Trio of Argentine co-ops launch IPTV

8 Sep 2014

Three Argentine telecoms co-operatives – located in Pueblo San Jose (Coronel Suarez, Buenos Aires province), Morteros (Cordoba) and Buenos Aires’ Telpin de Pinamar – have launched IPTV services, NexTV Latam reports. Last September the Federal Authority of Audiovisual Communication Services (AFSCA) authorised the use of IP-based technology by local co-operatives for the transmission of audiovisual content, although the country’s main telecoms operators remain barred from offering the service. At present, the trio are providing a limited service as deployment in their respective areas is still ongoing. The Cooperativa de Provision y Comercializacion de Servicios Comunitarios de Radiodifusion (Colsecor) – an entity created to provide content to the cooperatives that offer cable TV services – is responsible for distributing the channels, and currently offers a range of 117 channels, 27 in high definition (HD). The three co-ops are part of a group of ten that have worked together to introduce IPTV, with the remaining seven – located in Colonia Caroya and Jesus Maria (Cordoba), Tortuguitas (Buenos Aires), Villa Gobernador Galvez (Santa Fe), RioTel in Rio Tercero (Cordoba), Corpico in General Pico (La Pampa), Funescoop in Funs (Santa Fe) and Telviso from Del Viso (Buenos Aires) – expected to begin offering the service before the end of the year.