Cable SMEs call for "clear" ground rules

Monday, July 4, 2011

When it comes to competing in Argentina's pay-TV market, small cable companies feel threatened by ground rules considered "not entirely clear," small cable operators chamber Cacpy president Eduardo Maurino was quoted as saying by local paper La Nación.

According to Maurino, new offerings such as video on demand - which the chamber understands as forbidden by current law - or digital terrestrial TV services driven by the government will probably impact small cable operators.

When decrees and resolutions are issued, "we need to feel... that we're part of the changes the national government is implementing," Maurino said, urging authorities to consider cable TV SMEs in regulations.

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Additionally, he reminded market regulators that "there are over 700 SMEs in the country competing with telecom operators with 100% foreign capital."

Cacpy groups together 127 medium-size and small cable operators, bringing TV and broadband services to about 300 cities in Argentina's interior.