Government to introduce new universal service regulations

11 Feb 2005

Argentina’s government has announced plans to submit a draft bill to Congress to clarify the definition of universal services, in a bid to increase the reach of fixed line networks. Under the current USO legislation wireline telcos are obligated to provide a universal service in the country, but most have been reluctant to do so, due to a lack of funds. Fixed line penetration in Buenos Aires currently stands at 38%, but in some regions this figure is as low as 7%. The government hopes the new legislation will change this.