Claro getting IPTV licence

6 Sep 2011

Mexican group America Movil’s Puerto Rican subsidiary, which operates under the Claro brand name, has been promised an IPTV broadcasting licence by the local regulator, the Telecommunications Regulatory Board (TRB, or Junta Reglamentadora de Telecomunicaciones de Puerto Rico [JRT]). NextvLatam writes that the TRB’s president, Sandra Torres, confirmed the decision to grant the IPTV licence originally requested by the operator in 2008, although licensing conditions are still being evaluated. Domestic cable TV network operator One Link successfully objected to the original application from the telco, then offering services under the Puerto Rico Telephone Company (PRT) branding, but the island’s Supreme Court overruled the objection in June 2010. According to newspaper El Nuevo Dia, a new draft legal order allowing Claro’s IPTV launch is expected around the middle of this month, with licence conditions set forth for Claro also expected to be applied to the rest of the industry. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that PRT launched satellite-based pay-TV in April 2010 under the Claro TV brand – the first of the telco’s services to assume the Claro brand previously adopted by its sister mobile network operator. Claro TV subscriptions can be bundled with internet services and telephony.