2016 Argentina - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Argentina’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Convergence and Digital Media;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- August 2016 (15th Edition)

Executive Summary

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.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key statistics
    • 1.1 Country overview
  • 2. Telecommunications market
    • 2.1 Historical overview
    • 2.2 Market analysis
  • 3. Regulatory environment
    • 3.1 Regulatory authorities
      • 3.1.1 Secretaría de Comunicaciones (SeCom)
      • 3.1.2 Comisión Nacional de Comunicaciones (CNC)
      • 3.1.3 Secretaría de Defensa de la Competencia y del Consumidor
      • 3.1.4 Autoridad Federal de las Tecnologias de la Informacion y las Comunicaciones (AFTIC)
      • 3.1.5 Autoridad Federal de Servicios de Comunicación Audiovisual (AFSCA)
      • 3.1.6 Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM)
    • 3.2 Argentina Digital Act
    • 3.3 Interconnect
    • 3.4 Number Portability (NP)
    • 3.5 Single licence
  • 4. Fixed network operators
    • 4.1 Overview of operators
    • 4.2 Telefónica Argentina (TA)
    • 4.3 Telecom Argentina
      • 4.3.1 Shareholder sales
    • 4.4 Telecom cooperatives
    • 4.5 Telmex
    • 4.6 IPLAN
  • 5. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 5.1 Overview of the national telecom network
      • 5.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
    • 5.2 International infrastructure
      • 5.2.1 Submarine cable networks
      • 5.2.2 Satellite networks
    • 5.3 Wholesale
  • 6. Broadband market
    • 6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 6.1.1 Market analysis
      • 6.1.2 Broadband statistics
      • 6.1.3 National Broadband Plan
      • 6.1.4 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • 6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
      • 6.2.1 Cablevisión (FiberTel)
    • 6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 6.3.1 Telefónica Argentina (Speedy)
      • 6.3.2 Telecom Argentina (Arnet)
    • 6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 6.5 Other fixed broadband services
      • 6.5.1 Wireless broadband
  • 7. Digital media
    • 7.1 Introduction
    • 7.2 Videostreaming
    • 7.3 Pay TV market overview
    • 7.4 Regulatory issues
      • 7.4.1 Audiovisual Communications Law
      • 7.4.2 Kirchner vs Clarín
      • 7.4.3 Amendments – 2016
    • 7.5 Cable TV
      • 7.5.1 Grupo Clarín
      • 7.5.2 Cablevisión
      • 7.5.3 Cablevisión/Multicanal merger
    • 7.6 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
    • 7.7 Communications: VoIP
    • 7.8 Social media
  • 8. Digital economy
    • 8.1 E-government
    • 8.2 E-education
    • 8.3 E-commerce
      • 8.3.1 Overview of e-commerce in Argentina
      • 8.3.2 MercadoLibre
    • 8.4 Online banking
  • 9. Mobile communications
    • 9.1 Market analysis
    • 9.2 Mobile statistics
      • 9.2.1 General statistics
      • 9.2.2 Mobile data
      • 9.2.3 Mobile broadband
      • 9.2.4 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • 9.3 Regulatory issues
      • 9.3.1 Spectrum auctions
      • 9.3.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 9.3.3 Calling Party Pays (CCP)
      • 9.3.4 Roaming
    • 9.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.4.1 Digital networks
      • 9.4.2 Other infrastructure developments
    • 9.5 Major mobile operators
      • 9.5.1 Claro (previously CTI Móvil)
      • 9.5.2 Telecom Personal
      • 9.5.3 Movistar
      • 9.5.4 Nextel Argentina
      • 9.5.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • 9.6 Mobile content and applications
      • 9.6.1 m-TV
    • 9.7 Mobile handsets
    • Table 1 – Country statistics Argentina – 2016 (e)
    • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2015
    • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2015
    • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2015
    • Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
    • Table 7 – Evolution of GDP in Argentina – 2000 - 2016
    • Table 8 – Fixed lines and mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2016
    • Table 9 – Fixed and mobile market share – 1998 - 2016
    • Table 10 – Telecom revenue by segment – 2002 - 2016
    • Table 11 – Fixed lines in service – market share – 2003 - 2015
    • Table 12 – Telefónica Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 – 2016
