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Argentina - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Argentina - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Published: December 28, 2020 Content info: 194 Pages
Description

Government launches the ARS37.9 billion 'Plan Conectar'

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. By late 2019 this ARS4.53 billion program to extend broadband services to rural communities, managed by the state-owned infrastructure operator ARSAT, was mostly 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, a subsidiary of Cablevisión.

Argentina has one of the most dynamic mobile markets in Latin America, being the third largest in the region after Brazil and Mexico. Mobile penetration has fallen in recent years in line with a reduction in the number of subscribers following a long period of steady growth. This is partly due to pricing competition among operators which has reduced the incentive for multiple-SIM card ownership. The regulator has encouraged the market entry of additional MVNOs to increase competition, though collectively the MVNOs only have a very small share of the market. Market changes are anticipated into 2021 as Telefónica Group moves its Latin American businesses (with the exception of Brazil) into a single unit.

Operators have trialled 5G though given the continued capacity of LTE infrastructure it is unlikely that commercial 5G services will be available before 2021.

Argentina also has one of the highest broadband penetration rates in Latin America, supported by investment among operators as well as a number of government programs aimed at extending the reach of services. Although the country's economic and political difficulties during the last decade have impacted on sector investments there have been steady improvements in recent quarters, with a considerable proportion of investment being earmarked for expanding fibre networks beyond areas of the principal cities.

This report provides an overview of Argentina's telecom market and regulatory environment, including statistical data and analyses on recent market developments. The report also reviews the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband markets and as well as the mobile voice and data segments, with profiles of the major operators and analyses on technologies deployed and market dynamics. The report in addition provides a number of subscriber forecasts to 2024.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:

  • Government announces the launch of ARS37.9 billion 'Plan Conectar', aiming to boost fixed broadband coverage nationally;
  • Mobile roaming charges between Argentina and Chile are abolished;
  • Government declares TV, cable and mobile services as essential public services;
  • Malbec submarine system linking Sao Paolo, Rio De Janeiro with Buenos Aires operational;
  • Telecom Argentina intending to increase investment in Uruguay;
  • Nokia and Metrotel deploy software-defined fibre network;
  • Lumen Technologies extends Argentina fibre network;
  • Regulator approves passive infrastructure sharing regulations to lower deployment costs;
  • Catel's MVNO 'Imowi' to launch services later in 2021;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to September 2020, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2020, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Key statistics

Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

  • Economic considerations and responses
  • Mobile devices
  • Subscribers
  • Infrastructure

Regional Market Comparison

  • Regional Latin America Market Comparison
    • Telecom Maturity Index by tier
    • TMI versus GDP
    • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
    • Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

Country overview

Telecommunications market

  • Historical overview
  • Market analysis

Regulatory environment

  • Regulatory authority
    • Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones (ENACOM)
  • Fixed-line developments
    • Argentina Digital Act
    • Interconnect
    • Number Portability (NP)
    • Single licence
  • Mobile network developments
    • Spectrum auctions
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • Calling Party Pays (CCP)
    • Roaming
    • SIM card registration

Mobile market

  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
    • General statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 5G
    • 4G (LTE)
    • 3G
    • Other infrastructure developments
    • Mobile data
    • Mobile broadband
  • Major mobile operators
    • Claro (previously CTI Móvil)
    • Telecom Personal
    • Movistar
    • Nextel Argentina
    • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)

Fixed-line broadband market

  • Introduction and statistical overview
    • Market analysis
    • Broadband statistics
    • National Broadband Plan
  • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • Cablevisión (FiberTel)
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • Movistar (Telefónica Argentina/Speedy)
    • Telecom Argentina (Arnet)
  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
  • Other fixed broadband services
    • Wireless broadband
    • Satellite broadband

Digital economy

  • E-government
  • E-education
  • E-commerce
    • Overview of e-commerce in Argentina
    • MercadoLibre
  • Online banking

Fixed network operators

  • Overview of operators
  • Telefónica de Argentina (Movistar)
  • Telecom Argentina
  • Telecom cooperatives
  • Telmex Argentina
  • IPLAN

Telecommunications infrastructure

  • Overview of the national telecom network
    • Fixed-line statistics
  • International infrastructure
    • Submarine cable networks
    • Satellite networks
  • Wholesale

