According to Paraguayan newspaper ABC Color, the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) has already granted Tigo (Millicom) a license to operate DTH last September, through Resolution No. 1,610, which had not been made public until now .
The Paraguayan newspaper has published a copy of resolution, which grants “the license to provide the Service of Distribution of Audio Signals and Direct Television to the Home (DATDH) –better known as DTH –to Servicios y Productos Multimedios SA (Tigo). In its Q316 results report, Millicom does not report on this license.
Due to the complaints of the Association of Cable Operators of the Interior of Paraguay (ACIP) for Tigo’s dominant position and unfair competition, in August the National Congress had requested the Executive Branch and Conatel information on the companies providing telecommunications services. However, Conatel omitted information about Tigo’s license, which was being processed.
The president of ACIP, Ricardo Morlas, said Conatel’s decision to grant the DTH license to Tigo, puts at risk of extinction at least 85 companies of Cable TV in the interior. In Paraguay, Tigo is already offering Cable TV services.