Telecommunications company Tigo (Millicom) will finally receive in July the license to provide satellite Pay-TV services in Paraguay, stated the Head of the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel), Teresita Palacios, to local daily La Nacion.
The migration will take place in exchange for UHF frequencies held by Tigo that Conatel needs in order to free the spectrum for the development of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) facing the analog switch-off projected for 2020.
“They have from channels 33, except 37, to 51. They will return a very interesting spectrum, not all at once because they also have to plan for the transfer of services they are using. We are studying it and working it out with our technicians”, said Palacios.
Conatel has been delaying the license so that Tigo had begun to change its strategy by acquiring small and medium cable operators within that country. Millicom bought in February assets of TV Cable Parana from Ciudad del Este and in 2015 the customer base of companies Saturno and Sur Multimedia.
Paraguay changed the date of the analog switch-off for Free-to-Air TV networks to December 2020. In February 2015, Conatel postponed from 2022 to 2024 the deadline for the migration to digital support for all operators in the country.