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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 and is the third largest in the region after Brazil and Mexico. Mobile penetration is about 138%, with a slight fall in the number of subscribers in recent years 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. Pricing competition among operators has reduced the incentive for multiple-SIM card ownership.

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.

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 is aiming to reassign 600MHz spectrum from pay-TV services for mobile broadband use.

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:

Telecom Argentina signs Partner Market agreement with Vodafone;
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;
Spectrum in the 700MHz band allocated to licensees;
MNP rules amended;
Report update includes the regulator's market update to March 2018, telcos' operating data to Q2 2018, 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 2019; 2021; 2023
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
5.1.1 5G
5.1.2 4G (LTE)
5.1.3 3G
5.2 Other infrastructure developments
5.2.1 Mobile satellite
5.2.2 IoT
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 - 2019
Table 3 Mobile subscriber annual change 2009 - 2018
Table 4 Historic - Mobile operators' market share 1999 - 2009
Table 5 Mobile operators' market share 2010 2017
Table 6 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2013 - 2018
Table 7 Mobile market revenue and investment 2013 - 2018
Table 8 Mobile annualised ARPU 2013 - 2018
Table 9 SMS traffic 2007 - 2018
Table 10 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 11 Forecast mobile subscribers 2019; 2023; 2023
Table 12 Annual mobile numbers ported 2012 - 2018
Table 13 Movistar LTE subscribers and penetration 2016 - 2018
Table 14 LTE base stations in service 2015 - 2018
Table 15 Historic - Claro mobile subscribers 1999 - 2009
Table 16 Claro mobile subscribers 2010 - 2018
Table 17 Claro wireless revenue 2012 - 2018
Table 18 Telecom Personal mobile subscribers, annual change 1999 - 2018
Table 19 Personal prepaid, contract, mobile broadband subscribers 2012 - 2018
Table 20 Personal mobile ARPU 2012 - 2018
Table 21 Personal mobile service revenue 2012 - 2018
Table 22 Personal mobile data and voice usage per month 2013 - 2018
Table 23 Historic - Movistar mobile subscribers 1999 - 2009
Table 24 Movistar mobile subscribers 2010 - 2018
Table 25 Movistar mobile revenue 2009 - 2018
Table 26 Movistar blended mobile ARPU 2008 - 2018
Table 27 Historic - Nextel mobile revenue 2012 - 2015
Table 28 Historic - Nextel mobile ARPU 2012 - 2015
Table 29 Historic - Nextel mobile subscribers 2002 - 2015
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 2019
Chart 2 Mobile market share at a glance 2004 - 2017

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