Millicom's Tigo waits for DTH license in Paraguay
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 23 September 2014
Aiming to increase its coverage throughout Paraguay, Millicom's Tigo has applied for a direct-to-home (DTH) licence.
Previously the country's regulator Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Conatel) has denied such a licence due to too high market concentration but anticipating such complaints, Tigo has decided to sell an interest in Paraguay's national football broadcasting rights to its competitors, said Raúl Ibáñez, the company's manager, according to Paraguayan newspaper Última Hora.
Copaco and CCP (Cámara de Cableoperadores de Paraguay) will now have access to football, while the capital Asunción's operators will be able to broadcast Unicanal.
Tigo has been applying for the DTH licence under the same conditions as the current satellite operators Claro and Personal- for the last 16 months, during which Conatel has been demanded a reduction of Tigo's telecom services concentration, namely pay-TV, telephone and Internet. Besides, Conatel has been backed up by the rest of cable operators, which said one more broadcasting license to Tigo will unbalance the country's competition.
While the process is still open, Tigo remembers the recent deal with Copaco, through which the IPTV company will have access to the sports channel, or the agreement to deliver football to VCC and Saturno