Argentina Telecommunications Report Q2 2016
BMI View: Conflict between the government and the judiciary over the proposed restructuring ofArgentina's telecoms and media regulators will weigh on operators' investment strategies for the short-tomediumterm. The market is fluctuating, with the move towards more advanced services gathering pace. Onthe mobile side, saturation has occurred, meaning that operators are looking to migrate users onto moreadvanced plans, such as LTE. The awarding of the 700MHz spectrum will help that strategy. On the fixedside, infrastructure investment is also needed, with the move towards convergence helping operators togrow their revenue per user.
Latest Updates & Industry Developments
Mobile subscriptions increased by 358,000 in Q315, but this is still unlikely to offset subscriber lossesearlier in the year
Fixed broadband connections reached 6.559mn at the end of June 2015, as convergence was introducedin the country.
In the wake of Argentina's presidential elections in November 2015, the new government headed byMauricio Macri vowed to undo controversial regulatory reforms imposed by the former Cristina Kirchnerregime earlier in the year. Besides tightening control over the audiovisual media sector the reforms hadinstalled key pro-Kirchner officials at the heads of the new media and ICT regulators, AFSCA andAFTIC.
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