Appendix - Historic data

Glossary of abbreviations

Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Argentina - 2020 (e)
  • Table 2 - Evolution of GDP in Argentina - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 3 - Telecom revenue by segment (ARS) - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 4 - Telecom sector ARPU by segment (ARS / month) - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 5 - Investment by sector - 2013 - 2019
  • Table 6 - Change in annual mobile numbers ported - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 7 - Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010- 2025
  • Table 8 - Annual change in the number of mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 9 - Change in mobile operators' market share - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 10 - Change in the ratio of mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 11 - Change in the number of prepaid and postpaid mobile subscribers - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 12 - Growth in mobile market revenue and investment - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 13 - Development of annualised mobile ARPU - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 14 - Growth in mobile voice traffic - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 15 - Growth in the number of Movistar's LTE subscribers and penetration - 2016 - 2019
  • Table 16 - Increase in the number of LTE base stations in service - 2015 - 2020
  • Table 17 - Decline in SMS traffic - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 18 - Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 19 - Growth in the number of Claro's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 20 - Growth in Claro's wireless revenue - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 21 - Change in Telecom Personal's mobile subscribers and annual change - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 22 - Change in the number of Telecom Personal's prepaid, contract, mobile broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 23 - Change in telecom Personal's mobile ARPU - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 24 - Development of Telecom Personal's mobile service revenue - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 25 - Personal - mobile data and voice usage per month- 2013 - 2020
  • Table 26 - Change in the number of Movistar's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2019
  • Table 27 - Development of Movistar's mobile revenue - 2009 - 2019
  • Table 28 - Decline in Movistar's blended mobile ARPU - 2008 - 2019
  • Table 29 - Change in broadband market share by technology - 2016 - 2020
  • Table 30 - Growth in the number of fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 31 - Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 32 - Decline in the number of dial-up subscriptions - 2008 - 2020
  • Table 33 - Growth in fixed internet services revenue - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 34 - Fixed internet services ARPU - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 35 - Change in the number of fixed broadband connections by access speed - 2017 - 2020
  • Table 36 - Average fixed internet access speed - 2015 - 2020
  • Table 37 - Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 38 - Change in the number of DSL subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 39 - Change in the number of Movistar's broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2019
  • Table 40 - Growth in the number of Telecom Argentina's broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 41 - Change in Telecom Argentina's broadband ARPU - 2011 - 2020
  • Table 42 - Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 43 - Growth in the number of Movistar's FttX broadband subscribers - 2016 - 2019
  • Table 44 - Growth in the number of fixed wireless broadband connections - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 45 - Decline in the number of Telefónica de Argentina's fixed lines in service - 2009 - 2019
  • Table 46 - Development of Telefónica de Argentina's financial data - 2014 - 2020
  • Table 47 - Development of Telefónica de Argentina's annualised fixed ARPU - 2017 - 2019
  • Table 48 - Development of Telecom Argentina's financial data - 2011 - 2020
  • Table 49 - Growth in Telecom Argentina's domestic revenue by service - 2011 - 2020
  • Table 50 - Development of Telecom Argentina's capex and EBITDA - 2017 - 2020
  • Table 51 - Change in the number of Telecom Argentina's fixed lines - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 52 - Growth in the number of Telmex's fixed-line subscriptions - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 53 - Development of Telmex's fixed-line financial data - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 54 - Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 55 - Decline in fixed-line household teledensity - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 56 - Growth in international internet bandwidth - 2010 - 2017
  • Table 57 - Historic - Evolution of GDP in Argentina - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 58 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2009
  • Table 59 - Historic - Telecom Argentina fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 60 - Historic - Telefónica de Argentina fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 61 - Historic - International bandwidth - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 62 - Historic - Movistar wholesale accesses - 2005 - 2017
  • Table 63 - Historic - Internet users and user penetration - 1996 - 2015
  • Table 64 - Historic - Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 65 - Historic - DSL subscribers and penetration rates - 2001 - 2009
  • Table 66 - Historic - Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates - 2001 - 2009
  • Table 67 - Historic - Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 68 - Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2001 - 2009
  • Table 69 - Historic - Movistar broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2009
  • Table 70 - Historic - Broadband market share by provider - 2003 - 2014
  • Table 71 - Historic - FiberTel broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2016
  • Table 72 - Historic - DSL subscribers and penetration rate - 2001 - 2009
  • Table 73 - Historic - Telecom Argentina - broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2009
  • Table 74 - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 1998 - 2009
  • Table 75 - Historic - Nextel mobile revenue - 2012 - 2015
  • Table 76 - Historic - Nextel mobile ARPU - 2012 - 2015
  • Table 77 - Historic - Mobile operators' market share - 1999 - 2009
  • Table 78 - Historic - Nextel - mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2015
  • Table 79 - Historic - Telecom Personal mobile subscribers, annual change - 1999 - 2009
  • Table 80 - Historic - Movistar - mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2009
  • Table 81 - Historic - Claro - mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2009
  • Table 82 - Historic - Change in broadband market share by technology - 2001 - 2009
  • Table 83 - Historic - Decline in SMS traffic - 2007 - 2009
  • Table 84 - Historic - Fixed Telephony ARPU (ARS) - 2011 - 2012
  • Table 85 - Historic - Development of Telefónica de Argentina's financial data - 2009 - 2013
  • Table 86 - Historic - Development of Telmex's fixed-line financial data - 2009 - 2012
  • Table 87 - Historic - Growth in international internet bandwidth - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 88 - Historic - Fixed-line subscribers by technology - 2010 - 2015

