The Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mines (MIEM) of Uruguay as prepared a draft decree that allows Cablevisión to provide DTH. According to local media El Observador, which have access to the document, the government decided to free up the 512 Mhz band in the UHF system and migrate all operations, in this case only Cablevisión in Montevideo, towards DTH.
The decree establishes that Cablevisión will continue offering the service in the same operation area, so it will not be able to provide DTH in the interior of the country. Currently, the only national DTH operator is DirecTV. In turn, there are operators who are allowed to provide satellite TV in the interior, but only in rural areas where there is no coverage of other systems.
The idea of making the change in the legislation came from the ministry and was not a requirement of the Argentine company. “It is a coincidence that the two companies affected belong to Cablevisión,” said Rodrigo Diaz, director of the National Directorate of Telecommunications of the Ministry.
According to the official, the goal is to free up that spectrum to meet the demand of mobile phone companies, which will begin to ask for that space to provide 5th generation services.