Argentina grants pay TV licenses to Telefónica and Claro


Argentina’s National Entity of Communications (Enacom) has granted pay TV licenses to Claro (América Móvil) and Telefónica. In addition, cable operator Supercanal received the authorization to provide mobile telephony as MVNO.
These new decisions, taken during Enacom’s first board meeting of the year, allow the country to move forward with the opening of the telecommunications market, which began to take effect this month with the aim of increasing competition and convergence of services. Initially, telcos can enter the pay TV market in cities with more than 80,000 inhabitants.
Claro received authorization to provide pay TV in the City of Buenos Aires, in Salta and in the cities of Hurlingham, Morón, Tres de Febrero and Vicente López in the great Buenos Aires. Telefónica was authorized to provide the service in the province of Buenos Aires (including the capital city) and in Mendoza, in the cities of Godoy Cruz, Guaymayen, Luján de Cuyo and Mendoza Capital.
Over the course of this month, a new decree of necessity and urgency (DNU) is expected to be published, which will authorize the telecommunications companies to deliver pay TV using DTH technology.
The president of Enacom, Miguel de Godoy, said that “thanks to this new scenario, the State not only accompanies, but also promotes the development of convergent services such as quadruple play, which means, ultimately, more offers for the users and better quality in communications”.