“New DTT broadcasting towers won't be built; only the ones under construction will be finished,” said consultancy firm Carrier & Asociados, in a paper analysing Arsat's latest moves. “Televisión Digital Argentina may even change hands and be managed by Radio Televisión Argentina (RTA), the state-owned company responsible for public audiovisual means.”
Satellite strategy will also change. With Arsat-1 and Arsat-2 satellites already in orbit, the third one in the series won't be a priority, even though the company had reached an agreement with Arianespace to launch it. According to the analyst's note, Arsat-3's development is suspended and it does not even have a orbital position assigned.
Following earlier statements by Rodrigo de Laredo, the company's president, Arsat will focus on selling Arsat-2's capacity, trying to become a solid alternative in Latin America for video transportation and satellite Internet.
“The company is clearly focused on fibre and broadband,” explained Carrier & Asociados. “Arsat's idea is to become a wholesaler of fibre services and to be an operator just in those places where there isn't a private one.”