Telefónica Argentina reaches MVNO accord with telecoms co-ops

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Telefónica de Argentina and local telecommunications cooperative (Catel) have signed an agreement under which Catel members could begin offering mobile services under an MVNO model.

Catel is made up of 31 co-operatives throughout the country and could provide services to a potential client base of 2mn, complementing their existing triple play offerings of telephony, TV and broadband.

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Catel will operate as a mobile network enabler (MVNE), developing a central platform to serve the co-operatives which will require an investment of US$2mn.

Regulation approved last year will allow Argentina's largest telcos, Movistar (Telefónica), Claro (América Móvil) and Personal (Telecom Argentina), to start offering pay-TV services from January 2018, where they will compete directly with small cable operators with quadruple play services.

At the end of October, Argentina's telecoms regulator Enacom awarded subsidies from the universal telecoms fund to telecoms co-operatives in Córdoba and Río Negro provinces to provide internet access to underserved areas.

The watchdog also approved subsidies for the production of audiovisual content for community radio and television channels.