Monday, August 23, 2010

Times Change Quickly

But I will eat my shorts if there are really 165 decent broadband providers in Capital.

En el documento elaborado por el Ministerio de Planificación se destaca que en el país hay 489 prestadores de acceso a Internet distribuidos en todas las provincias. Por ejemplo, en Capital Federal figuran 165, en la provincia de Buenos Aires 116, Santa Fe 64 y en Córdoba 55. El gerente general de Cablevisión, Carlos Moltini, aseguró el viernes a este diario que "casi todos son revendedores de ADSL de las telefónicas". En una solicitada publicada hoy en los principales diarios del país, el Gobierno busca refutar la afirmación de que esas firmas venden por cuenta y orden de las telcos al señalar que "muchas pequeñas empresas y medianas, como así también cooperativas, tienen sus propias redes (incluyendo centrales, softswich, cableados, antenas y otros).

Looks like Team K is at it again.  I'm sure there's some merit in breaking up a Fibertel-Cablevision monopoly.  But given that the result will be slower broadband (ADSL being technologically inferior to cable for high speed) provided by a different monopoly, namely Telecom, you have to suspect that this is an entirely political move that has nothing to do with economics.  Hopefully this will turn out better than Chavez, I guess even Saddam wouldn't be that bad.

CARACAS, Venezuela — Some here joke that they might be safer if they lived in Baghdad. The numbers bear them out. In Iraq, a country with about the same population as Venezuela, there were 4,644 civilian deaths from violence in 2009, according to Iraq Body Count; in Venezuela that year, the number of murders climbed above 16,000  Even Mexico's infamous drug war has claimed fewer lives.

If el gobierno KKK really wanted to do something for the gentuza they'd make fiber a wholesale government regulated utility like they do in France or Japan.  This looks like something else entirely.

2 comments:

Al said...

Those newspapers can be very inconvenient, but what I really want to know is if the 165 providers figure includes the guy who runs a wire out his window down to the guy with the copier warehouse on the ground floor, who bitches about it a little then runs it back up a pole to the scooter repair shop across the street, and so on and so on until it terminates in a feral cats' nest at the city limits? Because if so, it seems a little low.

Clark said...

Hey man, that's the sacrosanct small and medium enterprises you're talking about there. I seem to remember that they called them Pygmies for a reason:

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peque%C3%B1a_y_mediana_empresa