Entel to offer DTH through Túpac Katari satellite

Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 22-11-2013

Bolivia's Entel has announced it will launch a pay-TV platform next year through the national satellite Túpac Katari. The company intends to compete with Tigo Millicom, which recently announced the purchase of cable platform Multivisión.

According to Bolivia's newspaper La Razón, Óscar Coca, Entel's managing director, said the service will cover the whole country next year via its direct-to-home (DTH) service. "The good news for us is that we are going to offer cheaper prices and will be able to reach all the rural areas of the country thanks to the satellite," said Coca.

Entel will offer an initial package of 30 channels with the possibility of HD quality, with sports, culture, information and kids' programming. But the company is open to incorporating the new channels. "We are going to ask the national channels to be scheduled on our platform," explained Coca.

Through Túpac Katari – the national satellite whose launch is scheduled for 20 December – Entel will be offering its fourth telecom service; it already operates telephony, mobile and Internet services. "We don't have yet the final price for our pay-TV service, but thanks to the satellite technology the platform will be available everywhere in the country," added Coca.

Entel made the announcement following Tigo Millicom's purchase of Multivisión for $20 million. The company will spend another $10 million to modernise the system, intending to offer HD, DVR, pay-per-view and a TV everywhere service.