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Argentina - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

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

Argentina to reassign 600MHz spectrum for mobile use by mid-2018
Argentina has one of the more advanced telecom infrastructures in Latin America, though much investment is still required to update services in rural areas. To this end the government has embarked on a large-scale National Broadband Plan. 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. Economic and political difficulties during the last decade have impacted on sector investments, and while the economy outlook into 2017 remains uncertain the devaluation of the peso against the US dollar continues to impact on operator revenue, and thus on investment plans.

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.

The country has one of the most dynamic mobile markets in the region, being the third largest after Brazil and Mexico. Mobile penetration was about 143% by mid-2016, with a slight fall in the number of subscribers year-on-year following a long period of steady annual growth. Three mobile companies closely compete in the market, with Claro marginally the market leader. Grupo Clarin has now entered the market via Nextel Argentina, and though Nextel only has about 7% market share Grupo Clarin is able to add mobile services to its broadband and cable TVs offerings. By the end of 2016 the conglomerate is also expected to have launched ITPV/VoD services. The MVNO is gaining in strength, with Virgin Mobile becoming one of the more recent licensed players. Resolution 38/2016 has in addition introduced regulations aimed at facilitating the entry of smaller MVNOs and so encouraging market competition.

Significant improvements to the reliability of mobile networks are anticipated during the next few years following the auction of spectrum in the 700MHz and 1700-2100MHz bands, while by mid-2018 operators will also be able to make use of spectrum in the 600MHz band which will be reassigned from pay-TV providers.

The broadband market suffers from limited competition. The two fixed-line incumbents Telefónica Argentina and Telecom Argentina dominate the DSL platform, with the only meaningful competition coming from the cable modem platform, itself dominated by Grupo Clarín’s Cablevisión unit. The five-year national connectivity plan, dubbed ‘Argentina Conectada’, is being managed by the state-owned satellite company ARSAT, which also recently became involved in a ARS4.53 billion project to deliver low-cost broadband to 1,200 rural localities across the country.

This report provides an overview of Argentina’s telecom market and regulatory environment. It also reviews the broadband and pay TV markets, accompanied by relevant statistics, analyses, and broadband scenario forecasts to 2021. In addition the report assesses the mobile market, providing profiles of the mobile operators, a review of the growing MVNO sector and subscriber forecasts to 2021.

