Argentina presents bill to allow telcos to offer DTH

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The Argentine government sent a bill last Friday to the Senate with changes in current legislation in order to allow telecommunications companies to offer DTH in the country, something that is currently banned, local media reported.
The initiative will allow companies such as Claro and Telefónica to provide satellite TV across the country and start offering quadruple play packages, within the framework of the opening of the telecommunications market, which began this year. The Minister of Modernization, Andrés Ibarra, is expected to attend the Senate on Tuesday to give details of the initiative.
According to La Nación daily, the project also includes regulatory protections for SMEs and cooperatives offering pay TV, the bidding of more spectrum for 4G and it also encourages the shared use of infrastructure, among the main points.
Since last year, rumors have been circulating that the government would allow telcos to offer DTH through a decree of necessity and urgency (DNU). However, last February, Ibarra announced that this option will arrive through a “short law” of telecommunications.
Official sources told La Nación that this decision is a friendly diplomatic signal to the president of the Spanish government, Mariano Rajoy, who is arriving in the country today.
Telefónica and Claro already provide DTH in other Latin American countries, such as Chile, Brazil, Colombia and Peru. In Argentina, only DirecTV and InTV currently offer that pay TV option.
The new strategies and challenges that will be presented with the opening of the competition will be one of the topics of debate of the next edition of NexTV Series Argentina, the leading conference organized by Dataxis, to be held in Buenos Aires on May 16 and 17, with the presence of the main operators of the country.
The new pay TV competition, the challenges and the evolution of the TV in Argentina will one of the main topics of NexTV Series Argentina, the leading conference organized by Dataxis, to be held on May 16 and 17 in Buenos Aires.