Argentine telcos near DTH approval decision

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In a meeting with journalists held during Jornadas Internacionales 2017, Miguel de Godoy, head of the National Entity for Communications (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones, Enacom), said that it is “very likely” that the government will give telephone companies the approval to offer pay TV using DTH technology.

Currently, telecom companies are allowed to provide pay TV by physical link, starting next year. In order to change the current regulation, President Mauricio Macri will have to issue a decree of necessity and urgency (DNU) that, according to De Godoy “will protect the SMEs ecosystem in smaller cities”, Página 12 reported.

According to the current regulation, telcos will only be able to provide pay TV in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires and in the cities of Rosario, Santa Fe and Córdoba, and in cities up to 600,000 inhabitants.

Telefónica and Claro already offer satellite TV in several countries in Latin America and they have always shown interest in using this technology in the country. In fact, Carlos Slim had already called for more competition in the DTH segment in Argentina.

Prior to these statements, Walter Burzaco, president of the Cable TV Argentine Association (ATVC) stated during the opening ceremony of the event that the telephone companies “do not have advanced fixed networks” and therefore, “put pressure to enter the content market with satellite services, without deploying networks in the country.”

The executive also said: “Real convergence, which generates economic and social impact, is sustained with investments and competition in the same conditions”.