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


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Argentina has one of the more sophisticated telecom infrastructures in Latin America, though much investment is still required to update services in rural areas. 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. Spain's Telefónica/Movistar and Telecom Argentina, in the process of being sold by its owner Telecom Italy, are the largest telcos, followed by Claro (owned by América Móvil) and Grupo Clarín.

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. As in other countries in the region, fixed-to-mobile substitution has adversely affected the fixed-line market, where teledensity has fallen steadily each year since peaking at 24.5% in 2005.

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

Key developments:

New regulatory body, AFTIC, replaces SeCom and CNC; regulator blocks Telecom Italia's sale of its indirect stake in Telecom Argentina to Fintech; Argentina Digital Act comes into force, leading to radical overhaul of telecom sector; economic outlook into 2016 remains uncertain; LTE sector showing rapid development; Arsat-1 and 2 satellites launch, providing a range of services across Argentina and neighbouring countries; Federal Fibre-Optic Network connecting 1,800 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 2015, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Telefónica Argentina, Telecom Argentina, Grupo Clarín, Movistar, Claro, Telecom Personal, Nextel, 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 authorities
5.1.1 Secretaría de Comunicaciones (SeCom)
5.1.2 Comisión Nacional de Comunicaciones (CNC)
5.1.3 Secretaría de Defensa de la Competencia y del Consumidor
5.1.4 Autoridad Federal de las Tecnologias de la Informacion y las Comunicaciones (AFTIC)
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 (TA)
6.3 Telecom Argentina
6.3.1 Shareholder sales
6.4 Telecom cooperatives
6.5 Claro
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
7.3 Infrastructure developments
7.3.1 CDMA 450
7.3.2 IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
8. Wholesale
9. Related reports
List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 Country statistics Argentina 2015 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2015 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2015 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Argentina 2000 - 2015
Table 8 Fixed lines and mobile subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 9 Fixed and mobile market share 1998 - 2016
Table 10 Telecom revenue by segment and as proportion of national GDP 2010 - 2015
Table 11 Telecom revenue by segment 2002 - 2015
Table 12 Fixed lines in service market share 2003 - 2015
Table 13 Telefónica Argentina fixed lines in service 2000 - 2015
Table 14 Telecom Argentina financial data 2011 - 2015
Table 15 Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service 2011 - 2015
Table 16 Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service 2000 - 2015
Table 17 Claro fixed-line subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 18 Claro fixed-line revenue 2013 - 2015
Table 19 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1996 - 2004
Table 20 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2016
Table 21 International bandwidth 2005 - 2014
Table 22 Telefónica de Argentina wholesale accesses 2005 - 2015
Chart 1 Fixed and mobile subscribers in Argentina 2005 2016
Chart 2 Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service 2011 2015
Chart 3 Evolution of fixed lines in Argentina 2005 2016
Exhibit 1 Map of Argentina
Exhibit 2 Telefónica Argentina at a glance
Exhibit 3 Telecom Argentina at a glance
Exhibit 4 Telecom Argentina shareholder and antitrust issues

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