Argentina releases controls on telcos
The Argentinian government has announced widespread reforms of the telecoms landscape to stimulate its ailing economy
A government decree published on Monday declared that the Argentinian government hopes its liberalisation actions will attract billions of dollars in investments.
will no longer be barred from
simultaneously providing cable TV, internet,
fixed line and mobile phone services.
TV company DirecTV will, for example, be allowed to sell internet services while cable operator
Cablevision SA gets the green light to enter the 4G mobile telephone market.
the main telephone players including
Telefonica, Telecom Argentina, and Claro will only be able to offer paid
television from next January 2018.
quoted a source at the local branch of Spain's Telefonica, who said the measure
was unfair and that Telefonica is evaluating judicial action against the
have said phone companies were at a disadvantage to cable operators, which can
offer internet and television through the same fibre
cable. Phone companies need to improve their network cables in order to deliver television.
reform is one of many changes on President Mauricio Macri's agenda as he tries
to attract investment into an economy that historically has been highly
regulated and cut off from international capital markets. As a result it has been largely ignored by foreign investors for years.
government expects the telecom reform to help draw in $20 billion in investment
over the next four years.
article of the decree says the state will: "Implement the basic rules to
achieve a greater degree of convergence of networks and services under
competitive conditions, promote the deployment of next generation networks and
the penetration of broadband internet access throughout the national