Argentina, behind in the deployment of fiber optic connections

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Argentina, behind in the deployment of fiber optic connections

Buenos Aires – The Argentine Internet Chamber (Cabase) reported the latest fiber optic penetration data in the region, and warned about the widening gap between Argentina and other South American countries. In addition, in a2 meeting held to celebrate International Internet Day, Representatives of the private sector questioned the effects of DNU 690, which in 2020 decreed the internet as a public service.

At the end of 2021, around 1,750,000 fiber optic connections were recorded throughout the country, barely 17% of the total fixed broadband connectionsrevealed the CABASE Internet Index study.

“Although these data by themselves show a rate of deployment of fiber optic networks that is insufficient, the crudest mirror arises when we compare ourselves with the countries of the region”, support the report.

In this sense, it is highlighted that among the countries of the region “Argentina shows the lowest percentage of fiber optic accesses (FO) with only 17 accesses per 100 connections”. It is surpassed by Uruguay, where the participation of FO connections reaches 80.89% of total accesses, also by Brazil, with 62.69% of the connections provided by FO, and by Chile, with 56.67%. .

Criticism of the decree

In August 2020, in one of the most critical moments of the coronavirus pandemic, The Government of Alberto Fernández advanced with DNU 690, which established Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Services as essential and strategic public services in competition. and access to telecommunications networks for and between licensees and licensees of ICT services.

“The results of the impact of DNU 690 on Argentina’s connectivity are visible in the official ENACOM indicators. These data have to challenge us, the state and society as a whole, to find the mechanisms that allow us to build consensus and find a way out of a dead-end situation. that takes us away from the common objective that all the actors in the industry have”, criticized Ariel Graizer, president of Cabase.

And he assured that DNU 690 “It has put all the players in this industry in a situation of uncertainty, lack of definition and judicialization that is of no use to anyone, widening the asymmetries and generating a harmful context that has been going on for two years now.”

Response

Gustavo López, vice president of ENACOM, replied: “In the harshest moment of the health emergency, the public and private sectors work very well. The DNU 690 had its origin at that time, thinking that we cannot have first-class citizens and second-class citizens because connectivity is a necessary condition for the exercise of citizenship.

Matías Tombolini, president of ARSAT, pointed out that “Those of us who have management responsibilities to bring connectivity to those who do not have it cannot be disconnected from the private sector’s opinion on our management.”

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