Argentina - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

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. In the nine months to September 2017 sector more than ARS23.24 billion was invested in the sector. This 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 20.3Mb/s by the third quarter of 2017.

The market still suffers from limited competition, with the two fixed-line incumbents Telefónica de Argentina 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 is from the cable modem platform, itself dominated by Grupo Clarín’s Cablevisión unit. In early 2017 the regulator issued a new decree allowing telcos to branch into the cable TV sector. Within a few months Telecom Argentina’s shareholders agreed to a merger with Cablevisión.

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 mid-2017 about two-thirds of the project had been completed.

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

Key developments:

Telecom Argentina increases investment to offer bundled services over FttP infrastructure; Cablevisión to be merged with Telecom Argentina; new regulations allow telcos to provide audiovisual services from 2018; TVFuego builds a GPON network; more than 30 telecom cooperatives awarded MVNO licences; Telecom Personal launches Wi-Fi service; report update includes company financial and operating data to Q3 2017, regulator’s market data to September 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction and statistical overview
    • 2.1 Market analysis
    • 2.2 Broadband statistics
    • 2.3 National Broadband Plan
    • 2.4 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020 2022
  • 3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • 3.1 Cablevisión (FiberTel)
  • 4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 4.1 Telefónica Argentina (Speedy)
    • 4.2 Telecom Argentina (Arnet)
  • 5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
  • 6. Other fixed broadband services
    • 6.1 Wireless broadband
    • 6.2 Satellite broadband
  • 7. Digital economy
    • 7.1 E-government
    • 7.2 E-education
    • 7.3 E-commerce
      • 7.3.1 Overview of e-commerce in Argentina
      • 7.3.2 MercadoLibre
    • 7.4 Online banking
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Broadband market share by provider – 2003 - 2015
  • Table 2 – Historic - Internet users and user penetration – 1996 - 2009
  • Table 3 – Internet users and user penetration – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 4 – Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 5 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2018
  • Table 6 – Fixed-line broadband and dial-up subscribers – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 7 – Fixed internet services revenue – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Fixed internet services ARPU – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Fixed internet subscriptions by access speed – September 2017
  • Table 10 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 11 – Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 12 –FiberTel – broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 13 – DSL subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Telefónica Argentina broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Telecom Argentina – broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Telecom Argentina – broadband ARPU – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 17 – Telefónica Argentina FttX broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 18 – Fibre broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 19 – Fixed wireless broadband subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 20 – Argentina – B2C e-commerce spending – 2005 - 2015
  • Chart 1 – Internet users and user penetration – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates – 2005 – 2018

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