Argentina - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Argentina - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Argentina slower than most countries in Latin America to develop a 5G roadmap.

Argentine’s telecom regulator waited until the ITU WRC-19 conference in October 2020 before determining that it would auction spectrum in the 600MHz band for 5G use in late-2021, followed by spectrum in the 3.4-3.8GHz range in 2022. Spectrum in the higher bands (24GHz and 28GHz) will not become available for auction until at least 2023.

However, the regulator has enabled mobile operators to test their 5G capabilities under a range of trial licenses. Movistar and Ericsson performed the first trial using 28GHz mmWave spectrum in 2017, while Telecom Personal worked with Nokia in 2018 to trial 5G using 400MHz of spectrum in the same band. The company then switched to Huawei for trials in Córdoba in 2019, providing data rates of up to 1.8Gb/s.

Telecom Personal ultimately became the first MNO to activate 5G services in Argentina, in February 2021, initially in areas of Buenos Aires and Rosaria. Instead of waiting for the 5G spectrum auctions to be completed, Telecom Personal has launch 5G services using re-farmed LTE spectrum.


  • Executive Summary
  • Key statistics
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Argentina – 2021 (e)
  • Regional Latin America Market Comparison
    • MARKET CHARACTERISTICS
    • MARKET LEADERS
    • MARKET CHALLENGERS
    • MARKET EMERGENTS
    • TMI VERSUS GDP
    • MOBILE AND MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
    • FIXED VERSUS MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
  • Country overview
    • Table Evolution of GDP in Argentina – 2011 – 2021
  • Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
    • ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS AND RESPONSES
    • SUBSCRIBERS
    • INFRASTRUCTURE
  • Telecommunications market
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecom revenue by segment (ARS billion) – 2013 – 2021
      • Table Telecom sector ARPU by segment (ARS / month) – 2013 – 2021
      • Table Investment by sector (ARS billion) – 2013 – 2019
  • Regulatory environment
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM)
    • FIXED-LINE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Argentina Digital Act
      • Interconnect
      • Number Portability (NP)
      • Single licence
    • MOBILE NETWORK DEVELOPMENTS
      • Spectrum auctions
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Change in annual mobile numbers ported – 2012 – 2021
      • Calling Party Pays (CCP)
      • Roaming
      • SIM card registration
  • Mobile market
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration – 2011 – 2026
      • Table Annual change in the number of mobile subscribers – 2011 – 2026
      • Table Change in mobile operators' market share – 2011 – 2021
      • Table Change in the number of prepaid and postpaid mobile subscribers (million) – 2013 – 2021
      • Table Change in the ratio of mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers – 2013 – 2021
      • Table Growth in mobile market revenue and investment (ARS million) – 2013 – 2021
      • Table Development of annualised mobile ARPU – 2013 – 2021
      • Table Growth in mobile voice traffic (billion minutes) – 2013 – 2021
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
        • Table Growth in the number of Movistar's LTE subscribers and penetration – 2016 – 2019
        • Table Increase in the number of LTE base stations in service – 2015 – 2020
      • 3G
      • Other infrastructure developments
      • Mobile data
        • Table Decline in SMS traffic – 2011 – 2021
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2011 – 2026
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Claro
        • Table Growth in the number of Claro's mobile subscribers – 2011 – 2021
        • Table Growth in Claro's wireless revenue – 2009 – 2021
      • Telecom Personal
        • Table Change in Telecom Personal's mobile subscribers and annual change – 2011 – 2021
        • Table Change in the number of Telecom Personal's prepaid, contract, mobile broadband subscribers (million) – 2013 – 2021
        • Table Change in Telecom Personal's mobile ARPU – 2012 – 2021
        • Table Development of Telecom Personal's mobile service revenue (ARS million) – 2012 – 2021
        • Table Personal - mobile data and voice usage per month – 2013 – 2021
      • Movistar
        • Table Change in the number of Movistar's mobile subscribers – 2011 – 2019
        • Table Development of Movistar's mobile revenue (€ million) – 2009 – 2019
        • Table Decline in Movistar's blended mobile ARPU – 2008 – 2019
      • Nextel Argentina
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • Fixed-line broadband market
    • Table Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2011 – 2026
