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

Synopsis

Argentina has one of the more advanced telecom infrastructures in Latin America, though much investment is still required to update services in rural areas. The government has embarked on a large-scale National Broadband Plan, and 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-2017 this project was 60% complete.

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, including Movistar and Telecom Argentina, and Claro. The cable broadband sector is dominated by Grupo Clarín, which has an interest in the mobile segment following its January 2016 acquisition of Nextel Argentina. In September 2017 Grupo Clarín agreed to a merger between its Cablevisión unit with Telecom 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 sales.

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

Key developments:

Telecom Argentina agrees to merger with Cablevisión; new regulatory body, ENACOM, replaces AFTIC and AFSCA; Argentina Digital Act comes into force, leading to radical overhaul of telecom sector; LTE sector showing rapid development; ARSAT-1 and ARSAT-2 satellites launch, providing a range of services across Argentina and regional countries, though ARSAT-3 program is cancelled; Federal Fibre-Optic Network aiming to connect 2,600 localities across the country; telcos’ network investment strategies driven by broadband and data communications services; Argentina develops local link to the Atlantic Cable System (ACSea) in partnership with Brazil; report update includes telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2017, regulator’s market data to September 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telefónica 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

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Historical overview
    • 4.2 Market analysis
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Regulatory authority
      • 5.1.1 Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM)
    • 5.2 Argentina Digital Act
    • 5.3 Interconnect
    • 5.4 Number Portability (NP)
    • 5.5 Single licence
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Overview of operators
    • 6.2 Telefónica Argentina (Movistar)
    • 6.3 Telecom Argentina
    • 6.4 Telecom cooperatives
    • 6.5 Telmex
    • 6.6 IPLAN
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
      • 7.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
      • 7.2.1 Submarine cable networks
      • 7.2.2 Satellite networks
  • 8. Wholesale
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Argentina – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
  • Table 7 – Evolution of GDP in Argentina – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Telecom revenue by segment ($) – 2002 - 2014
  • Table 10 – Telecom revenue by segment (ARS) – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Fixed-line investment (ARS) – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Telefónica Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 12 – Telefónica Argentina financial data – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 13 – Telecom Argentina financial data – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Telmex fixed-line subscribers – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 17 – Telmex fixed-line revenue – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 18 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1996 - 2009
  • Table 19 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 20 – International bandwidth – 2005 – 2016
  • Table 21 – Telefónica Argentina wholesale accesses – 2005 - 2017
  • Chart 2 – Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service – 2011 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Evolution of fixed lines in Argentina – 2005 – 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – Map of Argentina

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Last updated 15 Dec 2017
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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