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Argentina - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses- Product Image
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Argentina - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 4912513
  • Report
  • December 2020
  • Region: Argentina
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • ARSAT
  • COTEL
  • Grupo Clarín
  • Libre.ar
  • Nuestro Móvil
  • Telecentro
  • MORE

Government launches the ARS 37.9 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 trialed 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.

The publisher 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;

The report update includes the regulator's market data to September 2020, Telco's' 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, and MercadoLibre.

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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • ARSAT
  • COTEL
  • Grupo Clarín
  • Libre.ar
  • Nuestro Móvil
  • Telecentro
  • MORE

1 Key statistics

2 Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
2.1 Economic considerations and responses
2.2 Mobile devices
2.3 Subscribers
2.4 Infrastructure

3 Regional Market Comparison
3.1 Regional Latin America Market Comparison

4 Country overview

5 Telecommunications market
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Market analysis

6 Regulatory environment
6.1 Regulatory authority
6.2 Fixed-line developments
6.3 Mobile network developments

7 Mobile market
7.1 Market analysis
7.2 Mobile statistics
7.3 Mobile infrastructure
7.4 Major mobile operators

8 Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
8.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.5 Other fixed broadband services

9 Digital economy
9.1 E-government
9.2 E-education
9.3 E-commerce
9.4 Online banking

10 Fixed network operators
10.1 Overview of operators
10.2 Telefónica de Argentina (Movistar)
10.3 Telecom Argentina
10.4 Telecom cooperatives
10.5 Telmex Argentina
10.6 IPLAN

11 Telecommunications infrastructure
11.1 Overview of the national telecom network
11.2 International infrastructure
11.3 Wholesale

12 Appendix  Historic data

13 Glossary of abbreviations

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