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

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 2016 the state-owned infrastructure operator ARSAT launched a ARS4.53 billion program to extend broadband services to some 1,200 rural communities. By late 2019 this project was mostly 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:

Telefónica Group looks to sell Latin American operations excepting Brazil;
Construction started on the ARBR submarine cable between Argentina and Brazil;
Fixed-number portability finally rolled out;
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 September 2019, telcos operating and financial data to Q3 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


  • Synopsis
  • Key statistics
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Argentina – 2019 (e)
  • Regional Latin America Market Comparison
    • TELECOM MATURITY INDEX BY TIER
      • Top-tier – Market Leaders
      • Middle-tier – Market Challengers
      • Bottom-tier – Market Emergents
      • South America Telecom Maturity Index
      • Central America Telecom Maturity Index
    • TMI VERSUS GDP
    • MOBILE AND MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
    • FIXED AND MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
  • Telecommunications market
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecom revenue by segment (ARS) – 2013 – 2019
      • Table Telecom sector ARPU by segment (ARS) – 2013 – 2019
      • Table Investment by sector (ARS) – 2013 – 2019
  • Country overview
    • Table Evolution of GDP in Argentina – 2010 – 2019
  • Regulatory environment
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM)
    • ARGENTINA DIGITAL ACT
      • Interconnect
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
    • SINGLE LICENCE
  • Fixed network operators
    • OVERVIEW OF OPERATORS
    • TELEFÓNICA DE ARGENTINA (MOVISTAR)
      • Table Decline in the number of Telefónica de Argentina's fixed lines in service – 2009 – 2019
      • Table Development of Telefónica de Argentina's financial data – 2014 – 2019
      • Table Development of Telefónica de Argentina's annualised fixed ARPU – 2017 – 2019
    • TELECOM ARGENTINA
      • Table Development of Telecom Argentina's financial data – 2011 – 2019
      • Table Growth in Telecom Argentina's domestic revenue by service – 2011 – 2019
      • Table Telecom Argentina capex and EBITDA – 2017 – 2019
      • Table Change in the number of Telecom Argentina's fixed lines in service – 2009 – 2019
    • TELECOM COOPERATIVES
    • TELMEX ARGENTINA
      • Table Growth in the number of Telmex's fixed-line subscriptions – 2013 – 2019
      • Table Development of Telmex's fixed-line financial data – 2013 – 2019
    • IPLAN
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Fixed-line statistics
        • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2024
        • Table Decline in fixed-line household teledensity – 2013 – 2019
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
        • Table Growth in international internet bandwidth – 2010 – 2017
      • Satellite networks
    • WHOLESALE
  • Appendix – Historic data
    • Table Historic - Evolution of GDP in Argentina – 2000 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1996 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Telefónica de Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 – 2009
    • Table Historic - International bandwidth – 2000 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Movistar wholesale accesses – 2005 – 2017
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