Paraguay's cablecos ask authorities to stop licensing DTH

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 25 June 2015

A group of Paraguayan cable operators have published an official statement asking the Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Conatel) to stop licensing more DTH satellite TV platforms.

According to local newspaper ABC, the cable operators consider competition as not fair under current regulations and are awaiting rules to be "corrected in order to correct the current asymmetries in the market between the international pay-TV operators and the national cable operators in the capital and the rural areas".

This is in clear reference to DIRECTV and Claro and the probable arrival of Millicom's Tigo as a DTH player. The statement has been signed just as Millicom's unit owns football rights in the country and could suddenly become a very strong competitor across the whole territory.

In addition, the cable operators have asked Conatel to control the satellite signals being broadcast from outside of Paraguay bringing content and advertisements from other countries without being properly registered in the country.