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Argentina - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Argentina - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Argentina to reassign 600MHz spectrum for mobile use by mid-2018

Argentina has one of the more advanced telecom infrastructures in Latin America, though much investment is still required to update services in rural areas. To this end 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. Economic and political difficulties during the last decade have impacted on sector investments, and while the economy outlook into 2017 remains uncertain the devaluation of the peso against the US dollar continues to impact on operator revenue, and thus on investment plans.

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, which was recently sold by Telecom Italia, are the largest telcos, followed by América Móvil’s Claro/Telmex. The pay-TV sector is dominated by Grupo Clarín, which also has an interest in the broadband segment as well as the mobile market following its January 2016 acquisition of Nextel Argentina.

The country has one of the most dynamic mobile markets in the region, being the third largest after Brazil and Mexico. Mobile penetration was about 143% by mid-2016, with a slight fall in the number of subscribers year-on-year following a long period of steady annual growth. Three mobile companies closely compete in the market, with Claro marginally the market leader. Grupo Clarin has now entered the market via Nextel Argentina, and though Nextel only has about 7% market share Grupo Clarin is able to add mobile services to its broadband and cable TVs offerings. By the end of 2016 the conglomerate is also expected to have launched ITPV/VoD services. The MVNO is gaining in strength, with Virgin Mobile becoming one of the more recent licensed players. Resolution 38/2016 has in addition introduced regulations aimed at facilitating the entry of smaller MVNOs and so encouraging market competition.

Significant improvements to the reliability of mobile networks are anticipated during the next few years following the auction of spectrum in the 700MHz and 1700-2100MHz bands, while by mid-2018 operators will also be able to make use of spectrum in the 600MHz band which will be reassigned from pay-TV providers.

The broadband market suffers from limited competition. The two fixed-line incumbents Telefónica Argentina and Telecom Argentina dominate the DSL platform, with the only meaningful competition coming from the cable modem platform, itself dominated by Grupo Clarín’s Cablevisión unit. The five-year national connectivity plan, dubbed ‘Argentina Conectada’, is being managed by the state-owned satellite company ARSAT, which also recently became involved in a ARS4.53 billion project to deliver low-cost broadband to 1,200 rural localities across the country.

This report provides an overview of Argentina’s telecom market and regulatory environment. It also reviews the broadband and pay TV markets, accompanied by relevant statistics, analyses, and broadband scenario forecasts to 2021. In addition the report assesses the mobile market, providing profiles of the mobile operators, a review of the growing MVNO sector and subscriber forecasts to 2021.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Argentina - 2016 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2015
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2015
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2015
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
      • Table Evolution of GDP in Argentina - 2000 - 2016
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Fixed lines and mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2016
      • Table Fixed and mobile market share - 1998 - 2016
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecom revenue by segment - 2002 - 2016
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
      • Secretaría de Comunicaciones (SeCom)
      • Comisión Nacional de Comunicaciones (CNC)
      • Secretaría de Defensa de la Competencia y del Consumidor
      • Autoridad Federal de las Tecnologias de la Informacion y las Comunicaciones (AFTIC)
      • Autoridad Federal de Servicios de Comunicación Audiovisual (AFSCA)
      • Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM)
    • ARGENTINA DIGITAL ACT
    • INTERCONNECT
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
    • SINGLE LICENCE
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW OF OPERATORS
      • Table Fixed lines in service - market share - 2003 - 2015
    • TELEFÓNICA ARGENTINA (TA)
      • Table Telefónica Argentina at a glance
      • Table Telefónica Argentina fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2016
    • TELECOM ARGENTINA
      • Table Telecom Argentina at a glance
      • Table Telecom Argentina financial data - 2011 - 2016
      • Table Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service - 2011 - 2016
      • Table Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2016
      • Shareholder sales
    • TELECOM COOPERATIVES
    • TELMEX
      • Table Telmex fixed-line subscribers - 2013 - 2016
      • Table Telmex fixed-line revenue - 2013 - 2015
    • IPLAN
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Fixed-line statistics
        • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2009
        • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2017
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
        • Table International bandwidth - 2005 - 2015
      • Satellite networks
    • WHOLESALE
      • Table Telefónica Argentina wholesale accesses - 2005 - 2016
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and user penetration - 1996 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and user penetration - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates - 2000 - 2016
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2001 - 2016
      • National Broadband Plan
      • Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates - 2001 - 2016
      • Cablevisión (FiberTel)
        • Table FiberTel - broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2016
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers and penetration rates - 2001 - 2016
      • Telefónica Argentina (Speedy)
        • Table Telefónica Argentina broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2016
      • Telecom Argentina (Arnet)
        • Table Telecom Argentina - broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2016
        • Table Telecom Argentina - broadband ARPU - 2011 - 2016
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Fibre broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2016
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Wireless broadband
        • Table Wireless broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2016
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
    • PAY TV MARKET OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Audiovisual Communications Law
      • Kirchner vs Clarín
      • Amendments - 2016
    • CABLE TV
      • Grupo Clarín
        • Table Grupo Clarín at a glance
      • Cablevisión
        • Table Cablevisión cable TV subscribers - 2000 - 2016
      • Cablevisión/Multicanal merger
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV (DTTV)
    • COMMUNICATIONS: VOIP
    • SOCIAL MEDIA
      • Table Facebook users and penetration - 2008 - 2015
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-EDUCATION
    • E-COMMERCE
      • Overview of e-commerce in Argentina
        • Table Argentina - B2C e-commerce spending - 2005 - 2015
      • MercadoLibre
    • ONLINE BANKING
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 1998 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Historic - Mobile operators' market share - 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile operators' market share - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 2004 - 2015
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS traffic - 2007 - 2016
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2016
      • Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum auctions
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Mobile numbers ported - 2012 - 2015
      • Calling Party Pays (CCP)
      • Roaming
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Claro (previously CTI Móvil)
        • Table Claro at a glance
        • Table Historic - Claro - mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2009
        • Table Claro - mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Claro - wireless revenue - 2013 - 2016
      • Telecom Personal
        • Table Telecom Personal at a glance
        • Table Telecom Personal - mobile subscribers, annual change - 1999 - 2016
        • Table Personal - prepaid, contract, mobile broadband subscribers - 2012- 2016
        • Table Personal - mobile ARPU - 2012 - 2016
        • Table Personal - mobile service revenue - 2012 - 2016
        • Table Personal - mobile data and voice usage per month- 2013 - 2016
      • Movistar
        • Table Movistar at a glance
        • Table Historic - Movistar - mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2009
        • Table Movistar - mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Movistar - mobile revenue - 2009 - 2016
        • Table Movistar - mobile ARPU - 2008 - 2016
      • Nextel Argentina
        • Table Nextel mobile revenue - 2012 - 2015
        • Table Nextel mobile ARPU - 2012 - 2015
        • Table Nextel - mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2015
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-TV
    • MOBILE HANDSETS

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