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Argentina - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

  • April 2014
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 64 pages

Grupo Clarin breaks up its operating divisions in line with government orders
Argentina has one of the more advanced telecom infrastructures in Latin America, with a large number of companies licensed to provide services. Telecom revenue is expected to have reached more than $17.8 billion in 2013. Mobile revenue accounts for more than two thirds of the total, and this proportion continues to rise at the expense of fixed-line sales.

Telefonica Argentina and Telecom Argentina are the largest telcos in terms of subscribers and revenue, followed by Claro and Grupo Clarin.
The country's regulatory framework encourages competition and supports smaller telecom players. Argentina has adopted a single licence system (Licencia Única), which telcos must obtain regardless of the services they provide. Operators must list in their licence applications which services they wish to offer, but can at any time register for additional ones. However, broadband competition is weak, and the wholesale market is poorly regulated.
Argentina's fixed-line teledensity is the fourth highest in South America after Uruguay, Chile, and Brazil. As in other countries, fixed-to-mobile substitution has adversely affected the fixed-line market, leading to lower revenue while teledensity has shrunk by 2.7 percentage points since peaking at 24.5% in 2005.

The local fixed-line market is dominated by Telecom and Telefonica Argentina. Some 400 smaller telcos, mostly cooperatives, are also active, as well as a few cable TV companies which provide fixed telephony over their networks as part of bundled service offerings. While long distance services are highly competitive, in the local telephony sector, despite the large number of operators, meaningful competition has yet to develop. Telefonica Argentina and Telecom own respectively 52% and 45% of the country's fixed lines in service.
Unlike other countries where triple play has helped boost the flagging fixed-line sector, the only company that could have made a difference - Grupo Clarin - has not been allowed to offer telephony services.
Although Argentina's broadband penetration is the third highest in Latin America, after Uruguay and Chile, economic and political difficulties during the last decade have impacted on sector investments, with the result that average download speeds, at about 5.5Mb/s, are relatively low for the region. The average speed ranks Argentina 120th of 190 countries.

To boost fixed broadband uptake, further regulatory measures are needed to promote competition. Telefonica Argentina and Telecom dominate the DSL market, offering similar services and together controlling about 68% of all broadband connections. Competition from Grupo Clarin, via its cable network, has been complicated by disputes between the company and government, which obliged Grupo Clarin to separate its operations, including its broadband division Cablevision (providing services branded as FiberTel) into separate entities as part of new media legislation introduced in 2013.
A national connectivity plan, dubbed ‘Argentina Conectada' and launched in late 2010, involves the deployment of broadband services and free-to-air digital TV to underserved parts of the country. The plan, to be completed by the end of 2015, is being undertaken by the state-owned satellite company Arsat.

Argentina's pay TV market is the most mature in Latin America. The country has one of the highest pay TV penetration rates in the region, with about two-thirds of homes subscribing to services. Pay TV households are evenly distributed, with penetration in the major cities only slightly higher than in the rest of the country.
Grupo Clarin's Cablevision is the country's leading pay TV operator with about 36% of the market; DirecTV is the second largest player, followed by Supercanal, Telecentro, and Red Intercable. About a quarter of the market is shared among small local companies and cooperatives.

Argentina also has one of the most dynamic mobile markets in the region, with the third largest number of subscribers after Brazil and Mexico. Three mobile operators compete and a small number of other players, with América Movil's Claro the market leader, followed by Telecom Personal (the mobile unit of Telecom Argentina) and Telefonica's Movistar. Argentina's smartphone penetration is relatively high for the region, though it continues to be held back by the high cost of devices.
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year

