According to local news reports, Tigo Paraguay is poised to launch pay-TV in the cities of San Lorenzo, Lambare, Luque and Fernando de la Mora in July 2011. Capital city Asuncion is also part of a mooted rollout, although regulatory red-tape has stalled the issuance of that particular licence, with no decision expected to be made until at least February. If the launch goes ahead as planned it would make Tigo the first Millicom subsidiary to launch a pay-TV operation in South America. Luxembourg-based parent company Millicom reportedly hopes to capitalise on the success of its Central American cable network Amnet, which presently operates in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras. ABC.com has suggested that Tigo Paraguay is in the midst of negotiations with the National Electricity Administration (ANDE) to utilise part of its infrastructure to aid the rollout.
Raul Ibanez Osnaghi, manager of sister company Amnet Costa Rica, has been tasked with overseeing the deployment, suggesting that the triple-play model used by his firm will provide the blueprint for Tigo’s rollout. However, he conceded that no pricing framework has been unveiled as of yet, as the company is still negotiating with foreign content providers to lower their respective prices. Osnaghi commented: ‘Paraguay can not be excluded from this progression and technological development. It has the potential to develop the know-how by working with people in the company with around twelve to 15 years experience in the business’. Tigo, which launched its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in 2008, is currently the only operator in the Paraguayan broadband market offering transmission speeds of 10Mbps. Paul Moscatelli, general manager of Tigo, added: ‘We believe that the presence of our company in this area will be very advantageous. In a little while other operators will also offer their products and there is nothing better than the competition to ensure the consumer’s right to choose the best service’.