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Transfer of Control of Telecom Argentina USA, Inc.

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Released: September 7, 2011


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DA 11-1508

Released: September 7, 2011




WC Docket No. 11-125

Comments Due: September 21, 2011
Reply Comments Due: September 28, 2011

On July 15, 2011, Telecom Argentina USA, Inc. (Telecom Argentina USA) filed an application,
pursuant to section 63.03 of the Commission's rules,1 requesting authority for a transfer of control that
took place without Commission consent in April 2009.
Telecom Argentina USA, a Delaware corporation providing interstate pre-paid card services
throughout the U.S., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Telecom Argentina S.A. Telecom Argentina S.A.
in turn is controlled by Nortel Inversora S.A., which is controlled by Sofora Telecommunicaciones S.A.
(Sofora). All of these entities, except Telecom Argentina USA, have Argentina citizenship. Prior to the
transaction that is the subject of this application, control over Telecom Argentina USA was held by
Telecom Italia S.p.A. (TI), an Italian company, and its controlled company, Telecom Italia International
NV (TII), a Dutch holding company (TI and TII, the Telecom Italia Group), with the Telecom Italia
Group indirectly holding 50 percent of the equity of Telecom Argentina USA, and W de Argentina
Inversiones, S.L. (W de Argentina), a Spanish limited liability company, holding 48 percent.2 On April
17, 2009, W de Argentina's ownership interest in Telecom Argentina USA increased to 50 percent when
it acquired a two percent interest held by France Telecom.3 Telecom Argentina USA states that it did not
file a domestic section 214 transfer of control application at the Commission at that time.4

1 47 C.F.R 63.03; see 47 U.S.C. 214. Telecom Argentina USA is also filing applications for transfer of control
associated with authorization for international services. Any action on this domestic section 214 application is
without prejudice to Commission action on other related, pending applications. Telecom Argentina USA filed
supplements to its domestic section 214 application on July 25 and 26 and August 22, 2011.
2 The Telecom Italia Group and W de Argentina hold their interests through Sofora. After the transaction at issue in
this application, Sofora owned 67.79 percent of the capital of Nortel Inversora S.A., which owned 54.74 percent of
the capital of Telecom Argentina S.A., which in turns holds 100 percent of the shares of Telecom Argentina USA.
3 Applicants state that, subsequent to the two percent increase, the Telecom Italia Group increased its ownership of
Sofora to 58 percent by purchasing equity held by W de Argentina, with the remaining 42 percent retained by W de
Argentina. This subsequent transfer occurred on October 13, 2010. On March 9, 2011, Telecom Italia Group
increased its share ownership in Sofora to 68 percent by purchasing equity held by W de Argentina, with the
remaining 32 percent held by W de Argentina. Telecom Argentina USA field a domestic section 214 application on

TI provides telecommunications services in the U.S. through its affiliate, Telecom Italia Sparkle
of North America Inc. Telco S.p.A. (Telco), an Italian company, holds an approximate 24.5 percent
interest in T1. Applicants state that, as of April 1, 2009, Telco was owned by Generali Group (28.1
percent), Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. (10.6 percent), Mediobanco S.p.A. (10.6 percent), all Italian entities,
Sintonia S.A. (8.4 percent), a Luxembourg entity, and Telefonica S.A. (42.3 percent), a Spanish
telecommunications company with no 10 percent or greater shareholders. W de Argentina is owned in
equal shares by four individuals, all citizens of Argentina: Daniel Werthein, Adrian Werthein, Gerardo
Werthein, and Dario Werthein. W de Argentina has no other telecommunications affiliates operating in
the U.S. Applicants state that no other person or entity owns directly or indirectly at least 10 percent of
the equity of Telecom Argentina USA. Applicants assert that the proposed transaction is entitled to
presumptive streamlined treatment under section 63.03(b)(2)(i) of the Commission's rules and that a grant
of the application will serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity.5
Domestic Section 214 Application Filed for the Transfer of Control of Telecom
Argentina USA, Inc., WC Docket No. 11-125 (filed July 15, 2011).


The transfer of control identified herein has been found, upon initial review, to be acceptable for
filing as a streamlined application. The Commission reserves the right to return any transfer application
if, upon further examination, it is determined to be defective and not in conformance with the
Commission's rules and policies. Pursuant to section 63.03(a) of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR
63.03(a), interested parties may file comments on or before September 21, 2011, and reply comments
on or before September 28, 2011. Unless otherwise notified by the Commission, the Applicants may
transfer control on the 31st day after the date of this notice.6 Comments should be filed using the
Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). See Electronic Filing of Documents in
Rulemaking Proceedings
, 63 FR 24121 (1998).

Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the

In addition, e-mail one copy of each pleading to each of the following

1) The Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc.,;
phone: (202) 488-5300; fax: (202) 488-5563;

November 18, 2010 to request authority for Telecom Italia S.p.A. to increase its indirect ownership from 50 percent
to 58 percent. On July 11, 2011, Telecom Argentina USA filed a letter stating that it would withdraw the
application because the transaction was pro forma under the Commission's rules. Letter from Stephen L. Goodman,
Counsel for Telecom Argentina USA, Inc., to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, FCC, WC Docket No. 10-242 (filed
July 11, 2011). See 47 C.F.R. 63.03(d).
4 Telecom Argentina USA also filed a request for special temporary authority (STA) to allow it to continue to
provide service to customers while its section 214 application is pending. On August 4, 2011, the Wireline
Competition Bureau granted the STA for the domestic authorization for a period of 60 days. A grant of the
application will be without prejudice to any enforcement action by the Commission for non-compliance with the
Communications Act of 1934, as amended, or the Commission's rules. Letter from Stephen L. Goodman, Counsel
for Telecom Argentina USA, Inc., to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, FCC, WC Docket Nos. 10-242 and 11-125
(filed July 7, 2011).
5 47 C.F.R. 63.03(b)(2)(i).
6 Such authorization is conditioned upon receipt of any other necessary approvals from the Commission in
connection with the proposed transaction.

2) Tracey Wilson, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,;
3) Jodie May, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau,;
4) David Krech, Policy Division, International Bureau,; and
5) Jim Bird, Office of General Counsel,
Filings and comments are available for public inspection and copying during regular business
hours at the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-A257,
Washington, D.C. 20554. They may also be purchased from the Commission's duplicating contractor,
Best Copy and Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington, D.C. 20554;
telephone: (202) 488-5300; fax: (202) 488-5563; e-mail:; url:
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For further information, please contact Tracey Wilson at (202) 418-1394 or Jodie May at
(202) 418-0913.
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