexico regarding the 6 GHz band (5925 - 7125 MHz) a band that is being claimed by the Wi-Fi industry to expand its services. The mobile industry reacted to this claiming the use of this band to allow for future evolution of IMT services.The report evaluates the economic impact of the scenarios taken into consideration previous studies produced by Telecom Advisory Services and the GSMA.
Free download - 61 pages - February 2023 - By Dr. Ernesto Flores-Roux and Sebastian Cabelllo
More information DSA Press Release, 20 Feb 2023
The imperative of Data Governance in the digital era for public and enterprises
This new Expert Insight Series #4 produced by Computing Engineering Dr. Silvia Alicia Gómez provides some guidelines on how to become a more data-centric organization for both public and private enterprises.
Developing a "culture of data", defining roles for the CDO as orchestrator and the data owners and overcoming legacy practices are among the aspects covered in this brief critical roadmap every organization need to consider when delving into digital transformation projects.
Free download - 14 pages - March 2023 - By Silvia Alicia Gómez
Fiber "momentum" in Latin America
Latam FTTH Panorama 2022
The FTTH Panorama 2022 for Latam was commissioned by the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) Latam Chapter to SmC+ team and estimates the key performance indicators for existing deployments of fiber-to-the home ISPs in Latam-18 countries. This presentation provides an overview of the report that is exclusive for FBA members.
Free download - 30 slides - February 2023 - By Diego Ros Rooney and Sebastian Cabelllo
The importance of having a flexible fiber value chain to sustain existing growth
A white paper commissioned by FYCO Telecom, allowed SmC+ to deploy its new reseach capabilites on Fiber Networks, most recently producing the FTTH Panorama 2022 for the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) Latam Chapter.
The report portrays the fiber value chain in Latam, mapping key players. It assesses on how an ISP fiber deployment can be affected by bottlenecks and delays in its value chain. Estimates the loses in "time-to-market" can reach up to 5 percentage points of market share.
Free download - 32 pages - November 2022 - By Diego Ros Rooney and Samuel Beltran
Paper presented at Fiber Connect Latam in Bogotá on 8 November 2022.
IT PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
This study analyzes the procurement practices of Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Uruguay with a comparative view trying to identify the stylized facts current IT purchasing rules.
The white paper defines some good guiding practices for the public acquisition of technology e.g. definition of framework agreements that allow aggregation, the value of fostering supplier neutrality and an innovation ecosystem, as well as international cooperation among others.
Free download - 16 pages - 766 Kb (April 2022) - White Paper by Laura Ferrarini
LATAM SMART CITIES' PROGRESS
This study commissioned by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America assess the progress of four key Latin American Cities: Bogotá, Buenos Aires, México City and São Paulo in the path to incorporate new digital technologies that can made them become "smarter". Sebastian Cabello and SmC+ team reviewed institutional aspects as well as infrastructure readiness and effective applications of new technologies. Key lessons learned are defined that could be useful for other cities and going forward.
Free download - 63 pages - 4.8 Mb (July 2022) - Author Sebastian M. Cabello
INTERMEDIARIES ROLE IN E-COMMERCE
This study commissioned by the Argentine Chamber of Electronic Commerce (CACE) assess the economic impact of a new Consumer Code bill considered in Argentina's Congress.
This bill aimed to alter the subjective responsibility interpretation for e-commerce platforms that has prevailed whithin existing Law 24,240. Making e-commerce platforms objectively liable for any issues that may arise with transactions could impact the industry significantly affecting small and medium enterprises and this booming sector.
Free download - 47 pages - 2 Mb (January 2022) - Authors: Mariano Tappatá, Sebastián Cabello and Laura Ferrarini
A Digital Economy Manifesto for Latam leading platforms
Developed for the Latin American Internet Association (ALAI) we produced a set of principles that reached internal consensus among its member and then was adopted by 14 regional Internet and e-commerce association in 10 countries.
A new role and narrative for TowerCos in Latin America. The future importance of infra sharing and small cells.
A white paper made for American Tower Corporation Latin America, showing the increasing importance infrastructure companies are having in the Latin America region. We estimated infra investment needs and how sharing will evolve by 2030.
Enjoy it in Spanish, English and Portuguese! Free for download.
Project developed by Ariel Riera and Sebastian Cabello. Released at DigiEconLatam 2022, see more ALAI web.
Spanish (Full Report free download) authored by Diego Ros Rooney, Mauricio Fernandez and Sebastian Cabello
Portuguese (Executive Summary)
Spanish (Ex. Summary)
English (Executive Summary)
English (Full Report)
CLOUD & PUBLIC SECTOR:
New expert insight by Facundo Rattel, an ICT expert that made an assessment on how much southern cone governments could save by migrating to the cloud.
Facundo was part of Bluenote Management Consulting team that produced an extensive IDB report on Government Cloud Ecosystems in the Southern Cone published in July 2020
EDUCATION & TECH #1:
SmC+ education team delivered a comprehensive assessment on how regional countries are handling with hybrid education models and leveraging the need of introducing technologies in their education programs.
Made for Intel, CAF Development Bank and C4IR.CO, was presented to education authorities in October 2021.
EDUCATION & TECH #2:
SmC+ education team delivered another key report on the Skills needed and progresses made with five disruptive technologies in education.
Made for the Global Apprentice Network (GAN) and the Industrial Union of Argentina (UIA), reviews the progress made and the key elements at play with these technologies.
SmC+ CEO, Sebastian Cabello, presents a comprehensive review of current policymaking and regulatory challenges for digital transformation both of public and private.
This report was produced for the UN Economic Commission on Latin America and served as a base for the "Tecnologías digitales para un nuevo futuro" report published in April 2021.
Other reports and surveys
White papers, expert insights, and recent surveys looking at Latin America. All free, available for download.