Argentina - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

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 ARS4.53 billion 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 revenue accounts for more than two thirds of total telecom revenue, and this proportion continues to rise at the expense of fixed-line revenue.

This report provides an overview of Argentina’s telecom market and regulatory environment, accompanied by statistical data and analyses on recent market developments.

Key developments:

  • 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 data to December 2018, telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Movistar (Telefónica de Argentina), Telecom Argentina, Grupo Clarín, Movistar, Claro, Telecom Personal, Nextel Argentina, DirecTV, Claro, IPLAN, IP-TEL, Fecotel, Fecosur, COTEL, Cotecal, ARSAT, INVAP.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Historical overview
    • Market analysis
  • Regional Latin America Market Comparison

    • Telecom Maturity Index by tier
      • Top-tier – Market Leaders
      • Middle-tier – Market Challengers
      • Bottom-tier – Market Emergents
      • South America Telecom Maturity Index
      • Central America Telecom Maturity Index
    • TMI versus GDP
    • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
    • Fixed and mobile broadband penetration
  • 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)
    • Telecom Argentina
    • Telecom cooperatives
    • Telmex
    • IPLAN
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
      • Fixed-line statistics
    • International infrastructure
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • Wholesale
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Argentina – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Evolution of GDP in Argentina – 2000 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Telecom revenue by segment (ARS) – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Telecom ARPU by segment (ARS) – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 5 – Investment by sector (ARS) – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 6 – Telefónica de Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Telefónica de Argentina financial data – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 8 – Telefónica de Argentina annualised fixed ARPU – 2017 – 2018
  • Table 9 – Telecom Argentina financial data – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 10 – Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 11 – Telecom Argentina capex and EBITDA – 2017 – 2018
  • Table 12 – Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 – 2018
  • Table 13 – Telmex fixed-line subscribers – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 14 – Telmex fixed-line financial data – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 15 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1996 – 2009
  • Table 16 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 17 – Fixed-line household teledensity – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 18 – International bandwidth – 2000 – 2016
  • Table 19 – Movistar wholesale accesses – 2005 – 2017

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Telecom revenue by segment (ARS) – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Telecom ARPU by segment (ARS) – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Telecom investment by segment (ARS) – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 13 – Telefónica de Argentina fixed lines in service – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 14 – Telefónica de Argentina financial data – 2014 – 2018
  • Chart 15 – Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 16 – Evolution of fixed lines in Argentina – 2005 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Map of Argentina

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Number of pages 66

Status Current

Last updated 9 May 2019
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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