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Argentina - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Argentina - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Argentina has one of the more advanced telecom infrastructures in Latin America, though much investment is still required to update services in rural areas. The government has embarked on a large-scale National Broadband Plan, and in August 2016 the state-owned infrastructure operator ARSAT launched a ARS4.53 billion project to extend broadband services to some 1,200 rural communities. BY mid-2017 this project was 60% complete.
Although there are numerous operators licensed to provide services, there is insufficient competition in the broadband sector, and the provision of both broadband and mobile services is dominated by a few key players, including Movistar and Telecom Argentina, and Claro. The cable broadband sector is dominated by Grupo Clarín, which has an interest in the mobile segment following its January 2016 acquisition of Nextel Argentina. In September 2017 Grupo Clarín agreed to a merger between its Cablevisión unit with Telecom Argentina.
Mobile revenue accounts for more than two thirds of total telecom revenue, and this proportion continues to rise at the expense of fixed-line sales.
This report provides an overview of Argentina's telecom market and regulatory environment, accompanied by statistical data, and analyses on recent developments.

Key developments:

Telecom Argentina agrees to merger with Cablevisión; new regulatory body, ENACOM, replaces AFTIC and AFSCA; Argentina Digital Act comes into force, leading to radical overhaul of telecom sector; LTE sector showing rapid development; ARSAT-1 and ARSAT-2 satellites launch, providing a range of services across Argentina and regional countries, though ARSAT-3 program is cancelled; Federal Fibre-Optic Network aiming to connect 2,600 localities across the country; telcos' network investment strategies driven by broadband and data communications services; Argentina develops local link to the Atlantic Cable System (ACSea) in partnership with Brazil; report update includes telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2017, regulator's market data to September 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telefónica Argentina, Telecom Argentina, Grupo Clarín, Movistar, Claro, Telecom Personal, Nextel Argentina, DirecTV, Claro, IPLAN, IP-TEL, Fecotel, Fecosur, COTEL, Cotecal, ARSAT, INVAP.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Historical overview
4.2 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.1.1 Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM)
5.2 Argentina Digital Act
5.3 Interconnect
5.4 Number Portability (NP)
5.5 Single licence
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Overview of operators
6.2 Telefónica Argentina (Movistar)
6.3 Telecom Argentina
6.4 Telecom cooperatives
6.5 Telmex
6.6 IPLAN
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Submarine cable networks
7.2.2 Satellite networks
8. Wholesale
9. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Argentina 2017 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2017
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2017 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2017 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2017 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Argentina 2000 - 2017
Table 10 Telecom revenue by segment ($) 2002 - 2014
Table 10 Telecom revenue by segment (ARS) 2013 - 2017
Table 10 Fixed-line investment (ARS) 2013 - 2017
Table 12 Telefónica Argentina fixed lines in service 2000 2017
Table 12 Telefónica Argentina financial data 2014 2017
Table 13 Telecom Argentina financial data 2011 - 2017
Table 14 Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service 2011 - 2017
Table 15 Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service 2000 - 2017
Table 16 Telmex fixed-line subscribers 2013 - 2017
Table 17 Telmex fixed-line revenue 2013 - 2017
Table 18 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1996 - 2009
Table 19 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2018
Table 20 International bandwidth 2005 2016
Table 21 Telefónica Argentina wholesale accesses 2005 - 2017
Chart 2 Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service 2011 2017
Chart 3 Evolution of fixed lines in Argentina 2005 2018
Exhibit 1 Map of Argentina

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