In El Salvador, Telefónica has notified its customers that on April 30 it will cease to provide its Satelllite TV service (DTH), which currently operates under the Movistar brand. In this way, the telecommunications company ceases its Pay TV service in Central America altogether, since it has already sold its Panama and Nicaragua operations to Millicom, its Guatemala business to América Móvil and its Costa Rica business to Liberty Latin America.
“As you know, our subscription TV service is provided through a satellite operated by a foreign company. Unfortunately, we have been given notice that the agreement for Central America will not be renewed. That is the reason why it will be no longer possible for us to offer Movistar TV to our customers,” reads the notification sent by Telefónica.
Movistar DTH service in El Salvador uses SES 10, a satellite located at orbital position 67º West.
Although Telefónica had agreed to sell Movistar El Salvador to América Móvil, the deal was cancelled by mutual consent in September 2020. El Salvador’s regulatory agency had approved the sale subject to compliance with several requirements, which hindered the close of the transaction.