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:- October 2018 (17th Edition)

Executive Summary

Argentinian telcos scale down investments in response to harsh economic climate

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 August 2016 the state-owned infrastructure operator ARSAT launched a project to extend broadband services to some 1,200 rural communities. By mid-2018 this project was about 75% 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 penetration is about 138%, with a slight fall in the number of subscribers in recent years following a long period of steady annual growth. Many Argentineans own more than one SIM card though pricing competition among operators has reduced the incentive for multiple-SIM card ownership. Claro, Telecom Personal and Movistar closely compete in the market, with Nextel Argentina having a small market share. The regulator has encouraged the market entry of additional MVNOs to increase competition.

Significant improvements to the capacity of mobile networks are anticipated during the next few years following the auction of spectrum in the 700MHz and 1700-2100MHz bands, which increased the available spectrum for operators to 380MHz. In addition, the regulator is aiming to reassign 600MHz spectrum from pay-TV services for mobile broadband use.

Argentina has one of the highest broadband penetration rates in Latin America. The country’s economic and political difficulties during the last decade have impacted on sector investments, though there have been steady improvements in recent quarters. A large tranch of investment has been earmarked to expand fibre networks beyond certain areas of the main cities. This work has had a positive effect on the delivery of services, with the average download speed having increased from 5.3Mb/s in the first quarter of 2016 to 13.2Mb/s by the second quarter of 2018.

This report provides an overview of Argentina’s telecom market and regulatory environment, accompanied by statistical data and analyses on recent market developments. The report also covers the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband markets, as also developments in the mobile voice and data segments.

Key developments:

