DirecTV to offer DTH services in Paraguay


Juan Fernandez Gonzalez

| 11 August 2015

Having owned a satellite licence for some years, DirecTV is planning to finally launch a direct-to-home (DTH) operation in Paraguay, following telecom authority Conatel's recent announcement that it would cancel licences that aren't being used.

According to the national newspaper Última Hora, quoting industry sources, the licences will be revoked within 180 days, which is why DirecTV, whose merger with AT&T is in the process of being completed, may be rushing to prepare a commercial DTH launch.

According to the paper's analyst, seven other operators are in the same situation as DirecTV. Conatel allowed ten companies to offer pay-TV through satellite, but only América Móvil's Claro and TuVes-Personal are currently offering a service.

Following a request from DirecTV, its current licence was renewed in June and is due to expire in February unless Conatel makes a move to cancel it before this time.

Another reason for the US operator wanting to launch a satellite operation in Paraguay is that the country was the fastest growing Latin American market in 2014. Between January and December last year, Paraguay's subscribers grew by over 50%, driven by services from Claro and Tigo