Table Of Contents

Argentina - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
1. Key statistics
1.1 Country overview
2. Telecommunications market
2.1 Historical overview
2.2 Market analysis
3. Regulatory environment
3.1 Regulatory authorities
3.1.1 Secretaría de Comunicaciones (SeCom)
3.1.2 Comisión Nacional de Comunicaciones (CNC)
3.1.3 Secretaría de Defensa de la Competencia y del Consumidor
3.1.4 Autoridad Federal de las Tecnologias de la Informacion y las Comunicaciones (AFTIC)
3.1.5 Autoridad Federal de Servicios de Comunicación Audiovisual (AFSCA)
3.1.6 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 (TA)
4.3 Telecom Argentina
4.3.1 Shareholder sales
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 2016; 2018; 2021
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
7. Digital media
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Videostreaming
7.3 Pay TV market overview
7.4 Regulatory issues
7.4.1 Audiovisual Communications Law
7.4.2 Kirchner vs Clarín
7.4.3 Amendments 2016
7.5 Cable TV
7.5.1 Grupo Clarín
7.5.2 Cablevisión
7.5.3 Cablevisión/Multicanal merger
7.6 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
7.7 Communications: VoIP
7.8 Social media
8. Digital economy
8.1 E-government
8.2 E-education
8.3 E-commerce
8.3.1 Overview of e-commerce in Argentina
8.3.2 MercadoLibre
8.4 Online banking
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.2.1 General statistics
9.2.2 Mobile data
9.2.3 Mobile broadband
9.2.4 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
9.3 Regulatory issues
9.3.1 Spectrum auctions
9.3.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
9.3.3 Calling Party Pays (CCP)
9.3.4 Roaming
9.4 Mobile infrastructure
9.4.1 Digital networks
9.4.2 Other infrastructure developments
9.5 Major mobile operators
9.5.1 Claro (previously CTI Móvil)
9.5.2 Telecom Personal
9.5.3 Movistar
9.5.4 Nextel Argentina
9.5.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
9.6 Mobile content and applications
9.6.1 m-TV
9.7 Mobile handsets
Table 1 Country statistics Argentina 2016 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2015
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2016 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2015
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Argentina 2000 - 2016
Table 8 Fixed lines and mobile subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 9 Fixed and mobile market share 1998 - 2016
Table 10 Telecom revenue by segment 2002 - 2016
Table 11 Fixed lines in service market share 2003 - 2015
Table 12 Telefónica Argentina fixed lines in service 2000 2016
Table 13 Telecom Argentina financial data 2011 - 2016
Table 14 Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service 2011 - 2016
Table 15 Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service 2000 - 2016
Table 16 Telmex fixed-line subscribers 2013 - 2016
Table 17 Telmex fixed-line revenue 2013 - 2015
Table 18 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1996 - 2009
Table 19 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2017
Table 20 International bandwidth 2005 - 2015
Table 21 Telefónica Argentina wholesale accesses 2005 - 2016
Table 22 Historic - Internet users and user penetration 1996 - 2009
Table 23 Internet users and user penetration 2010 - 2016
Table 24 Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates 2000 - 2016
Table 25 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2001 - 2016
Table 26 Forecast broadband subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 27 Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates 2001 - 2016
Table 28 FiberTel broadband subscribers 2003 - 2016
Table 29 DSL subscribers and penetration rates 2001 - 2016
Table 30 Telefónica Argentina broadband subscribers 2001 - 2016
Table 31 Telecom Argentina broadband subscribers 2003 - 2016
Table 32 Telecom Argentina broadband ARPU 2011 - 2016
Table 33 Fibre broadband subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 34 Wireless broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2016
Table 35 Cablevisión cable TV subscribers 2000 2016
Table 36 Facebook users and penetration 2008 - 2015
Table 37 Argentina B2C e-commerce spending 2005 - 2015
Table 38 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration 1998 - 2009
Table 39 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2017
Table 40 Historic - Mobile operators' market share 1999 - 2009
Table 41 Mobile operators' market share 2010 2015
Table 42 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2004 - 2015
Table 43 SMS traffic 2007 - 2016
Table 44 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2016
Table 45 Forecast mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 46 Mobile numbers ported 2012 - 2015
Table 47 Historic - Claro mobile subscribers 1999 - 2009
Table 48 Claro mobile subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 49 Claro wireless revenue 2013 - 2016
Table 50 Telecom Personal mobile subscribers, annual change 1999 - 2016
Table 51 Personal prepaid, contract, mobile broadband subscribers 2012- 2016
Table 52 Personal mobile ARPU 2012 - 2016
Table 53 Personal mobile service revenue 2012 - 2016
Table 54 Personal mobile data and voice usage per month 2013 - 2016
Table 55 Historic - Movistar mobile subscribers 1999 - 2009
Table 56 Movistar mobile subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 57 Movistar mobile revenue 2009 - 2016
Table 58 Movistar mobile ARPU 2008 - 2016
Table 59 Nextel mobile revenue 2012 - 2015
Table 60 Nextel mobile ARPU 2012 - 2015
Table 61 Nextel mobile subscribers 2002 - 2015
Chart 1 Fixed and mobile subscribers in Argentina 2005 2016
Chart 2 Telecom Argentina domestic revenue by service 2011 2016
Chart 3 Evolution of fixed lines in Argentina 2005 2017
Chart 4 Broadband market share by provider 2003 - 2015
Chart 5 Internet users and user penetration 2005 2016
Chart 6 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2001 2016
Chart 7 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 2017
Chart 8 Mobile market share at a glance 2004 - 2015
Exhibit 1 Telefónica Argentina at a glance
Exhibit 2 Telecom Argentina at a glance
Exhibit 3 Telecom Argentina shareholder and antitrust issues
Exhibit 4 Grupo Clarín at a glance
Exhibit 5 Claro at a glance
Exhibit 6 Telecom Personal at a glance
Exhibit 7 Movistar at a glance

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