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Argentina - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

  • August 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 23 pages

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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.

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. Spain's Telefónica/Movistar and Telecom Argentina, which was recently sold by Telecom Italia, are the largest telcos, followed by América Móvil's Claro/Telmex. The pay-TV sector is dominated by Grupo Clarín, which also has an interest in the broadband segment as well as the mobile market following its January 2016 acquisition of Nextel 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. As in other countries in the region, fixed-to-mobile substitution has adversely affected the fixed-line market, where teledensity has fallen steadily each year since peaking at 24.5% in 2005.

This report provides an overview of Argentina's telecom market and regulatory environment, accompanied by statistical data, and analyses on recent developments.

Key developments:

State-owned ARSAT brought in to deliver broadband to 1,200 rural communities; new regulatory body, ENACOM, replaces AFTIC and AFSCA; regulator ENACOM clears Telecom Italia's sale of remaining stake in Telecom Argentina to Fintech Group; Argentina Digital Act comes into force, leading to radical overhaul of telecom sector; economic outlook into 2017 remains uncertain; 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 Q2 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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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