Argentina - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Argentina’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the fixed-line, mobile and broadband sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Mobile subscribers and ARPU;
  • Broadband market forecasts;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE, 5G).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- January 2020 (18th Edition)

Executive Summary

Telefónica Argentina considers exiting the market

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. By late 2019 the ARS4.53 billion program to extend broadband services to rural communities, managed by the state-owned infrastructure operator ARSAT, 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.

Argentina has one of the most dynamic mobile markets in Latin America and is the third largest in the region after Brazil and Mexico. Mobile penetration has fallen in recent years in line with a reduction in the number of subscribers following a long period of steady annual growth. This is partly due to pricing competition among operators which has reduced the incentive for multiple-SIM card ownership. The regulator has encouraged the market entry of additional MVNOs to increase competition. Market changes are anticipated in 2020 if Telefónica Group completes its plan to sell its business unit in Argentina, as part of a wider effort to exit Latin America though retaining its interests in Brazil.

Operators have trialled 5G though given the continued capacity of LTE infrastructure it is unlikely that commercial 5G services will be available before 2021.

Argentina also has one of the highest broadband penetration rates in Latin America, supported by investment among operators as well as a number of government programs aimed at extending the reach of services. Although the country’s economic and political difficulties during the last decade have impacted on sector investments there have been steady improvements in recent quarters, with a considerable proportion of investment being earmarked for expanding fibre networks beyond areas of the principal cities.

This report provides an overview of Argentina’s telecom market and regulatory environment, including statistical data and analyses on recent market developments. The report also reviews the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband markets and as well as the mobile voice and data segments, with profiles of the major operators and analyses on technologies deployed and market dynamics. The report in addition provides a number of subscriber forecasts to 2024.

Key developments:

  • Telefónica Group looks to sell Latin American operations excepting Brazil;
  • Federal Fibre-Optic Network aiming to connect 2,600 localities across the country;
  • Movistar Argentina begins deploying LTE-M and NB-IoT technologies;
  • Mercosur bloc countries end mobile roaming charges;
  • Government provides €20 million for two 5G trials;
  • Movistar, Claro and Telecom Personal awarded 15-year licences in the 2.5GHz band;
  • Telecom Argentina scales down investment in response to macro-economic difficulties;
  • 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, Claro (Telmex Argentina), Telecom Personal, Nextel Argentina, DirecTV, IPLAN, IP-TEL, Fecotel, Fecosur, COTEL, Cotecal, ARSAT, INVAP, Nuestro Móvil, Libre.ar, Virgin Mobile, Tesacom, Cablevisión, VeloCom, Netizen, Phonevision/Omnivision, Telpin, Supercanal, Telecentro, Red Intercable, MercadoLibre

Henry Lancaster
January 2020

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Telecommunications market

    • Historical overview
    • Market analysis
    • Country overview
    • Regional Latin America Market Comparison
      • Telecom Maturity Index by tier
      • 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 Argentina
    • IPLAN
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

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

    • Introduction and statistical overview
      • Market analysis
      • Broadband statistics
      • National Broadband Plan
    • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
      • Cablevisión (FiberTel)
    • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • Movistar (Telefónica Argentina/Speedy)
      • Telecom Argentina (Arnet)
    • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • Other fixed broadband services
      • Wireless broadband
      • Satellite broadband
  • Digital economy

    • E-government
    • E-education
    • E-commerce
      • Overview of e-commerce in Argentina
      • MercadoLibre
    • Online banking
  • Mobile communications

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
      • General statistics
      • Mobile data
      • Mobile broadband
    • Regulatory issues
      • Spectrum auctions
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Calling Party Pays (CCP)
      • Roaming
      • SIM card registration
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • Major mobile operators
      • Claro (previously CTI Móvil)
      • Telecom Personal
      • Movistar
      • Nextel Argentina
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • Appendix – Historic data


