Cablevisión to migrate to DTH in Uruguay

The Uruguayan government decided – through a decree – to free up the UHF system in the 512 MHz band and migrate all the operators – in this case only Cablevisión – to DTH, in Montevideo and the metropolitan area, local daily El Observador reported.
The decree, dated December 28, 2017, were published on the Presidency website and establishes a maximum period of 18 months to complete the migration. The measure intends to free up the 512 MHz band to deploy new mobile services such as 5G internet.
Given this situation, the National Association of Broadcasters Uruguayans (Andebu) is analyzing the decree, which is considered harmful because it gives Cablevisión several advantages, such as offering more channels at lower cost and, in the future, the possibility to cover all the country with DTH.
In turn, the manager of Cablevisión Uruguay, Guillermo Valente, told El Observador that the measure allows planning “the direction” of the company. “There are people who think that the decree is in our favor; it is not a benefit but a detriment for Cablevisión,” he said. The executive mentioned that the company will have to invest to renew the set-top boxes in about 85,000 homes in Montevideo, San José and Canelones. This process will begin between April and May.