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.
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.
Telefónica 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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Last updated 15 Dec 2017
Analyst: Henry Lancaster
Paul, May I congratulate you on a very successful and enjoyable afternoon with the Minister. In providing the roundtable discussions between government and industry, it highlighted the strong interest by stakeholders in Broadband and its implementation but it also presented us with other issues and opportunities that we need to address.
Dominic Schipano, CITT
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