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 – Change in broadband market share by technology – 2016 – 2019
  • Table 19 – Growth in the number of fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 20 – Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 21 – Decline in the number of dial-up subscriptions – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 22 – Growth in fixed internet services revenue – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 23 – Fixed internet services ARPU – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 24 – Change in the number of fixed broadband connections by access speed – 2017 – 2019
  • Table 25 – Average fixed internet access speed – 2015 – 2019
  • Table 26 – Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 27 – Change in the number of DSL subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 28 – Change in the number of Movistar’s broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 29 – Growth in the number of Telecom Argentina’s broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 30 – Change in Telecom Argentina’s broadband ARPU – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 31 – Growth in the number of Movistar’s FttX broadband subscribers – 2016 – 2019
  • Table 32 – Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 33 – Growth in the number of fixed wireless broadband connections – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 34 – Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 35 – Mobile subscriber annual change – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 36 – Change in mobile operators’ market share – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 37 – Change in the ratio of mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 38 – Change in the number of prepaid and postpaid mobile subscribers – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 39 – Growth in mobile market revenue and investment – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 40 – Mobile annualised ARPU – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 41 – Growth in mobile voice traffic – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 42 – Decline in SMS traffic – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 43 – Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 44 – Change in annual mobile numbers ported – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 45 – Growth in the number of Movistar’s LTE subscribers and penetration – 2016 – 2019
  • Table 46 – Increase in the number of LTE base stations in service – 2015 – 2019
  • Table 47 – Growth in the number of Claro’s mobile subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 48 – Growth in Claro’s wireless revenue – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 49 – Change in Telecom Personal’s mobile subscribers and annual change – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 50 – Change in the number of Telecom Personal’s prepaid, contract, mobile broadband subscribers – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 51 – Change in telecom Personal’s mobile ARPU – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 52 – Development of Telecom Personal’s mobile service revenue – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 53 – Personal – mobile data and voice usage per month– 2013 – 2018
  • Table 54 – Change in the number of Movistar’s mobile subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 55 – Development of Movistar’s mobile revenue – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 56 – Decline in Movistar’s blended mobile ARPU – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 57 – Historic - Evolution of GDP in Argentina – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 58 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1996 – 2009
  • Table 59 – Historic - Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 60 – Historic - Telefónica de Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 61 – Historic - International bandwidth – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 62 – Historic - Movistar wholesale accesses – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 63 – Historic - Internet users and user penetration – 1996 – 2015
  • Table 64 – Historic - Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 65 – Historic - DSL subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 66 – Historic - Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 67 – Historic - Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 68 – Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 69 – Historic - Movistar broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 70 – Historic - Broadband market share by provider – 2003 – 2014
  • Table 71 – Historic - FiberTel broadband subscribers – 2003 – 2016
  • Table 72 – Historic - DSL subscribers and penetration rate – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 73 – Historic - Telecom Argentina – broadband subscribers – 2003 – 2009
  • Table 74 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1998 – 2009
  • Table 75 – Historic - Nextel mobile revenue – 2012 – 2015
  • Table 76 – Historic - Nextel mobile ARPU – 2012 – 2015
  • Table 77 – Historic - Mobile operators’ market share – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 78 – Historic - Nextel – mobile subscribers – 2002 – 2015
  • Table 79 – Historic - Telecom Personal mobile subscribers, annual change – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 80 – Historic - Movistar – mobile subscribers – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 81 – Historic - Claro – mobile subscribers – 1999 – 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Telecom revenue by segment (ARS) – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 2 – Telecom ARPU by segment (ARS) – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 3 – Telecom investment by segment (ARS) – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Latin America –Overall Telecoms Maturity Index
  • Chart 5 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Leaders Category
  • Chart 6 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Challengers Category
  • Chart 7 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index – Market Laggards Category
  • Chart 8 – South America –Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 9 – Central America –Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 10 – Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 11 – South America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 12 – Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • 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
  • Chart 22 – Change in broadband market share by technology – 2016 – 2019
  • Chart 23 – Growth in the number of fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 24 – Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 25 – Growth in fixed internet services revenue – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 26 – Change in the number of fixed broadband connections by access speed – 2017 – 2019
  • Chart 27 – Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 28 – Change in the number of DSL subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 29 – Change in the number of Movistar’s broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 30 – Growth in the number of Telecom Argentina’s broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 31 – Change in Telecom Argentina’s broadband ARPU – 2011 – 2019
  • Chart 32 – Growth in the number of Movistar’s FttX broadband subscribers – 2016 – 2019
  • Chart 33 – Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 34 – Growth in the number of fixed wireless broadband connections – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 35 – Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 36 – Change in mobile market share at a glance – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 37 – Change in the ratio of mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 38 – Change in the number of prepaid and postpaid mobile subscribers – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 39 – Growth in mobile market revenue and investment – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 40 – Growth in mobile voice traffic – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 41 – Decline in SMS traffic – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 42 – Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 43 – Change in annual mobile numbers ported – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 44 – Growth in the number of Movistar’s LTE subscribers and penetration – 2016 – 2019
  • Chart 45 – Increase in the number of LTE base stations in service – 2015 – 2019
  • Chart 46 – Growth in the number of Claro’s mobile subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 47 – Growth in Claro’s wireless revenue – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 48 – Change in Telecom Personal’s mobile subscribers and annual change – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 49 – Change in the number of Personal’s prepaid and contract subscribers – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 50 – Change in telecom Personal’s mobile ARPU – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 51 – Development of Telecom Personal’s mobile service revenue – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 52 – Change in the number of Movistar’s mobile subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 53 – Development of Movistar’s mobile revenue – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 54 – Decline in Movistar’s blended mobile ARPU – 2008 – 2019

List of Exhibits

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

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