Companies will no longer be barred from simultaneously providing
cable TV, internet, fixed line and mobile phone services.
Satellite TV company DirecTV will for example be allowed to sell
internet services while cable operator Cablevision SA gets the
green light to enter the 4G mobile telephone market.
The first article of the decree, published in the government's
official bulletin, says the state will: "Implement the basic
rules to achieve a greater degree of convergence of networks and
services under competitive conditions, promote the deployment of
next generation networks and the penetration of broadband
internet access throughout the national territory."
The telecom reform is one of many changes on PresidentMauricio
Macri's agenda as he tries to attract investment into an economy
that was highly regulated, cut off from international capital
markets and largely ignored by foreign investors for a decade
before he took office and started implementing reforms a year
(Reporting by Hugh Bronstein Editing by W Simon)
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