Following the loosening of regulations with a decree published in January allowing for the cross ownership or provision of pay TV, fixed line and mobile phone service providers, Telecom Argentina and Cablevisión have announced that they have agreed to merge. This deal prepares the way for regulatory changes being implemented at the start of 2018. Telecom Argentina will absorb Cablevisión in a share based deal that will see the issue of $1.18 billion in new share capital with Cablevisión owner’s Fintech Media and Cablevisión Holdings receiving a 55% stake while existing Telecom Argentina shareholders retain a 45% stake.
- Regulatory changes have created an opportunity for telecom operators to enter pay TV in 2018
- Telecom Argentina and Cablevisión are moving quickly to take consolidate before implementation
- The combined company will lead the market and be able to offer a fully converged quad play offering
In this report:
- Overview of the deal
- Argentina in context
- Analysis of impact on pay TV market
- Strategic move puts Telecom Argentina ahead of the pack
- Argentinean pay TV strength expected to continue
- Deregulation creates new opportunities for incumbents
- The future of Argentinean pay TV
List of tables and charts:
- Argentina multiplay market
- Argentina pay TV video subscribers and video penetration
Number of pages: 5
Number of Tables and Charts: 2
Associate Director – Research and Analysis, Service Providers & Platforms
Mr. Erik Brannon, the associate director of research and analysis at IHS Markit, specializes in pay-TV operators and channels.
Principal Analyst, Telecommunications
Seth Wallis-Jones, a principal research analyst at Omdia, covers operator strategies for the Service Providers and Platforms team.