Uruguay's regulator starts Claro DTH take-down

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 10 March 2015

Aerials that Claro has been installing in some areas of Uruguay for its direct-to-home (DTH) pay-TV service are being taken down following orders from the country's telecoms watchdog Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones (URSEC).

According to El Observador, URSEC has been removing the aerials since the end of last week in a bid to stop the incipient activities of Claro in areas of Montevideo and Canelones. The Mexican operator was deploying a pilot plan to make Uruguayans aware of its product, which it has been banned from the country since 2010.

URSEC is even reported to be using the police to take aerials off the roofs, as some subscribers don't agree with the action.

Although Claro got permission to operate in the country and introduce DTH equipment in 2005, this decision was reversed a few years later, before the Mexican company had actually started operating.

Now, believing that the ban has finished, Claro has started to introduce aerials and set-top boxes to Uruguay again, an activity which is still seen as illegal by the authorities.

DTH technology is currently present in the country through other operators, including DIRECTV.