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Argentina - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Argentina - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Argentinian telcos scale down investments in response to harsh economic climate

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 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 penetration is about 138%, with a slight fall in the number of subscribers in recent years following a long period of steady annual growth. Many Argentineans own more than one SIM card though pricing competition among operators has reduced the incentive for multiple-SIM card ownership. Claro, Telecom Personal and Movistar closely compete in the market, with Nextel Argentina having a small market share. The regulator has encouraged the market entry of additional MVNOs to increase competition.

Significant improvements to the capacity of mobile networks are anticipated during the next few years following the auction of spectrum in the 700MHz and 1700-2100MHz bands, which increased the available spectrum for operators to 380MHz. In addition, the regulator is aiming to reassign 600MHz spectrum from pay-TV services for mobile broadband use.

Argentina has one of the highest broadband penetration rates in Latin America. The country’s economic and political difficulties during the last decade have impacted on sector investments, though there have been steady improvements in recent quarters. A large tranch of investment has been earmarked to expand fibre networks beyond certain areas of the main cities. This work has had a positive effect on the delivery of services, with the average download speed having increased from 5.3Mb/s in the first quarter of 2016 to 13.2Mb/s by the second quarter of 2018.

This report provides an overview of Argentina’s telecom market and regulatory environment, accompanied by statistical data and analyses on recent market developments. The report also covers the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband markets, as also developments in the mobile voice and data segments.

Key developments:

Telecom Argentina scales down investment in response to macro-economic difficulties;
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 regulator’s market update to March 2018, telcos’ operating data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Argentina – 2018 (e)
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
      • Table Evolution of GDP in Argentina – 2000 - 2018
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecom revenue by segment (ARS) – 2013 - 2018
      • Table Investment by sector (ARS) – 2013 - 2018
  • 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 Telefónica de Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 – 2018
      • Table Telefónica de Argentina financial data – 2014 – 2018
    • TELECOM ARGENTINA
      • Table Telecom Argentina financial data – 2011 - 2018
      • Table Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service – 2011 - 2018
      • Table Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2018
    • TELECOM COOPERATIVES
    • TELMEX
      • Table Telmex fixed-line subscribers – 2013 - 2018
      • Table Telmex fixed-line revenue – 2013 - 2018
    • 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 - 2018
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
        • Table International bandwidth – 2000 – 2016
      • Satellite networks
    • WHOLESALE
      • Table Movistar wholesale accesses – 2005 - 2017
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
        • Table Broadband market share by technology – 2016 - 2018
        • Table Broadband market share by provider – 2003 - 2015
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and user penetration – 1996 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and user penetration – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates – 2000 - 2018
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2018
        • Table Fixed-line broadband and dial-up subscribers – 2008 - 2018
        • Table Fixed internet services revenue – 2013 - 2018
        • Table Fixed internet services ARPU – 2013 - 2018
        • Table Fixed internet subscriptions by access speed – 2017 - 2018
      • National Broadband Plan
      • Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021 2023
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2018
      • Cablevisión (FiberTel)
        • Table Historic - FiberTel broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2016
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2018
      • Movistar (Telefónica Argentina/Speedy)
        • Table Movistar broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2018
      • Telecom Argentina (Arnet)
        • Table Telecom Argentina – broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2018
        • Table Telecom Argentina – broadband ARPU – 2011 - 2018
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Movistar FttX broadband subscribers – 2016 - 2018
      • Table Fibre broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2018
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Wireless broadband
        • Table Fixed wireless broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2018
      • Satellite broadband
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-EDUCATION
    • E-COMMERCE
      • Overview of e-commerce in Argentina
      • 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 - 2019
        • Table Mobile subscriber annual change – 2009 - 2018
        • Table Historic - Mobile operators' market share – 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile operators' market share – 2010 – 2017
        • Table Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2013 - 2018
        • Table Mobile market revenue and investment – 2013 - 2018
        • Table Mobile annualised ARPU – 2013 - 2018
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS traffic – 2007 - 2018
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
      • Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2023; 2023
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum auctions
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile numbers ported – 2012 - 2018
      • Calling Party Pays (CCP)
      • Roaming
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table Movistar LTE subscribers and penetration – 2016 - 2018
      • Table LTE base stations in service – 2015 - 2018
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Claro (previously CTI Móvil)
        • Table Historic - Claro – mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2009
        • Table Claro – mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Claro – wireless revenue – 2012 - 2018
      • Telecom Personal
        • Table Telecom Personal – mobile subscribers, annual change – 1999 - 2018
        • Table Personal – prepaid, contract, mobile broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2018
        • Table Personal – mobile ARPU – 2012 - 2018
        • Table Personal – mobile service revenue – 2012 - 2018
        • Table Personal – mobile data and voice usage per month– 2013 - 2018
      • Movistar
        • Table Historic - Movistar – mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2009
        • Table Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Movistar – mobile revenue – 2009 - 2018
        • Table Movistar – blended mobile ARPU – 2008 - 2018
      • Nextel Argentina
        • Table Historic - Nextel mobile revenue – 2012 - 2015
        • Table Historic - Nextel mobile ARPU – 2012 - 2015
        • Table Historic - Nextel – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2015
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)

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