Claro, Telefónica Argentina granted TV licenses

Monday, January 8, 2018

Argentina's telecoms regulator Enacom has granted pay TV licenses to Claro and Telefónica as part of a new convergent scenario.

In a statement, Enacom said it had granted Claro a license to provide TV services in the Hurlingham, Morón, Tres de Febrero and Vicente López districts of greater Buenos Aires, as well as the city of Buenos Aires and the city of Salta.

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Telefónica was granted a permit to offer TV in Buenos Aires city, Buenos Aires province and the cities of Mendoza and Godoy Cruz, Guayamayen, Luján de Cuyo in Mendoza province.

Argentine authorities are moving to allow telcos to offer TV, and hence quadruple play services in the country.

Initially the legislation is meant to apply only to major cities to allow small TV cooperatives to prepare for greater competition.

The ministry of modernization is aiming to push through in the coming months a convergence bill that would allow telcos to offer TV in any city with over 80,000 residents, while in 2019 the legislation would apply nationwide.

Telefónica and Claro can only offer pay TV via satellite at the moment, given that the capillarity of their fiber is insufficient to provide cable TV.

The other large player in the country, Telecom Argentina, will be a formidable competitor as it is merging with the largest cable TV player Cablevisión though final approval of the deal from the anti-trust regulator is pending.

Enacom added that it has granted an MVNO license to Supercanal Sociedad Anónima.