  • Telecom Argentina scales down investment in response to macro-economic difficulties;
  • Construction started on the ARBR submarine cable between Argentina and Brazil;
  • Fixed-number portability finally rolled out;
  • Telecom Argentina completes merger with Cablevisión;
  • 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 update to March 2018, telcos’ operating data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Claro, Nextel Argentina, Nuestro Móvil, Libre.ar, Virgin Mobile, Tesacom, Movistar (Telefónica de Argentina), Telecom Argentina (Personal), Grupo Clarín, Cablevisión, VeloCom, Netizen, Phonevision/Omnivision, Telpin, DirecTV, Supercanal, Telecentro, Red Intercable, ARSAT, MercadoLibre, IPLAN, IP-TEL, Fecotel, Fecosur, COTEL, Cotecal, INVAP.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key statistics
    • 1.1 Country overview
  • 2. Telecommunications market
    • 2.1 Historical overview
    • 2.2 Market analysis
  • 3. Regulatory environment
    • 3.1 Regulatory authority
      • 3.1.1 Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM)
    • 3.2 Argentina Digital Act
    • 3.3 Interconnect
    • 3.4 Number Portability (NP)
    • 3.5 Single licence
  • 4. Fixed network operators
    • 4.1 Overview of operators
    • 4.2 Telefónica de Argentina (Movistar)
    • 4.3 Telecom Argentina
    • 4.4 Telecom cooperatives
    • 4.5 Telmex
    • 4.6 IPLAN
  • 5. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 5.1 Overview of the national telecom network
      • 5.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
    • 5.2 International infrastructure
      • 5.2.1 Submarine cable networks
      • 5.2.2 Satellite networks
    • 5.3 Wholesale
  • 6. Broadband market
    • 6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 6.1.1 Market analysis
      • 6.1.2 Broadband statistics
      • 6.1.3 National Broadband Plan
      • 6.1.4 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021 2023
    • 6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
      • 6.2.1 Cablevisión (FiberTel)
    • 6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 6.3.1 Movistar (Telefónica Argentina/Speedy)
      • 6.3.2 Telecom Argentina (Arnet)
    • 6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 6.5 Other fixed broadband services
      • 6.5.1 Wireless broadband
      • 6.5.2 Satellite broadband
  • 7. Digital economy
    • 7.1 E-government
    • 7.2 E-education
    • 7.3 E-commerce
      • 7.3.1 Overview of e-commerce in Argentina
      • 7.3.2 MercadoLibre
    • 7.4 Online banking
  • 8. Mobile communications
    • 8.1 Market analysis
    • 8.2 Mobile statistics
      • 8.2.1 General statistics
      • 8.2.2 Mobile data
      • 8.2.3 Mobile broadband
      • 8.2.4 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • 8.3 Regulatory issues
      • 8.3.1 Spectrum auctions
      • 8.3.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 8.3.3 Calling Party Pays (CCP)
      • 8.3.4 Roaming
    • 8.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 8.4.1 Other infrastructure developments
    • 8.5 Major mobile operators
      • 8.5.1 Claro (previously CTI Móvil)
      • 8.5.2 Telecom Personal
      • 8.5.3 Movistar
      • 8.5.4 Nextel Argentina
      • 8.5.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
      • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Argentina – 2018 (e)
      • Table 2 – Evolution of GDP in Argentina – 2000 - 2018
      • Table 3 – Telecom revenue by segment (ARS) – 2013 - 2018
      • Table 4 – Investment by sector (ARS) – 2013 - 2018
      • Table 5 – Telefónica de Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 – 2018
      • Table 6 – Telefónica de Argentina financial data – 2014 – 2018
      • Table 7 – Telecom Argentina financial data – 2011 - 2018
      • Table 8 – Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service – 2011 - 2018
      • Table 9 – Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2018
      • Table 10 – Telmex fixed-line subscribers – 2013 - 2018
      • Table 11 – Telmex fixed-line revenue – 2013 - 2018
      • Table 12 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1996 - 2009
      • Table 13 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 14 – International bandwidth – 2000 – 2016
      • Table 15 – Movistar wholesale accesses – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 16 – Broadband market share by technology – 2016 - 2018
      • Table 17 – Broadband market share by provider – 2003 - 2015
      • Table 18 – Historic - Internet users and user penetration – 1996 - 2009
      • Table 19 – Internet users and user penetration – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 20 – Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates – 2000 - 2018
      • Table 21 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2018
      • Table 22 – Fixed-line broadband and dial-up subscribers – 2008 - 2018
      • Table 23 – Fixed internet services revenue – 2013 - 2018
      • Table 24 – Fixed internet services ARPU – 2013 - 2018
      • Table 25 – Fixed internet subscriptions by access speed – 2017 - 2018
      • Table 26 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
      • Table 27 – Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2018
      • Table 28 – Historic - FiberTel broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 29 – DSL subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2018
      • Table 30 – Movistar broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2018
      • Table 31 – Telecom Argentina – broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2018
      • Table 32 – Telecom Argentina – broadband ARPU – 2011 - 2018
      • Table 33 – Movistar FttX broadband subscribers – 2016 - 2018
      • Table 34 – Fibre broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2018
      • Table 35 – Fixed wireless broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 36 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1998 - 2009
      • Table 37 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2019
      • Table 38 – Mobile subscriber annual change – 2009 - 2018
      • Table 39 – Historic - Mobile operators’ market share – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 40 – Mobile operators’ market share – 2010 – 2017
      • Table 41 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2013 - 2018
      • Table 42 – Mobile market revenue and investment – 2013 - 2018
      • Table 43 – Mobile annualised ARPU – 2013 - 2018
      • Table 44 – SMS traffic – 2007 - 2018
      • Table 45 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 46 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2023; 2023
      • Table 47 – Annual mobile numbers ported – 2012 - 2018
      • Table 48 – Movistar LTE subscribers and penetration – 2016 - 2018
      • Table 49 –LTE base stations in service – 2015 - 2018
      • Table 50 – Historic - Claro – mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 51 – Claro – mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 52 – Claro – wireless revenue – 2012 - 2018
      • Table 53 – Telecom Personal – mobile subscribers, annual change – 1999 - 2018
      • Table 54 – Personal – prepaid, contract, mobile broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2018
      • Table 55 – Personal – mobile ARPU – 2012 - 2018
      • Table 56 – Personal – mobile service revenue – 2012 - 2018
      • Table 57 – Personal – mobile data and voice usage per month– 2013 - 2018
      • Table 58 – Historic - Movistar – mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 59 – Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 60 – Movistar – mobile revenue – 2009 - 2018
      • Table 61 – Movistar – blended mobile ARPU – 2008 - 2018
      • Table 62 – Historic - Nextel mobile revenue – 2012 - 2015
      • Table 63 – Historic - Nextel mobile ARPU – 2012 - 2015
      • Table 64 – Historic - Nextel – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2015
      • Chart 1 – Telecom revenue by segment (ARS) – 2013 – 2018
      • Chart 2 – Telefónica de Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 – 2018
      • Chart 3 – Telefónica de Argentina financial data – 2014 – 2018
      • Chart 4 – Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service – 2011 – 2018
      • Chart 5 – Evolution of fixed lines in Argentina – 2005 – 2018
      • Chart 6 – Internet users and user penetration – 2005 – 2018
      • Chart 7 – Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates – 2005 – 2018
      • Chart 8 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2005 – 2019
      • Chart 9 – Mobile market share at a glance – 2004 - 2017
      • Exhibit 1 – Map of Argentina

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