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


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

Argentina has an advanced telecom infrastructure though considerable investment is still required to update services in rural areas. To meet pent up demand for telecom services the government has embarked on a large-scale National Broadband Plan. 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-2018 this project was about 75% complete.

Although there are numerous operators licensed to provide services, there remains insufficient competition. The provision of both broadband and mobile services is dominated by a few key players, including Movistar, Telecom Argentina and Claro. The broadband sector is dominated by Movistar and Telecom Argentina. The market saw some consolidation after Telecom Argentina acquired Cablevisión, the cable broadband unit of Grupo Clarín, in January 2018. Grupo Clarín retains an interest in the mobile segment following its January 2016 acquisition of Nextel 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 revenue.

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

Key developments:

Construction started on the ARBR submarine cable between Argentina and Brazil;
Fixed-number portability finally rolled out;
Telecom Argentina completes merger with Cablevisión;
Federal Fibre-Optic Network aiming to connect 2,600 localities across the country;
Argentina develops local link to the Atlantic Cable System (ACSea) in partnership with Brazil;
Report update includes the regulators market data to December 2018, telcos operating and financial data to Q1 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Argentina 2018 (e)
Table 2 Evolution of GDP in Argentina 2000 2018
Table 3 Telecom revenue by segment (ARS) 2013 2018
Table 4 Telecom ARPU by segment (ARS) 2013 2018
Table 5 Investment by sector (ARS) 2013 2018
Table 6 Telefónica de Argentina fixed lines in service 2000 2018
Table 7 Telefónica de Argentina financial data 2014 2018
Table 8 Telefónica de Argentina annualised fixed ARPU 2017 2018
Table 9 Telecom Argentina financial data 2011 2018
Table 10 Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service 2011 2018
Table 11 Telecom Argentina capex and EBITDA 2017 2018
Table 12 Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service 2000 2018
Table 13 Telmex fixed-line subscribers 2013 2019
Table 14 Telmex fixed-line financial data 2013 2019
Table 15 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1996 2009
Table 16 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2018
Table 17 Fixed-line household teledensity 2013 2018
Table 18 International bandwidth 2000 2016
Table 19 Movistar wholesale accesses 2005 2017List of Charts
Chart 1 Telecom revenue by segment (ARS) 2013 2018
Chart 2 Telecom ARPU by segment (ARS) 2013 2018
Chart 3 Telecom investment by segment (ARS) 2013 2018
Chart 13 Telefónica de Argentina fixed lines in service 2009 2018
Chart 14 Telefónica de Argentina financial data 2014 2018
Chart 15 Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service 2011 2018
Chart 16 Evolution of fixed lines in Argentina 2005 2018List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Map of Argentina

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