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After months of negotiations, Argentina’s Government has sanctioned a roadmap to enable full convergent services from 1 January 2018.

fibra opticaThrough a decree published in the country’s official bulletin, the Macri administration has opened a window for Telefónica, Telecom Argentina and Claro to offer cable pay-TV from 2018, when Clarín’s Cablevisión can enter the telecoms market to deliver mobile services. In addition, AT&T will be able to continue to commercialise Internet under the DirecTV brand as well as expanding the service.

The decree establishes a legal framework for the market convergence, but the details will be ironed out by the telecom authority, Enacom, within the next 12 months.

The regulation’s main goal is to “implement the basic norms to reach a higher level of network and services’ convergence, drive the deployment of next generation networks and increase broadband Internet penetration throughout the country”.

Through converging services and networks, the Government intends to rapidly update one of the most lagging countries in Latin America in terms of digitalisation. In fact, most telecoms and pay-TV services are still delivered through old cable networks, and fibre-to-the-home (FTHH) is available to less than 2% of households.

The decree also opens up a new scenario in which large telcos and pay-TV operators will be able to better adapt, due to larger investment. Since the start of the negotiations, local cablecos have asked for a five-year period in which to adapt to a convergent market, a request that seems to have been ignored.