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Argentina - Fixed-Line Market and Infrastructure - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts

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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.

Key developments:

Telecom Italia to sell its stake in Telecom Argentina, reducing its net debt; network investment strategies from major telcos to 2015, driven by broadband and data communications services; Argentina develops local link to the Atlantic Cable System (ACSea) in partnership with Brazil; state-owned Arsat builds three new satellites (Arsat-1, Arsat-2, and Arsat-3).

Companies covered in this report include:

Telefónica de Argentina SA (TASA), Telecom Argentina (Telecom), Claro, IPLAN, IP-TEL, Fecotel, Fecosur, COTEL, Cotecal, Arsat, INVAP.

1. Synopsis
2. Fixed network operators in Argentina
2.1 Overview of operators
2.2 Telefónica de Argentina (TASA)
2.3 Telecom Argentina
2.4 Telecom cooperatives
2.5 Claro
3. Telecommunications infrastructure
3.1 National telecom network
3.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
3.1.2 Public payphones
3.2 International infrastructure
3.2.1 Submarine cable networks
3.2.2 Satellite networks
3.3 Infrastructure developments
3.3.1 CDMA 450
3.3.2 IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
4. Wholesale
5. Forecasts fixed-line market 2015; 2020
5.1 Scenario 1 higher fixed-line growth
5.2 Scenario 2 lower fixed-line growth
5.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
6. Related reports
Table 1 Fixed lines in service market share 2003 - 2013
Table 2 TASA fixed lines in service 2000 - 2013
Table 3 Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service 2000 - 2013
Table 4 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1996 - 2013
Table 5 Public phones 1996 - 2013
Table 6 TASA wholesale accesses 2005 - 2012
Table 7 Forecast fixed lines higher growth scenario 2015; 2020
Table 8 Forecast fixed lines lower growth scenario 2015; 2020
Chart 1 Fixed-line market share at a glance 2012
Chart 2 Evolution of fixed lines in Argentina 2002 2013
Exhibit 1 Telefónica de Argentina at a glance
Exhibit 2 Telecom Argentina at a glance
Exhibit 3 Telecom Argentina shareholder and antitrust issues

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