Argentinean government to propose change in law to allow telcos to offer triple-play

2 Jun 2008

BNamericas writes that Argentina’s government plans to pass a law to allow telecoms operators to provide cable TV services. The new bill would allow the state to replace the current broadcasting law which was approved during the last dictatorship in the late 1970s. With the new regulation, cable TV would be viewed as a public service and telcos would be able to launch triple-play packages including voice, internet and cable TV services. Under the current system, CATV operators are allowed to offer voice services, but telecoms firms cannot offer cable TV. The main player affected by this move is media giant Grupo Clarin, which dominates the cable TV market and offers internet services via subsidiaries Flash and Fibertel.