    • Table 13 – Telecom Argentina financial data – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 14 – Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 15 – Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2016
    • Table 16 – Telmex fixed-line subscribers – 2013 - 2016
    • Table 17 – Telmex fixed-line revenue – 2013 - 2015
    • Table 18 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1996 - 2009
    • Table 19 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2017
    • Table 20 – International bandwidth – 2005 - 2015
    • Table 21 – Telefónica Argentina wholesale accesses – 2005 - 2016
    • Table 22 – Historic - Internet users and user penetration – 1996 - 2009
    • Table 23 – Internet users and user penetration – 2010 - 2016
    • Table 24 – Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates – 2000 - 2016
    • Table 25 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2016
    • Table 26 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • Table 27 – Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2016
    • Table 28 –FiberTel – broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2016
    • Table 29 – DSL subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2016
    • Table 30 – Telefónica Argentina broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2016
    • Table 31 – Telecom Argentina – broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2016
    • Table 32 – Telecom Argentina – broadband ARPU – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 33 – Fibre broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2016
    • Table 34 – Wireless broadband subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2016
    • Table 35 – Cablevisión cable TV subscribers – 2000 – 2016
    • Table 36 – Facebook users and penetration – 2008 - 2015
    • Table 37 – Argentina – B2C e-commerce spending – 2005 - 2015
    • Table 38 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1998 - 2009
    • Table 39 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2017
    • Table 40 – Historic - Mobile operators’ market share – 1999 - 2009
    • Table 41 – Mobile operators’ market share – 2010 – 2015
    • Table 42 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2004 - 2015
    • Table 43 – SMS traffic – 2007 - 2016
    • Table 44 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2016
    • Table 45 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • Table 46 – Mobile numbers ported – 2012 - 2015
    • Table 47 – Historic - Claro – mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2009
    • Table 48 – Claro – mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2016
    • Table 49 – Claro – wireless revenue – 2013 - 2016
    • Table 50 – Telecom Personal – mobile subscribers, annual change – 1999 - 2016
    • Table 51 – Personal – prepaid, contract, mobile broadband subscribers – 2012- 2016
    • Table 52 – Personal – mobile ARPU – 2012 - 2016
    • Table 53 – Personal – mobile service revenue – 2012 - 2016
    • Table 54 – Personal – mobile data and voice usage per month– 2013 - 2016
    • Table 55 – Historic - Movistar – mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2009
    • Table 56 – Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2016
    • Table 57 – Movistar – mobile revenue – 2009 - 2016
    • Table 58 – Movistar – mobile ARPU – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 59 – Nextel mobile revenue – 2012 - 2015
    • Table 60 – Nextel mobile ARPU – 2012 - 2015
    • Table 61 – Nextel – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2015
    • Chart 1 – Fixed and mobile subscribers in Argentina – 2005 – 2016
    • Chart 2 – Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service – 2011 – 2016
    • Chart 3 – Evolution of fixed lines in Argentina – 2005 – 2017
    • Chart 4 – Broadband market share by provider – 2003 - 2015
    • Chart 5 – Internet users and user penetration – 2005 – 2016
    • Chart 6 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 – 2016
    • Chart 7 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2005 – 2017
    • Chart 8 – Mobile market share at a glance – 2004 - 2015
    • Exhibit 1 – Telefónica Argentina at a glance
    • Exhibit 2 – Telecom Argentina at a glance
    • Exhibit 3 – Telecom Argentina – shareholder and antitrust issues
    • Exhibit 4 – Grupo Clarín at a glance
    • Exhibit 5 – Claro at a glance
    • Exhibit 6 – Telecom Personal at a glance
    • Exhibit 7 – Movistar at a glance

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