Telecommunications company Tigo (Millicom) in Paraguay has changed its expansion strategy and seeks to acquire small and medium regional cable operators after being denied the ability to launch DTH services by the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel).
According to local daily Ultima Hora, Tigo purchased the assets of TV Cable Paraná from Ciudad del Este, which offers television services in the Department of Alto Parana. It has 14,324 subscribers, so it is the largest operator among those who are far from the capital city, Asuncion. Tigo acquired in 2015 the customer base of companies Saturno and Sur Multimedia and intends to continue this strategy.
“The license for DTH remains unanswered and that has limited us very much in our growth into the country. We intend to arrive at Coronel Oviedo, Caaguazu, Villarrica, Concepcion, Pedro Juan Caballero, with DTH, but our expansion was stopped very much. So we’re always shuffling alternatives such as buying some regional cable companies”, said the Director of Institutional Relations of Tigo in Paraguay, Raul Ibanez, to Ultima Hora.