Argentina Telecommunications Report

Providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecommunications industry.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, BMI Industry Forecast Scenario, Telecommunications Risk Reward Index, Market Overview, Regulatory Environment, Company Profiles and Competitive

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BMI View: We have made some minor forecast revisions but our outlook remains largely unchanged in the Q117 report update. The mobile market is nearing saturation and organic growth prospects will be diminished going forward. Nevertheless, the new regulator is taking an investor-friendly approach to market development, although further reforms are still needed. Mobile subscription growth has stalled and the ability for operators to embrace converged services could not come at a better time. This will justify investment in 3G/4G infrastructure and prevent the wireline seg ment from stagnating. C onvergence offers new revenue d iversification opportunities, but is also ARPU-dilutive; operators must become more creative at the service level .

3G/4G Migration & Convergence To Drive Market Expansion
Argentina 3G/4G Forecasts
f = BMI forecast. Source: BMI, operators, INDEC

Latest Updates & Industry Developments

  • The mobile market is approaching saturation, with the market having lost a total of 944,000 subscribers in H116. We attribute the losses to a significant number of inactive SIMs in the market. Our forecast envisions only modest organic subscriber growth over the course of our forecast period as we see total mobile subscribers reaching 64mn by YE20, up from 63.3mn at end of 2016.

  • 3G/4G uptake in the country is expected to be strong as the 3G/4G enabled subscriptions will jump from 31.4mn at end of 2016 to just under 50.0mn by end of 2020. We expect the 3G/4G market to equate to over 78.0% of the total mobile market by December 2020.

  • Cablevision has acquired Nextel Argentina, while the latter has also acquired five regional fixed wireless broadband companies. These deals will see a vibrant new converged service provider will enter the market.

  • Claro, Telecom Personal and Movistar are responding to the increased competitive threat by outlining aggressive three-year infrastructure investment initiatives, deepening coverage in established areas and extending their footprints to less well-served regions. Movistar has reported that it invested over USD480mn in the first nine months of 2016 in boosting its 4G LTE capabilities in the country. Telecom Personal has outlined an ambitious plan suggesting that the operator would invest over USD2.8bn over the medium term. Furthermore, Telecom Personal has secured a USD400mn loan on a six year term from the World Bank to invest in its 4G infrastructure as competition in the high speed, data services category builds up.

BMI Industry View
Latest Updates & Industry Developments
Industry Forecast
Latest Updates
Structural Trends
Table: Telecoms Sector - Historical Data & Forecasts (Argentina 2014-2020)
Industry Risk Reward Index
Latin America Risk/Reward Index
Table: Latin America - Telecoms Risk/Reward Index, Q3 2016
Argentina Risk/Reward Index
Market Overview
Market Drivers & Trends
Wireline Voice & Broadband
Regulatory Development
Regulatory Overview
Table: Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities
Competitive Landscape
Table: Key Players
Operator Data
Table: Telecom Argentina
Table: Movistar
Table: Claro
Table: Grupo Clar-n
Table: Nextel
Company Profile
Telecom Argentina
Telef-nica de Argentina (TASA)
Nextel Argentina
Demographic Forecast
Demographic Outlook
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Argentina 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Argentina 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Argentina 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Argentina 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Argentina 1990-2025)
Table: Glossary Of Terms
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Table: Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

The Argentina Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Argentina's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's Argentina Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Argentina.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for Argentina to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Argentinian telecoms market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Argentina's telecoms sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Argentina.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts and views, covering the ARPU, fixed-line, mobile (including 3G & 4G), internet and broadband markets.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the wireline and wireless sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series (2010-2013) and forecasts to end-2019 for all key industry indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast.

  • Fixed-line Telephony – Telephone lines (‘000); telephone lines/100 inhabitants.
  • Cellular Telephony – Mobile phone subscribers (‘000); mobile phone subscribers/100 inhabitants; and where available, 3G & 4G subscribers (‘000); 3G & 4G subscribers/100 inhabitants; 3G & 4G subscribers as a percentage of overall mobile market.
  • Internet Markets – Internet users (‘000); internet users/100 inhabitants; broadband internet subscribers (‘000); broadband internet subscribers/100 inhabitants.

BMI’s Telecommunications Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (vendors, operators and suppliers) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide an Indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Market Data Analysis

Detailed market analysis of the mobile, mobile content, fixed-line and internet segments, broken down into:

  • Market Data – Analysis of market size, operator shares, dominant trends, competitive landscape and key quarterly data.
  • Technology/Service Rollout – Analysis of rollout/adoption of new technology, such as 3G & 4G, WiMAX, IPTV, pay-TV, LTE and valueadded handset services (gaming, music, video, apps etc.).
  • Mobile Content – The latest trends in content and services available and being introduced by mobile operators, including a timeline of all the latest major mobile content developments.
    Company Database – A comprehensive breakdown of KPIs of the leading mobile operators, including subscriber figures by type (pre-paid and post-paid); 3G & 4G subscriber figures; net additions; market share; ARPU; churn rates; minutes of use; voice and non-voice revenue; financial figures (including operating revenues, net profits and EBITDA).

Regulatory Environment

Details of the regulatory bodies and their responsibilities, as well as a special focus on the rules surrounding competition and interconnection. Also covers the latest updates in the market’s development and regulatory rulings.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate Company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.


The Telecommunications Reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.