Telephony operators may not offer broadcasting services, court rules

5 Jun 2014

The Supreme Court of Argentina has dismissed appeals brought by the government and a number of telephony licensees against a court decision that banned telecoms operators from providing broadcasting services, writes the Centro de Informacion Judicial (CIJ). Previously, the Argentina Cable Television Association and cable operators Cablevision, Multicanal and Telecentro initiated a lawsuit in response to reports that telephony service providers had begun offering video-on-demand (VoD) services. A court then ruled that under the terms of licences granted to companies providing telephony services, the holder may not offer broadcasting services, but this was subsequently appealed by various telecoms companies and the government. The Supreme Court has now rejected these appeals against the decisions and ruled that Telefonica de Argentina and Telecom Argentina must stop providing pay-TV services through agreements with other companies.