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 - Latin America -Overall Telecoms Maturity Index
  • Chart 2 - Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index - Market Leaders Category
  • Chart 3 - Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index - Market Challengers Category
  • Chart 4 - Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index - Market Laggards Category
  • Chart 5 - South America -Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 6 - Central America -Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 7 - Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 8 - South America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 9 - Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 10 - Telecom revenue by segment (ARS) - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 11 - Telecom ARPU by segment (ARS) - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 12 - Telecom investment by segment (ARS) - 2013 - 2019
  • Chart 13 - Change in annual mobile numbers ported - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 14 - Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 15 - Change in mobile market share by operator - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 16 - Change in the ratio of mobile prepaid/postpaid subscribers - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 17 - Change in the number of prepaid and postpaid mobile subscribers - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 18 - Growth in mobile market revenue and investment - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 19 - Growth in mobile voice traffic - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 20 - Growth in the number of Movistar's LTE subscribers and penetration - 2016 - 2019
  • Chart 21 - Increase in the number of LTE base stations in service - 2015 - 2020
  • Chart 22 - Decline in SMS traffic - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 23 - Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 24 - Growth in the number of Claro's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 25 - Growth in Claro's wireless revenue - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 26 - Change in Telecom Personal's mobile subscribers and annual change - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 27 - Change in the number of Personal's prepaid and contract subscribers - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 28 - Change in telecom Personal's mobile ARPU - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 29 - Development of Telecom Personal's mobile service revenue - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 30 - Change in the number of Movistar's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 31 - Development of Movistar's mobile revenue - 2009 - 2019
  • Chart 32 - Decline in Movistar's blended mobile ARPU - 2008 - 2019
  • Chart 33 - Change in broadband market share by technology - 2016 - 2020
  • Chart 34 - Growth in the number of fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration rates - 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 35 - Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 36 - Growth in fixed internet services revenue - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 37 - Change in the number of fixed broadband connections by access speed - 2017 - 2020
  • Chart 38 - Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 39 - Change in the number of DSL subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 40 - Change in the number of Movistar's broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 41 - Growth in the number of Telecom Argentina's broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 42 - Change in Telecom Argentina's broadband ARPU - 2011 - 2020
  • Chart 43 - Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 44 - Growth in the number of Movistar's FttX broadband subscribers - 2016 - 2019
  • Chart 45 - Growth in the number of fixed wireless broadband connections - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 46 - Decline in the number of Telefónica de Argentina's fixed lines in service - 2010 - 2019
  • Chart 47 - Development of Telefónica de Argentina's financial data - 2014 - 2020
  • Chart 48 - Development of Telecom Argentina's financial data - 2011 - 2020
  • Chart 49 - Growth in Telecom Argentina's domestic revenue by service - 2011 - 2020
  • Chart 50 - Change in the number of Telecom Argentina's fixed lines - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 51 - Growth in the number of Telmex's fixed-line subscriptions - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 52 - Development of Telmex's fixed-line financial data - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 53 - Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 54 - Decline in fixed-line household teledensity - 2013 - 2019

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 - Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 - South America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 3 - Central America - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 4 - Map of Argentina
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