Table Of Contents

Argentina - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts
1. Key Statistics
1.1 Country overview
1.1.1 Economic background
2. Telecommunications Market
2.1 Overview of Argentina's telecom market
2.2 Market analysis
3. Regulatory Environment
3.1 Background
3.2 Regulatory authorities
3.2.1 Secretaría de Comunicaciones (SeCom)
3.2.2 Comisión Nacional de Comunicaciones (CNC)
3.2.3 Secretaría de Defensa de la Competencia y del Consumidor
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 (TA)
4.3 Telecom Argentina
4.4 Telecom cooperatives
4.5 Claro
4.6 IPLAN
5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
5.1 National telecom network
5.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
5.1.2 Public payphones
5.2 International infrastructure
5.2.1 Submarine cable networks
5.2.2 Satellite networks
5.3 Infrastructure developments
5.3.1 CDMA 450
5.3.2 IP and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
5.4 Wholesale
6. Broadband Market
6.1 Broadband access market
6.1.1 Overview
6.1.2 Broadband players
6.1.3 Cable modems
6.1.4 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
6.1.5 Fibre-to-the-Premise (FttP) networks
6.1.6 Wireless broadband
6.1.7 Media convergence
7. Digital Media / Digital Economy
7.1 Digital media overview
7.1.1 Broadcasting
7.2 Digital economy
7.2.1 E-government
7.2.2 E-education
7.2.3 E-commerce
7.2.4 Online banking
8. Mobile Communications
8.1 Overview of Argentina's mobile market
8.1.1 Mobile statistics
8.2 Regulatory issues
8.2.1 Spectrum auctions
8.2.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
8.3 Mobile technologies
8.3.1 Overview
8.3.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile networks (UMTS)
8.3.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
8.3.4 Mobile handsets/smart phones
8.4 Mobile network operators
8.4.1 Claro (previously CTI Móvil)
8.4.2 Telecom Personal
8.4.3 Movistar
8.4.4 Nextel Argentina
8.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
8.5.1 Overview
8.5.2 Nuestro Móvil
8.5.3 Libre.ar
8.6 Mobile voice services
8.6.1 Prepaid
8.7 Mobile messaging
8.7.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
8.8 Mobile broadband
8.9 Mobile content and applications
8.9.1 Mobile TV
8.10 Mobile satellite
9. Forecasts
9.1 Forecasts fixed-line market 2015; 2020
9.1.1 Scenario 1 higher fixed-line growth
9.1.2 Scenario 2 lower fixed-line growth
9.2 Forecasts mobile market 2015; 2020
9.2.1 Scenario 1 higher mobile market growth
9.2.2 Scenario 2 lower mobile market growth
9.3 Forecasts fixed broadband market 2015; 2020
9.3.1 Scenario 1 higher broadband growth
9.3.2 Scenario 2 lower broadband growth
Table 1 Country statistics Argentina 2013 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2014 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2014 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Argentina 2000 - 2013
Table 8 Fixed lines and mobile subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 9 Fixed and mobile market share 1998 - 2013
Table 10 Telecom revenue of major operators 2010 - 2012
Table 11 Telecom revenue by segment and as proportion of national GDP 2010 - 2015
Table 12 Fixed lines in service market share 2003 - 2013
Table 13 Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service 2000 - 2013
Table 14 Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service 201 - 2013
Table 15 Telecom Argentina revenue 2011 - 2013
Table 16 Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service 2000 - 2013
Table 17 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1996 - 2004
Table 18 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2014
Table 19 Public phones 1996 - 2013
Table 20 Telefónica de Argentina wholesale accesses 2005 - 2013
Table 21 Internet users and user penetration 1996 - 2014
Table 22 Internet users and user penetration 2005 - 2014
Table 23 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2001 - 2014
Table 24 Fixed broadband market share by technology 2003 - 2014
Table 25 Telefónica Argentina broadband subscribers 2001 - 2013
Table 26 Telecom broadband subscribers 2003 - 2013
Table 27 FiberTel broadband subscribers 2003 - 2013
Table 28 Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates 2001 - 2014
Table 29 ADSL subscribers and penetration rates 2001 - 2014
Table 30 Facebook users and penetration 2008 - 2013
Table 31 Pay TV (cable and satellite) subscribers and penetration rates 1999 - 2013
Table 32 Pay TV operators' market share 2010 - 2012
Table 33 Cablevisión cable TV subscribers 2000 - 2013
Table 34 Argentina B2C e-commerce spending 2005 - 2013
Table 35 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration 1998 - 2004
Table 36 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2014
Table 37 Historic - Mobile operators' market share 1999 - 2004
Table 38 Mobile operators' market share 1999 - 2013
Table 39 Evolution of mobile ARPU in Argentina major operators 2010 - 2012
Table 40 Claro mobile subscribers 1999 - 2013
Table 41 Personal mobile subscribers 1999 - 2013
Table 42 Movistar mobile subscribers 1999 - 2013
Table 43 Nextel mobile revenue 2012 - 2013
Table 44 Nextel mobile subscribers 2002 - 2013
Table 45 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2004 - 2013
Table 46 Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2008 - 2014
Table 47 Forecast fixed lines higher growth scenario 2015; 2020
Table 48 Forecast fixed lines lower growth scenario 2015; 2020
Table 49 Forecast mobile subscribers higher growth scenario 2015; 2020
Table 50 Forecast mobile subscribers lower growth scenario 2015; 2020
Table 51 Forecast broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2015; 2020
Table 52 Forecast broadband subscribers lower growth scenario 2015; 2020
Chart 1 Fixed and mobile subscribers in Argentina 2005 2014
Chart 2 Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service 2011 2013
Chart 3 Evolution of fixed lines in Argentina 2005 2014
Chart 4 Internet users and user penetration 2005 2014
Chart 5 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2001 2014
Chart 6 Fixed broadband technologies at a glance 2003 - 2014
Chart 7 Broadband market share at a glance 2003 - 2013
Chart 8 Broadband market share by provider 2003 - 2013
Chart 9 Evolution of pay TV in Argentina 2000 - 2013
Chart 10 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 2014
Chart 11 Mobile market share at a glance 2004 - 2013
Exhibit 1 Map of Argentina
Exhibit 2 Telefónica de Argentina at a glance
Exhibit 3 Telecom Argentina at a glance
Exhibit 4 Telecom Argentina shareholder and antitrust issues
Exhibit 5 Grupo Clarín at a glance
Exhibit 6 Claro at a glance
Exhibit 7 Telecom Personal at a glance
Exhibit 8 Movistar at a glance

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