    • Table Change in broadband market share by technology – 2011 – 2021
    • Table Decline in the number of dial-up subscriptions – 2011 – 2021
    • Table Growth in fixed internet services revenue – 2013 – 2021
    • Table Change in the number of fixed broadband connections by access speed – 2014 – 2021
    • Table Average fixed internet access speed – 2014 – 2021
    • Table Fixed internet services ARPU – 2013 – 2021
    • National Broadband Plan
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers and penetration – 2011 – 2021
      • Cablevisión (FiberTel)
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table Change in the number of DSL subscribers and penetration rate – 2011 – 2021
      • Movistar (Telefónica Argentina/Speedy)
        • Table Change in the number of Movistar's broadband subscribers – 2011 – 2019
      • Telecom Argentina (Arnet)
        • Table Growth in the number of Telecom Argentina's broadband subscribers – 2011 – 2021
        • Table Change in Telecom Argentina's broadband ARPU – 2011 – 2021
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers – 2012 – 2021
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Wireless broadband
        • Table Growth in the number of fixed wireless broadband connections – 2010 – 2021
      • Satellite broadband
  • Digital economy
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-EDUCATION
    • E-COMMERCE
      • MercadoLibre
    • ONLINE BANKING
  • Fixed network market
    • Table Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2011 – 2026
    • Table Decline in fixed-line household teledensity – 2013 – 2021
    • Table Fixed telephony ARPU (ARS) – 2011 – 2021
    • MAJOR FIXED-NETWORK OPERATORS
      • Telefónica de Argentina (Movistar)
        • Table Development of Telefónica de Argentina's financial data (€ million) – 2009 – 2021
        • Table Decline in the number of Telefónica de Argentina's fixed lines in service (million) – 2011 – 2019
        • Table Development of Telefónica de Argentina's annualised fixed ARPU (€/month) – 2016 – 2019
      • Telecom Argentina
        • Table Development of Telecom Argentina's financial data (ARS billion) – 2011 – 2021
        • Table Development of Telecom Argentina's capex and EBITDA (ARS billion) – 2017 – 2021
        • Table Growth in Telecom Argentina's domestic revenue by service (ARS billion) – 2011 – 2021
        • Table Change in the number of Telecom Argentina's fixed lines – 2011 – 2021
      • Telecom cooperatives
      • Telmex Argentina
        • Table Growth in the number of Telmex's fixed-line subscriptions – 2009 – 2021
        • Table Development of Telmex's fixed-line financial data (ARS million) – 2011 – 2021
      • IPLAN
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • WHOLESALE
  • Historic data
    • Table Historic - Evolution of GDP in Argentina – 2000 – 2010
    • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1996 – 2010
    • Table Historic - Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 – 2010
    • Table Historic - Telefónica de Argentina fixed lines in service (million) – 2000 – 2010
    • Table Historic - International bandwidth – 2000 – 2010
    • Table Historic - Movistar wholesale accesses – 2005 – 2017
    • Table Historic - Internet users and user penetration – 1996 – 2015
    • Table Historic - Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates – 2000 – 2010
    • Table Historic - DSL subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 – 2010
    • Table Historic - Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 – 2010
    • Table Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 – 2010
    • Table Historic - Movistar broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2010
    • Table Historic - Broadband market share by provider – 2003 – 2014
    • Table Historic - FiberTel broadband subscribers – 2003 – 2016
    • Table Historic - Telecom Argentina - broadband subscribers – 2003 – 2010
    • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1998 – 2010
    • Table Historic - Nextel mobile revenue – 2012 – 2015
    • Table Historic - Nextel mobile ARPU – 2012 – 2015
    • Table Historic - Mobile operators' market share – 1999 – 2010
    • Table Historic - Nextel - mobile subscribers – 2002 – 2015
    • Table Historic - Telecom Personal mobile subscribers, annual change – 1999 – 2010
    • Table Historic - Movistar - mobile subscribers – 1999 – 2010
    • Table Historic - Claro - mobile subscribers – 1999 – 2010
    • Table Historic - Change in broadband market share by technology – 2001 – 2010
    • Table Historic - Decline in SMS traffic – 2007 – 2010
    • Table Historic - Decline in the number of dial-up subscriptions – 2008 – 2010
    • Table Historic - Growth in international internet bandwidth – 2010 – 2017
  • Glossary of abbreviations
  • Related reports

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