Government connectivity plan to close the digital divide

September 27, 2018 - By Arturo Altman

In the Government we have impossible goals to achieve if we do not connect every corner of the country and eradicate the digital divide, “said Andrés Ibarra, deputy chief of Cabinet of Ministers and Secretary of the Government of Modernization, at the opening of the International Conference on Cable TV . He added: “Connectivity is the key to development and inclusion. Argentina has very large gaps in digital inclusion. “

The official assured that the cable industry is a fundamental ally of the State to connect the entire population. And he highlighted a series of measures that the Government is implementing to reduce the digital divide: the Federal Internet Network, which a year ago had 291 locations connected and now exceeds 500, through the state company Arsat; with 30,000 kilometers of optic fiber in operation, compared to 22,600 kilometers in 2017.

The cable TV operators had expressed their satisfaction minutes before with the “updating of the regulations” carried out by the Government and the “dialogue with all the players in the sector”. But they also raised their complaints about taxes and instability in the economy. “Our sector is beyond the average in terms of fiscal pressure,” said Walter Burzaco, president of the Argentine Association of Cable Television (ATVC). And he said that before “it was unthinkable that this national industry would consolidate incorporating one of the big players”, from the merger of Cablevisión and Telecom.

For his part, Sergio Veiga, head of the chamber of audiovisual signal providers (CAPPSA), raised the need to amend the law “to combat piracy with new tools” and that the content production sector remains a leader in the region . Carlos Moltini, president of Telecom Argentina, participated in a talk with Diego Lerner, president of the Latin American subsidiary of Disney, moderated by Pablo Sirvén, of the newspaper La Nación. “We are developing our own platform, to reach the consumer directly,” with a model similar to that of Netflix, the Disney executive announced. “Our plan is to generate our own content, in association with open TV channels and pay TV programmers, to launch a production per month, which can be seen on the Flow platform,” Moltini said. The president of Telecom announced an agreement with Red Intercable, a network of SMEs of cable TV, will offer services of the company, according to the networks and possibilities of each operator.

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