Argentina - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Argentina has one of the highest broadband penetration rates in Latin America, supported by investment among operators as well as a number of government programs aimed at extending the reach of services. Although the country’s economic and political difficulties during the last decade have impacted on sector investments there have been steady improvements in recent quarters, with a considerable proportion of investment being earmarked for expanding fibre networks beyond areas of the principal 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 12Mb/s by the fourth quarter of 2017 and to 20.3Mb/s by the second quarter of 2019.

The market still suffers from limited competition, with the two fixed-line incumbents Movistar (known as Telefónica de Argentina before a rebranding exercise in April 2018) and Telecom Argentina dominating the DSL platform. These operators offer similar services and together control about two-thirds of all fixed-line broadband connections. The only meaningful competition was from the cable modem platform, which was owned by Grupo Clarín’s Cablevisión unit until early 2018 when it was acquired by Telecom Argentina. The merger of the two companies (approved by the competition authorities in June 2018) was made possible following an early 2017 decree allowing telcos to branch into the cable TV sector.

A national connectivity plan, dubbed ‘Argentina Conectada’, involves the deployment of broadband services and free-to-air digital TV to underserved parts of the country. The plan was launched in late 2010, with the state-owned satellite company ARSAT responsible for the project. In August 2016 ARSAT also became a partner in a project to deliver low-cost broadband to 1,200 localities across the country. The project is expected to cost ARS4.53 billion, of which ARS3.66 billion will be used to connect localities to the Federal Fibre-Optic Network (REFEFO), which is comprised of a federal backbone network made up of thirteen geographic regions, as well as provincial networks interconnected to the backbone. The network will span 58,000km and connect around 2,600 localities, accounting for 90% of the population. By late 2019 the project had been largely completed.

This report provides an overview of Argentina’s fixed and fixed-wireless broadband markets, accompanied by statistics, analyses, and subscriber forecasts to 2024.

Key developments:

  • Telecom Argentina scales down investment in response to macro-economic difficulties;
  • Cablevisión merged with Telecom Argentina;
  • TVFuego builds a GPON network;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to September 2019, company financial and operating data to Q3 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Movistar (Telefónica de Argentina), Telecom Argentina, Grupo Clarín, Cablevisión, Claro, VeloCom, Netizen, Phonevision/Omnivision, Telpin, DirecTV, Supercanal, Telecentro, Red Intercable, ARSAT, MercadoLibre

Table of Contents

  • Introduction and statistical overview

    • Market analysis
    • Broadband statistics
    • National Broadband Plan
  • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks

    • Cablevisión (FiberTel)
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

    • Movistar (Telefónica Argentina/Speedy)
    • Telecom Argentina (Arnet)
  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks

  • Other fixed broadband services

    • Wireless broadband
    • Satellite broadband
  • Digital economy

    • E-government
    • E-education
    • E-commerce
      • Overview of e-commerce in Argentina
      • MercadoLibre
    • Online banking
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Change in broadband market share by technology – 2016 – 2019
  • Table 2 – Growth in the number of fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 3 – Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 4 – Decline in the number of dial-up subscriptions – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 5 – Growth in fixed internet services revenue – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 6 – Fixed internet services ARPU – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 7 – Change in the number of fixed broadband connections by access speed – 2017 – 2019
  • Table 8 – Average fixed internet access speed – 2015 – 2019
  • Table 9 – Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 10 – Change in the number of DSL subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 11 – Change in the number of Movistar’s broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 12 – Growth in the number of Telecom Argentina’s broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 13 – Change in Telecom Argentina’s broadband ARPU – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 14 – Growth in the number of Movistar’s FttX broadband subscribers – 2016 – 2019
  • Table 15 – Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 16 – Growth in the number of fixed wireless broadband connections – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 17 – Historic - Internet users and user penetration – 1996 – 2015
  • Table 18 – Historic - Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 19 – Historic - DSL subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 20 – Historic - Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 21 – Historic - Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 22 – Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 23 – Historic - Movistar broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 24 – Historic - Broadband market share by provider – 2003 – 2014
  • Table 25 – Historic - FiberTel broadband subscribers – 2003 – 2016
  • Table 26 – Historic - DSL subscribers and penetration rate – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 27 – Historic - Telecom Argentina – broadband subscribers – 2003 – 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Change in broadband market share by technology – 2016 – 2019
  • Chart 2 – Growth in the number of fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 3 – Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 4 – Growth in fixed internet services revenue – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 5 – Change in the number of fixed broadband connections by access speed – 2017 – 2019
  • Chart 6 – Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 7 – Change in the number of DSL subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 8 – Change in the number of Movistar’s broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 9 – Growth in the number of Telecom Argentina’s broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 10 – Change in Telecom Argentina’s broadband ARPU – 2011 – 2019
  • Chart 11 – Growth in the number of Movistar’s FttX broadband subscribers – 2016 – 2019
  • Chart 12 – Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 13 – Growth in the number of fixed wireless broadband connections – 2010 – 2019

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