Argentina to let operators offer satellite TV services if Cablevisión/Telecom goes ahead

Telecoms operators in Argentina will be able to offer quad-play services and satellite TV services if the planned Cablevisión/Telecom Argentina merger takes place in December.

Shareholders approved the merger plan in September and the country’s regulator, Enacom, is understood to be ready to allow other operators to offer satellite TV and other pay-TV services as part of their packages.

Enacom has still not given its final decision on the Cablevisión/Telecom Argentina merger but it is expected by mid-December, unnamed sources told Reuters this week.

“The country’s anti-trust regulator also would have to approve the deal,” the agency noted. The merged company would have a capitalisation of about $11 billion.

But it pointed out that Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, is rolling back restrictions on consolidation of the telecoms market. Operators will be able to offer quad-play packages of fixed and mobile phone, TV and internet.

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