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Argentina ruling gives Clarin a triple, quad-play option 

Argentina ruling gives Clarin a triple, quad-play option

ENACOM approves transfer of Fibertel fixed-line licence to Clarin's Cablevision unit.
Argentina's telecom and media watchdog has given the go-ahead for Clarin's Cablevision unit to take control of a fixed-line licence belonging to its subsidiary Fibertel, giving the cableco a potential route into the quad-play market.
The Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM) has approved the transfer of Fibertel's telecommunication service licence and related operations to Cablevision, Clarin announced in a stock exchange filing earlier this week.
Cablevision acquired Fibertel more than a decade ago, but an ongoing legal battle between the government and Grupo Clarin has prevented it from operating fully for the past few years.
Cablevision already serves a handful of landline customers – around 30,000, according to a report in the Buenos Aires Herald – that had signed up to Fibertel before its licence was suspended. However, this latest ruling from ENACOM and the resulting transfer of the licence will enable it to significantly expand its fixed-line offering alongside its core cable TV and Internet offerings.
According to the paper, Clarin is one of two triple-play operators in Argentina, the other being Buenos Aires-based TeleCentro. Major telcos Telefonica and Telecom Argentina were given the green light to start offering triple-play services last year, but have to wait two years to launch, it said.
Meanwhile, quad-play could be on the cards for Clarin, albeit not in the near future.
The firm acquired Nextel in January, giving it a presence in the mobile market.
However, the Herald notes that Nextel does not hold either 3G or 4G licences, meaning that the move to quad-play will take time and investment.
Source: Total Telecom






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