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Argentina - Telecom Market Trends, Key Statistics and Regulatory Overview

Argentina - Telecom Market Trends, Key Statistics and Regulatory Overview

Argentina has one of the more modern telecom infrastructures in Latin America, with a large number of companies licensed to provide services. Telecom revenues are expected to have reached more than $17.8 billion in 2013. Mobile revenues account for more than two thirds of total telecom revenues, and this proportion continues to rise at the expense of fixed-line sales.

Considering both mobile and fixed-line revenues, Spain's Telefónica/Movistar and Italy's Telecom Argentina are the largest telecom operators, followed by Mexico's Claro and Argentina's Grupo Clarín.

The country's regulatory framework encourages competition and supports smaller telecom players. Argentina has adopted a single licence system (Licencia Única), which telecom companies must obtain regardless of the services they wish to provide. Operators must list in their licence applications which services they wish to offer, but can at any time register for additional ones. However, broadband competition is weak, and the wholesale market is poorly regulated.

This report provides an overview of Argentina's telecom market and regulatory environment, accompanied by statistical data, analyses, and outlook.

Key developments:

Argentina Digital Act passes, leading to radical overhaul of telecom sector; economic outlook for 2015 remains uncertain, with inflation continuing to represent a serious problem for the country's economy; the fastest growing telecom service into 2015 is likely to remain mobile and mobile data service; LTE sector looks set for further development following operator trials; report update includes recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report include:

Telefónica Argentina, Telecom Argentina, Grupo Clarín, Movistar, Claro, Telecom Personal, Nextel, DirecTV.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.1 Economic background
3.1.1 GDP growth
3.1.2 Outlook
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview of Argentina's telecom market
4.2 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Background
5.2 Regulatory authorities
5.2.1 Secretaría de Comunicaciones (SeCom)
5.2.2 Comisión Nacional de Comunicaciones (CNC)
5.2.3 Secretaría de Defensa de la Competencia y del Consumidor
5.3 Argentina Digital Act
5.4 Interconnect
5.5 Number Portability (NP)
5.6 Single licence
6. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Argentina 2014 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2014 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2014 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Argentina 2000 - 2014
Table 8 Fixed lines and mobile subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 9 Fixed and mobile market share 1998 - 2014
Table 10 Telecom revenue by segment and as proportion of national GDP 2010 - 2015
Chart 1 Fixed and mobile subscribers in Argentina 2005 2014
Exhibit 1 Map of Argentina

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