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Monday, May 16, 2022

Internet Day 2022

Mateo Gómez Ortega: “ISPs are in a very critical situation due to the macro and exchange rate”

Mateo Gómez Ortega, The Nation’s Undersecretary of Telecommunications and Connectivity, assured to Convergencia that he will invite Internet provider companies to the first of a series of sector roundtables that he will convene from his dependency.

Within the framework of Internet Day 2022, Gómez Ortega considered that this sector in particular "is in a very critical situation because the macroeconomic context does not help, people have very little money in their pockets and, in addition, due to the exchange rate difference, they charge for something that is not consistent with what is charged in the world. Many of the costs are in dollars, with which there is a problem of profitability and maintenance of infrastructure.”

As for DNU 690, he clarified: “We have talked with Telcos about the decree and we’ve asked them to present a proposal. That has not happened yet, but we have to dejudicialize. It is a catastrophe to prosecute; it is never a good measure. I was not an official when the DNU was launched, so I am free of charge and blame: clearly the result, beyond the considerations, was not good. We are the first to want to review that and give an answer.”

To reverse the picture, the official advised to rethink the business model. “The value of the Internet is given by connectivity, and connectivity has to pay off for the ISP and not for the Disneys or the big transnational players that circulate through the networks today. Sharing infrastructure is one of the keys to seeing who is in charge of maintenance, investment and improvement.”

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