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

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Last updated: 20 Dec 2019 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 74

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

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