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:- December 2017 (16th Edition)

Executive Summary

Argentina’s new telecom laws leading to merger activity

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, with the state-owned infrastructure operator ARSAT having also launched a 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 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 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 and Telecom Argentina.

Argentina has one of the most dynamic mobile markets in Latin America, being the third largest in the region after Brazil and Mexico. Three players closely compete in the market, with América Móvil’s Claro marginally the market leader. The other significant players are Telecom Personal (the mobile unit of Telecom Argentina) and Telefónica’s Movistar. Two associations of fixed-line telecom cooperatives, Fecosur and Catel, have been licensed to provide services as MVNOs. The regulator has encouraged the market entry of additional MVNOs to increase competition, and into 2018 it is expected that several will launch services.

This report provides an overview of Argentina’s telecom market and regulatory environment, including a range of statistical data and analyses on recent developments. The report also covers the mobile voice and data markets as well as the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband markets, including subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

  • Telecom Argentina agrees to merger with Cablevisión;
  • Argentina Digital Act comes into force, leading to radical overhaul of telecom sector;
  • LTE sector showing rapid development;
  • Federal Fibre-Optic Network aiming to connect 2,600 localities across the country;
  • Telcos allowed to provide audiovisual services from 2018;
  • Regulator licences the Catel cooperative to manage members as MVNOs;
  • Regulator sets out conditions and timetable for 600MHz spectrum to be reassigned from pay-TV to mobile use; spectrum in the 700MHz band allocated to licensees;
  • Report update includes telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2017, regulator’s market data to September 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

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 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 – 2018; 2020 2022
    • 6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
      • 6.2.1 Cablevisión (FiberTel)
    • 6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 6.3.1 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 – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 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 Digital networks
      • 8.4.2 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 – Country statistics Argentina – 2017 (e)
      • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017
      • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
      • Table 7 – Evolution of GDP in Argentina – 2000 - 2017
      • Table 8 – Telecom revenue by segment ($) – 2002 - 2014
      • Table 9 – Telecom revenue by segment (ARS) – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 10 – Fixed-line investment (ARS) – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 11 – Telefónica Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 – 2017
      • Table 12 – Telefónica Argentina financial data – 2014 – 2017
      • Table 13 – Telecom Argentina financial data – 2011 - 2017
      • Table 14 – Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service – 2011 - 2017
      • Table 15 – Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2017
      • Table 16 – Telmex fixed-line subscribers – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 17 – Telmex fixed-line revenue – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 18 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1996 - 2009
      • Table 19 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 20 – International bandwidth – 2005 – 2016
      • Table 21 – Telefónica Argentina wholesale accesses – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 22 – Broadband market share by provider – 2003 - 2015
      • Table 23 – Historic - Internet users and user penetration – 1996 - 2009
      • Table 24 – Internet users and user penetration – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 25 – Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates – 2000 - 2018
      • Table 26 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2018
      • Table 27 – Fixed-line broadband and dial-up subscribers – 2008 - 2018
      • Table 28 – Fixed internet services revenue – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 29 – Fixed internet services ARPU – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 30 – Fixed internet subscriptions by access speed – September 2017
      • Table 31 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • Table 32 – Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2017
      • Table 33 –FiberTel – broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 34 – DSL subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2017
      • Table 35 – Telefónica Argentina broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2017
      • Table 36 – Telecom Argentina – broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2017
      • Table 37 – Telecom Argentina – broadband ARPU – 2011 - 2017
      • Table 38 – Telefónica Argentina FttX broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2017
      • Table 39 – Fibre broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 40 – Fixed wireless broadband subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 41 – Argentina – B2C e-commerce spending – 2005 - 2015
      • Table 42 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 1998 - 2009
      • Table 43 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 44 – Historic - Mobile operators’ market share – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 45 – Mobile operators’ market share – 2010 – 2016
      • Table 46 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 47 – Mobile market revenue and investment – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 48 – Mobile annualised ARPU – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 49 – SMS traffic – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 50 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 51 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2018; 2022; 2022
      • Table 52 – Mobile numbers ported – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 53 – Movistar LTE subscribers and penetration – 2016 - 2017
      • Table 54 –LTE base stations in service – 2015 - 2017
      • Table 55 – Historic - Claro – mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 56 – Claro – mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 57 – Claro – wireless revenue – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 58 – Telecom Personal – mobile subscribers, annual change – 1999 - 2017
      • Table 59 – Personal – prepaid, contract, mobile broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 60 – Personal – mobile ARPU – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 61 – Personal – mobile service revenue – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 62 – Personal – mobile data and voice usage per month– 2013 - 2017
      • Table 63 – Historic - Movistar – mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 64 – Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 65 – Movistar – mobile revenue – 2009 - 2017
      • Table 66 – Movistar – blended mobile ARPU – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 67 – Nextel mobile revenue – 2012 - 2015
      • Table 68 – Nextel mobile ARPU – 2012 - 2015
      • Table 69 – Nextel – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2015
      • Chart 1 – Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service – 2011 – 2017
      • Chart 2 – Evolution of fixed lines in Argentina – 2005 – 2018
      • Chart 3 – Internet users and user penetration – 2005 – 2018
      • Chart 4 – Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates – 2005 – 2018
      • Chart 5 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2005 – 2018
      • Chart 6 – Mobile market share at a glance – 2004 - 2016
      • Exhibit 1 – Map of Argentina

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