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Internet, cable and telephony increase: the Government will authorize increases of 7.5% for February and 2.5% for March

The increase will be 7.5% for February and 2.5% for March (Photo: Bloomberg) The increase will be 7.5% for February and 2.5% for March (Photo: Bloomberg)

As confirmed to . Official sources this afternoon, next week new increases in telecommunications services will be made official. A) Yes, Bills for Internet access service, cable television and telephony, both fixed and mobile, will come with an increase of 7.5% for the month of February and 2.5% for March.

The communication would be made official in the first days of next week and by means of a resolution of the National Telecommunications Entity that will be published in the Official Gazette.

However, as this media learned, there are conditions for the increases to be officially made effective for each of the companies in a sector that they majority control. Movistar, Of course Y Personal, in the case of mobile telephony; Telephone Y Telecom in landline telephony and Internet access, and Cablevision Y DirecTV on pay TV.

In this case, the “determining factor” – a word used by official sources – is that the companies in the market return increases that had been made improperly in the first two months of the year.

The return, they detailed, will have to be made on the March invoice and in that way they can increase the authorized percentages. They also explained that if new invoices are issued with increases, or amounts charged outside of what is authorized are not returned, sanctions will be evaluated as of March.

December announcements

In mid-December, the Government authorized a 5% increase for internet, telephone and television services that had to become effective in January 2021 and announced a series of new subsidized plans for more than 10 million Argentines. A kind of Care Prices in telco version to which retirees, unemployed people and beneficiaries of AUH and other plans, among others, can access.

Mobile services would also see increases (REUTERS / Valentyn Ogirenko / File Photo) Mobile services would also see increases (REUTERS / Valentyn Ogirenko / File Photo)

It was the regulation of the controversial decree 690 of this year that the president Alberto Fernandez announced on Twitter in August. There, it declared as competing public services Internet access, mobile and fixed telephony, cable television and telephony, both fixed and cellular.

Complaints from the private sector came immediately and the hikes were said to be insufficient and companies, particularly SMEs in the industry, were at serious livelihood risk.

“The union asks for 35% and the Government gives us 5%. It is not good for projects or investments to come. Pay TV doesn’t connect anything, I don’t know why we’re inside ”, assured an important executive of a cable company that, like many consulted by ., chose the off the record. “How are they going to do with the lists of the beneficiaries, who will carry those databases, us or the Government? Are they not going to use them politically? ”Asked the same source.

Among the new services announced, framed as Compulsory Universal Basic Benefit (PBU)There are plans such as basic mobile telephony with a monthly cost of $ 150, while there will be two options for data packages, one for $ 200 per month and the other for $ 18 per day. In the case of fixed telephony, the final price is 380 pesos.

Another criticism that came from the private sector had to do with the fact that it is almost impossible to control who could be the real beneficiaries and who could not. Thus, explained the companies and other specialists in the sector, “almost all Argentines are in a position to request them.”

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