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


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  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Argentina – 2015 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics – 2015 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics – 2015 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics – 2015 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics – 2015 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
      • Table Evolution of GDP in Argentina – 2000 - 2015
  • 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 and as proportion of national GDP – 2010 - 2015
      • Table Telecom revenue by segment – 2002 - 2015
  • 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)
    • 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 - 2015
    • TELECOM ARGENTINA
      • Table Telecom Argentina at a glance
      • Table Telecom Argentina financial data – 2011 - 2015
      • Table Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service – 2011 - 2015
      • Table Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2015
      • Shareholder sales
    • TELECOM COOPERATIVES
    • CLARO
      • Table Claro fixed-line subscribers – 2013 - 2015
      • Table Claro 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 - 2004
        • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 - 2016
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
        • Table International bandwidth – 2005 - 2014
      • Satellite networks
    • INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • CDMA 450
      • IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
    • WHOLESALE
      • Table Telefónica de Argentina wholesale accesses – 2005 - 2015
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and user penetration – 1996 - 2004
        • Table Internet users and user penetration – 2005 - 2016
        • Table Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates – 2000 - 2016
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2016
        • Table Fixed broadband market share by technology – 2003 - 2015
      • National Broadband Plan
      • Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2015; 2017; 2020
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers – 2015; 2017; 2020
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2016
      • Cablevisión (FiberTel)
        • Table FiberTel – broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2015
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table ADSL subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2016
      • Telefónica de Argentina (Speedy)
        • Table Telefónica Argentina broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2015
      • Telecom Argentina (Arnet)
        • Table Telecom Argentina – broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2015
        • Table Telecom Argentina – broadband ARPU – 2011 - 2015
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Wireless broadband
        • Table Wireless broadband subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2016
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
    • PAY TV MARKET OVERVIEW
      • Pay TV statistics
        • Table Pay TV (cable and satellite) subscribers and penetration rates – 1999 - 2013
        • Table Pay TV operators' market share – 2010 - 2012
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Audiovisual Communications Law
      • Kirchner vs Clarín
    • CABLE TV
      • Grupo Clarín
        • Table Grupo Clarín at a glance
      • Cablevisión
        • Table Cablevisión cable TV subscribers – 2000 – 2015
      • Cablevisión/Multicanal merger
    • SATELLITE-BASED DIGITAL PAY TV DEVELOPMENTS
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV (DTTV)
    • SOCIAL MEDIA
      • Table Facebook users and penetration – 2008 - 2013
  • 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 – RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1998 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Mobile operators' market share – 1999 - 2004
        • Table Mobile operators' market share – 1999 - 2014
      • Mobile voice
        • Table Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2004 - 2015
      • Mobile data
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2015
      • Forecasts
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers – 2015; 2017; 2020
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum auctions
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 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 - 2004
        • Table Claro – mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2015
        • Table Claro – wireless revenue – 2013 - 2015
      • Telecom Personal
        • Table Telecom Personal at a glance
        • Table Personal – mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2015
        • Table Personal – mobile ARPU – 2012 - 2014
        • Table Personal – mobile service revenue – 2012 - 2015
      • Movistar
        • Table Movistar at a glance
        • Table Historic - Movistar – mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2005
        • Table Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2015
        • Table Movistar – mobile revenue – 2009 - 2015
        • Table Movistar – mobile ARPU – 2008 - 2015
      • Nextel Argentina
        • Table Nextel mobile revenue – 2012 - 2015
        • Table Nextel mobile ARPU – 2012 - 2015
        • Table Nextel – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2015
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-TV
    • MOBILE HANDSETS

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

New Argentine telecom regulator blocks key sales among telcos

Argentina has one of the more sophisticated telecom infrastructures in Latin America though much investment is still required to update services in rural areas. There are numerous operators licensed to provide services, but there remains insufficient competition in the broadband sector where the provision of services is dominated by a few key players. The mobile sector is also concentrated, with Claro, Telecom Personal and Movistar each having a similar share and dominating the market despite the presence of several MVNOs. In general terms, Telefónica 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 in 2005. This trend is likely to continue into 2016.

Argentina’s smartphone penetration is relatively high for the region, and further growth is being stimulated by the falling cost of devices and by the extension of LTE networks. Significant improvements to the to the reliability of mobile networks have followed the auction of spectrum in the 700MHz and 1700-2100MHz bands, which increased the available spectrum for operators to 380MHz. Most of this spectrum has been set aside for LTE, while the new licenses have brought significant investment and infrastructure development to the market.

Nevertheless, economic difficulties in recent years have had an impact on telcos investment strategies, exacerbated by the devaluation of the local currency. Political issues between the government and the main media company and broadcaster Grupo Clarín contributed the passing of the Argentina Digital Act at the end of 2014. Under its provisions, telcos have been able to provide some audiovisual services, while operators have also been obliged to provide access and interconnection to competitors.

The launch of the second Arsat satellite in late 2015 will significantly boost telecom services in the region in coming years. Improved broadband connectivity in rural areas of Argentina has also contributed to the growth of OTT videostreaming, with Netflix being the market leader.

This report provides an overview of Argentina’s telecom market and regulatory environment, accompanied by statistical data, and analyses on recent developments. The report also reviews the broadband and pay TV segments, including scenario forecasts to 2020. In addition, it assesses the mobile market, providing a profile of the key operators and their strategies for mobile broadband into 2016, key market statistics, and analyses on regulatory matters.

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;
Arsat-1 and 2 satellites launch, providing a range of services across Argentina and neighbouring countries;
Telcos’ network investment strategies driven by broadband and data communications services; Netflix streaming accounting for a fifth of broadband traffic;
Regulator rejects the sale of 49% stake in Nextel Argentina by NII Holdings;
Revised set of rules and procedures for MVNOs established;
Report update includes telcos’ operating data to Q3 2015, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telefónica Argentina, Telecom Argentina, Grupo Clarín, Movistar, Claro, Telecom Personal, Nextel, DirecTV, IPLAN, IP-TEL, Fecotel, Fecosur, COTEL, Cotecal, Arsat, INVAP, Nuestro Móvil, Libre.ar, Virgin Mobile, Tesacom, Cablevisión, VeloCom, Netizen, Phonevision/Omnivision, Telpin, Supercanal, Telecentro, Red Intercable, MercadoLibre.


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