The Government authorized for the beginning of 2022 an increase of up to 9.8% in the rates of services of internet, landline, cable and satellite television. But it will only be for small and medium-sized companies that have less than 100,000 clients.
The increase was arranged by the National Communications Entity (ENACOM), through the Resolution 2187/2021 published this Thursday in the Official bulletin.
Indeed, the body whose owner is Claudio Ambrosini established that “The Licensees of Internet Access Value Added Services (SVA-I), of Fixed Telephony Services (STF), of Subscription Broadcasting Services through physical or radioelectric link (SRSVFR) and the Licensees of Audiovisual Communication Services of Subscription Broadcasting via satellite link (DTH) with up to 100,000 total accesses; As of January 1, 2022, they may increase the value of all their retail prices by a percentage that may not exceed 9.8%, taking their current prices as a reference “.
The increases “may only be applied” by those small and medium-sized companies that have complied with the provisions and increases previously approved by ENACOM.
Last year, in the middle of the strict quarantine, the Government froze the price of telecommunications services and prohibited until the end of 2020 the cut of them for non-payment. Already at the beginning of 2021, it allowed for a general increase of 5% for January and another of 8% for licensees who had not increased their prices for their plans and services during 2020. In February there was another increase of up to 7% for those companies that have less than one hundred thousand total accesses. At the end of that month, ENACOM allowed cell phone companies to increase 7.5% and 2.5% in February and March; and those of cable TV, internet and fixed telephony, between 5% and 7.5% as of March. It made it a condition that market companies return increases that had been made improperly in the first two months of 2021. Months ago the Government authorized another 5% retroactive rise to July for telecommunications.
“The regulation in the increases in retail prices derived from the regulatory norms issued so far from this ENACOM, seeks the least impact on the income of the population, together with reasonable profit margins for the provider companies, promoting a scenario in which It is intended to stimulate competition for free prices, but without withdrawing from the health emergency framework, since the Argentine Republic, like the whole world, faces incalculable consequences derived from the pandemic that is going through the spread of the coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease; and whose inadvertence is inexcusable “, argued the entity.
In this context, different Chambers, Associations and Federations that bring together SMEs or cooperatives that provide the aforementioned services, reported on the need to increase current prices. The Government considered that the requests “are acceptable and reasonable.”
However, it was clarified that the authorized increases “may only be applied by those Licensees who have complied with the provisions contained” in the previous authorized increases.
As in the other opportunities in which increases were authorized, ENACOM established that any increase on retail prices that had been applied by the licensees that exceeds the expressly authorized values “It must be reimbursed to its users in the next invoice to be issued, with updating and interest subject to the same interest rate that they apply to their clients for late payment of invoices ”.