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Argentina - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Argentina - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Argentina has one of the most dynamic mobile markets in Latin America, being the third largest in the region after Brazil and Mexico. Mobile penetration was about 139% at the end of 2017, with a slight fall in the number of subscribers year-on-year following a long period of steady annual growth. Many Argentineans own multiple SIM cards, some having different phones for work and personal calls, and some having a phone for separate mobile networks to take advantage of special offers. Other subscribers have an additional SIM card for mobile broadband services.

Three players closely compete in the market, with América Móvil's Claro marginally the market leader. The other significant players are Telecom Personal (the mobile unit of Telecom Argentina) and Telefónica's Movistar. Nextel Argentina has a small market share, while Fecosur, an association of fixed-line telecom cooperatives, offers services as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), under the Nuestro brand. The regulator has encouraged the market entry of additional MVNOs to increase competition, and into 2018 it is expected that several will launch services.

Significant improvements to the capacity of mobile networks are anticipated during the next few years following the auction of spectrum in the 700MHz and 1700-2100MHz bands, which increased the available spectrum for operators to 380MHz. Most of the spectrum has been set aside for LTE, while 37.5MHz was reserved for 3G. In addition, the regulator anticipated reassigning 600MHz spectrum currently being used by pay-TV operators for mobile broadband by mid-2018.

This report provides an overview of Argentina's mobile market and a brief profile of the mobile operators. It contains key market statistics and analyses on regulatory matters, as also subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

Regulator preps for multi-spectrum auction for LTE services; Movistar, Claro and Telecom Personal awarded 15-year licences in the 2.5GHz band; regulator licences the Catel cooperative to manage members as MVNOs; Virgin Mobile and Teledifusora receive MVNO licences; Nextel Argentina authorised to provide LTE services; regulator sets out conditions and timetable for 600MHz spectrum to be reassigned from pay-TV to mobile use; spectrum in the 700MHz band allocated to licensees; MNP rules amended; report update includes telcos' operating data to Q4 2017, regulator's market update to September 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Claro, Telecom Personal, Movistar, Nextel Argentina, Nuestro Móvil, Libre.ar, Virgin Mobile, Tesacom.


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile data
3.2.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
3.3 Mobile broadband
3.4 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Spectrum auctions
4.1.1 600MHz
4.1.2 2.5GHz
4.1.3 700MHz, 1900MHz and 1700MHz
4.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.3 Calling Party Pays (CCP)
4.4 Roaming
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 Third Generation (3G; UMTS)
5.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.2 Other infrastructure developments
5.2.1 Mobile satellite
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Claro (previously CTI Móvil)
6.2 Telecom Personal
6.3 Movistar
6.4 Nextel Argentina
6.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
7. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration 1998 - 2009
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2018
Table 3 Historic - Mobile operators' market share 1999 - 2009
Table 4 Mobile operators' market share 2010 2016
Table 5 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2013 - 2017
Table 6 Mobile market revenue and investment 2013 - 2017
Table 7 Mobile annualised ARPU 2013 - 2017
Table 8 SMS traffic 2007 - 2016
Table 9 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2017
Table 10 Forecast mobile subscribers 2018; 2022; 2022
Table 11 Mobile numbers ported 2012 - 2017
Table 12 Movistar LTE subscribers and penetration 2016 - 2017
Table 13 LTE base stations in service 2015 - 2017
Table 14 Historic - Claro mobile subscribers 1999 - 2009
Table 15 Claro mobile subscribers 2010 - 2017
Table 16 Claro wireless revenue 2012 - 2017
Table 17 Telecom Personal mobile subscribers, annual change 1999 - 2017
Table 18 Personal prepaid, contract, mobile broadband subscribers 2012 - 2017
Table 19 Personal mobile ARPU 2012 - 2017
Table 20 Personal mobile service revenue 2012 - 2017
Table 21 Personal mobile data and voice usage per month 2013 - 2017
Table 22 Historic - Movistar mobile subscribers 1999 - 2009
Table 23 Movistar mobile subscribers 2010 - 2017
Table 24 Movistar mobile revenue 2009 - 2017
Table 25 Movistar blended mobile ARPU 2008 - 2017
Table 26 Nextel mobile revenue 2012 - 2015
Table 27 Nextel mobile ARPU 2012 - 2015
Table 28 Nextel mobile subscribers 2002 - 2015
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 2018
Chart 2 Mobile market share at a glance 2004 - 2016

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