Tigo looks to invest initial US$30mn to enter cable market

Friday, January 14, 2011

Paraguayan mobile telephony operator Tigo will make an initial US$30mn investment this year in a step toward its planned entry into the country's cable market, local media outlet Ultima Hora reported.

Tigo's directors said the operator expects to enter the cable market in July, with a 100% digital TV network. Initially, Tigo will provide cable services to residents in capital Asuncion and surrounding areas, giving them an alternative to Cable Vision, which is currently the only cable services provider in Paraguay.

The first investment will go toward building the network and preparing attractive marketing packages. Tigo plans to focus its marketing on consumers' ability to get internet and television services from the same supplier. The company will provide digital television, HDTV, a video-on-demand service and high speed internet services.

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Tigo is marching on with its investment plans, despite a pending court case that could stop its efforts all together. At the end of 2010, a judge suspended Paraguayan telecoms regulator Conatel's resolution to permit Tigo's entrance into the local cable market. As the judiciary is on holiday during January, no further moves on the issue can be addressed until February, when Tigo can ask to terminate the judge's injunction.