Claro closer to DTH in Uruguay


Juan Fernandez Gonzalez

| 06 August 2015

After trying to enter Uruguay's satellite TV market for some time, América Móvil's Claro may be closer to this goal, as the new Government appears willing to increase competitiveness in a market in which DIRECTV is the only operator.

According to a report published in El Observador, the government of Tabaré Vázquez intends to green-light Claro's direct-to-home (DTH) deployment across the country.

After having been rejected many times since 2010, the last episode of the Uruguay-Claro TV conflict was in March, when aerials that Claro had been installing in some areas for its pay-TV service were taken down following orders from the country's telecoms watchdog Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones (URSEC).

However, although the government's willingness is a significant achievement for Claro, the conflict is dependent on a resolution from Uruguay's administrative court (TCA). In case the court considers that Claro has no impediments to becoming a pay-TV operator in the country, América Móvil's unit will get the go-ahead to restart the licensing process and compete in the market.