Satellite TV giant DirecTV harbours ambitions to launch a fixed-wireless broadband service in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, NexTV LatAm reports, citing company sources. The service is set to go live later this year, and will be marketed under the ‘DirecTV Net’ banner. TeleGeography notes that, in Argentina, the pay-TV firm has already quietly launched DirecTV Net services in Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza Capital, Godoy Cruz, Guaymallen and Las Heras (all Mendoza Province) and Unquillo and Mendiolaza (both Cordoba Province). Meanwhile, NexTV LatAm claims that DirecTV also has permits to offer broadband in the cities of Rosario, Mar del Plata, La Plata and Santa Fe. It remains unclear, however, which frequency band the satellite TV firm it utilising for its fixed-wireless broadband solution.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, US telecoms giant AT&T is currently awaiting regulatory approval to complete its USD48.5 billion takeover of US-based DirecTV, which holds considerable assets across Latin America. Interestingly, outside of Argentina, DirecTV’s current management team has launched Time Division-Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) fixed-wireless technology using 2500MHz spectrum via both Sky Brasil and DirecTV Colombia, with plans afoot to initiate similar deployments in Venezuela and Peru.