Argentina sees ‘cooperativas’ gain speed in IPTV deployments

By Jim O'Neill on Jun 01 2015 at 6:15 AM
Argentina sees ‘cooperativas’ gain speed in IPTV deployments

A second wave of Argentina’s new breed of IPTV “cooperativas” – locally focused service providers – has rolled out across the country to deliver services across their networks, following deregulation of the telecommunications market in the country.

The association representing the co-operatives, Catel, is deploying Amino set-top boxes in key cities across the country.

Amino secured its first network operator contract in Argentina last year, working with systems integrator Pontis Technologies to help deliver the service to the local operators.

The co-operatives, formed by local operators to secure linear and VOD content, also include other independent co-ops.

The new IPTV service is part of a triple play offering – including phone, broadband and IPTV services – rolled out initially by four service providers in the cities of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe and Cordoba. This second phase will see wider deployments in these cities and into targeted suburban areas.

The non-profit Catel was formed in 2006 and describes itself as being an “initiative of a group of utility cooperatives across the country interested in promoting the improvement and development of new services and the creation of an area of renovation and technological training, as part of a changing telecommunications market.”

In April, a trio of co-ops -- the Telephone Cooperative Del Viso (Telviso), Pinamar Telephone Cooperative (Telpin) and the Telephone Cooperative Villa Gobernador Galvez (TelVGG) -- launched IPTV services as part of Catel.

The companies are offering 120 traditional TV channels, video on demand (VOD), YouTube, online games and interactive applications that include access to the phone listings, lists of businesses, local news, firefighters, city and state chambers climate, among others. 

All of the services are available in multiscreen format.

Stay tuned.

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