Argentina - Fixed-Line Market and Infrastructure - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts
Argentina's teledensity is the fourth highest in South America after Uruguay, Chile, and Brazil having been overtaken by the latter in 2012. As in other countries, fixed-to-mobile substitution has adversely affected the Argentinean fixed-line market. In fact, since peaking at 24.5% in 2005, the country's teledensity has shrunk by 2.5 percentage points.
The local fixed-line market is made up of the following: the incumbents Telecom Argentina (Telecom) and Telefónica de Argentina (TASA); some 400 small telecom operators, mostly cooperatives; a few cable TV companies that offer fixed telephony over their networks as part of triple play bundles. While long distance services are highly competitive, in the local telephony sector, despite the large number of operators, meaningful competition has yet to develop. TASA and Telecom own respectively 52% and 45% of the country's fixed lines in service.
Unlike other countries where triple play has helped boost the flagging fixed-line sector, the only company that could have made a difference Grupo Clarín has not been allowed to offer telephony services.
This report provides an overview of Argentina's telecom infrastructure, together with profiles of major fixed-line operators, accompanied by relevant statistics, analyses, and fixed-line scenario forecasts for the years 2015 and 2020.
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Companies covered in this report include:
Telefónica de Argentina SA (TASA), Telecom Argentina (Telecom), Claro, IPLAN, IP-TEL, Fecotel, Fecosur, COTEL, Cotecal, Arsat, INVAP.