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

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

Argentina's fixed-line 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. The country's teledensity has shrunk by 2.7 percentage points since peaking at 24.5% in 2005.

The local fixed-line market is dominated by the incumbent operators Telecom Argentina (Telecom) and Telefónica de Argentina (TA). Some 400 smaller telcos, mostly cooperatives, are also active, as well as a few cable TV companies which provide fixed telephony over their networks as part of bundled service offerings. While long distance services are highly competitive, in the local telephony sector, despite the large number of operators, meaningful competition has yet to develop. Telefónica Argentina 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:

Arsat-1 satellite launches, providing a range of services across Argentina and neighbouring countries; Federal Fibre-Optic Network now connects 1,800 localities across the country, running to 30,000km of the 80,000km to be built; fibre 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; report includes telcos' operating data to Q3 2014, recent market developments.

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 (TA)
2.3 Telecom Argentina
2.3.1 Shareholder sales
2.4 Telecom cooperatives
2.5 Claro
2.6 IPLAN
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 - 2014
Table 2 Telefónica Argentina fixed lines in service 2000 - 2014
Table 3 Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service 201 - 2013
Table 4 Telecom Argentina revenue 2011 - 2014
Table 5 Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service 2000 - 2014
Table 6 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1996 - 2004
Table 7 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2014
Table 8 Public phones 1996 - 2013
Table 9 Telefónica de Argentina wholesale accesses 2005 - 2013
Table 10 Forecast fixed lines higher growth scenario 2015; 2020
Table 11 Forecast fixed lines lower growth scenario 2015; 2020
Chart 1 Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service 2011 2013
Chart 2 Evolution of fixed lines in Argentina 2005 2014
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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