Argentina has one of the more sophisticated telecom infrastructures in Latin America, though much investment is still required to update services in rural areas. Although there are numerous operators licensed to provide services, there is insufficient competition in the broadband sector, and the provision of both broadband and mobile services is dominated by a few key players. Spain's Telefónica/Movistar and Telecom Argentina, in the process of being sold by its owner Telecom Italy, are the largest telcos, followed by Claro (owned by América Móvil) and Grupo Clarín.
Mobile revenue accounts for more than two thirds of total telecom revenue, and this proportion continues to rise at the expense of fixed-line sales. As in other countries in the region, fixed-to-mobile substitution has adversely affected the fixed-line market, where teledensity has fallen steadily each year since peaking at 24.5% in 2005.
This report provides an overview of Argentina's telecom market and regulatory environment, accompanied by statistical data, and analyses on recent developments.
New regulatory body, AFTIC, replaces SeCom and CNC; regulator blocks Telecom Italia's sale of its indirect stake in Telecom Argentina to Fintech; Argentina Digital Act comes into force, leading to radical overhaul of telecom sector; economic outlook into 2016 remains uncertain; LTE sector showing rapid development; Arsat-1 and 2 satellites launch, providing a range of services across Argentina and neighbouring countries; Federal Fibre-Optic Network connecting 1,800 localities across the country; telcos' network investment strategies driven by broadband and data communications services; Argentina develops local link to the Atlantic Cable System (ACSea) in partnership with Brazil; report update includes telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2015, recent market developments.