Comfer gives Cablevision, Multicanal merger the red light

7 Sep 2009

Federal broadcasting committee Comfer has denied a request made by Argentine media giant Grupo Clarin to merge cable operators Cablevision and Multicanal, reports BNamericas, citing local press. The government approved the merger in December 2007 during former president Nestor Kirchner’s administration, however the head of Comfer, Gabriel Mariotto, has reportedly said that Cablevision already has more licences than allowed by local regulations, adding that the companies will be given time to act to ensure operations come in under regulations stipulated by local laws. In response, Cablevision said that the committee’s resolution has no legal base since the operator fulfills all local regulatory requirements. The report adds that Grupo Clarin has a difficult relationship with President Cristina Fernandez and her husband, former president Kirchner, after the media company openly criticised the current administration.

In a separate story, Trenque Lauquen-based electricity and telecoms provider, Cooperativa de Electricidad de Trenque Lauquen, has successfully completed pilot tests for a new triple-play service, writes IPTV news. The cooperative is reportedly ready to supply triple-play packages bundling voice, data and IPTV services, and only requires the resolution of certain details such as how to connect nodes and expand the network.

Argentina, Cablevision (FiberTel), Multicanal Argentina