Merger as a Catalyst for Change?

In our last Intelligence Report covering Argentina's ICT sector (March 2017), we were speculating that there would be a merger of multi-service providers Telecom Argentina and Cablevisión, since local investment group Fintech had simultaneously strengthened its positions in the two groups.

A formal merger proposal did indeed come to pass, in July 2017, and was approved by sector regulator Enacom in December, followed by the antitrust watchdog CNDC's blessing in June this year.

This development adds to pressure for rival groups Telefónica and América Móvil to perfect their triple-play offerings, and for congress to pass legislation allowing these two to incorporate DTH service for the Pay TV part of their businesses.

However, all it has done is increase the tension in a kind of stalemate situation, very similar to that between Telmex and Televisa in Mexico. Telefónica objects to Telecom-Cablevisión having a head start in bundled services, including quadruple play, while the latter argues that Telefónica would be too powerful if allowed to rapidly roll out DTH television services.

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