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 2016 the state-owned infrastructure operator ARSAT launched a ARS4.53 billion program to extend broadband services to some 1,200 rural communities. By late 2019 this project was mostly 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:

  • Telefónica Group looks to sell Latin American operations excepting Brazil;
  • Construction started on the ARBR submarine cable between Argentina and Brazil;
  • Fixed-number portability finally rolled out;
  • 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 September 2019, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 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

  • 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
  • Telecommunications market

    • Historical overview
    • Market analysis
  • Country overview

  • 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 Argentina
    • IPLAN
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
      • Fixed-line statistics
    • International infrastructure
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • Wholesale
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Argentina – 2019 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telecom revenue by segment (ARS) – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 3 – Telecom sector ARPU by segment (ARS) – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 4 – Investment by sector (ARS) – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 5 – Evolution of GDP in Argentina – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 6 – Decline in the number of Telefónica de Argentina’s fixed lines in service – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 7 – Development of Telefónica de Argentina’s financial data – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 8 – Development of Telefónica de Argentina’s annualised fixed ARPU – 2017 – 2019
  • Table 9 – Development of Telecom Argentina’s financial data – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 10 – Growth in Telecom Argentina’s domestic revenue by service – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 11 – Telecom Argentina capex and EBITDA – 2017 – 2019
  • Table 12 – Change in the number of Telecom Argentina’s fixed lines in service – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 13 – Growth in the number of Telmex’s fixed-line subscriptions – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 14 – Development of Telmex’s fixed-line financial data – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 15 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 16 – Decline in fixed-line household teledensity – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 17 – Growth in international internet bandwidth – 2010 – 2017
  • Table 18 – Historic - Evolution of GDP in Argentina – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 19 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1996 – 2009
  • Table 20 – Historic - Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 21 – Historic - Telefónica de Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 22 – Historic - International bandwidth – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 23 – Historic - Movistar wholesale accesses – 2005 – 2017

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Latin America –Overall Telecoms Maturity Index
  • Chart 2 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Leaders Category
  • Chart 3 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Challengers Category
  • Chart 4 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Laggards Category
  • Chart 5 – South America –Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 6 – Central America –Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 7 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 8 – South America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 9 – Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 10 – Telecom revenue by segment (ARS) – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 11 – Telecom ARPU by segment (ARS) – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 12 – Telecom investment by segment (ARS) – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 13 – Decline in the number of Telefónica de Argentina’s fixed lines in service – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 14 – Development of Telefónica de Argentina’s financial data – 2014 – 2019
  • Chart 15 – Development of Telecom Argentina’s financial data – 2011 – 2019
  • Chart 16 – Growth in Telecom Argentina’s domestic revenue by service – 2011 – 2019
  • Chart 17 – Change in the number of Telecom Argentina’s fixed lines in service – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 18 – Growth in the number of Telmex’s fixed-line subscriptions – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 19 – Development of Telmex’s fixed-line financial data – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 20 – Evolution of fixed lines in Argentina – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 21 – Decline in fixed-line household teledensity – 2013 – 2019

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 – South America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 3 – Central America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 4 – Map of Argentina

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Number of pages 74

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Last updated 20 Dec 2019
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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