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Argentina Telecommunications Report Q1 2014 - New Study Released

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2013-12-13 13:54:15 - New Fixed Networks research report from Business Monitor International is now available from Fast Market Research

The telecoms market in Argentina continues to offer growth opportunities. Investments in data network capacity and extension of access are driving broadband growth, while in the mobile market, the introduction of MVNOs is to make the market even more competitive and result in more growth. However, there are downside risks at work, especially the potential for heavy-handed government intervention, which has included threats of renationalisation and pressure on operators to defer price rises. There are also threats in terms of consumption trends, with data indicating that operators may be facing the beginnings of SMS IP substitution in 2013, which could squeeze revenues and margins in the following years. Overall, we hold a positive view of the market, but much will

depend on the policies and regulations enacted by the government.

Key Data

* Mobile subscriptions have continued to increase, even at high penetration rates, as mobile broadband services are increasingly driving growth.
* Fixed voice subscriptions are in decline, falling 2% year-on-year (y-o-y) to 9.071mn lines in service at the end of June 2013.
* Fixed and mobile broadband connections are on the rise, with 18.2mn forecast to in service in 2014.

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Key Trends & Developments

Regulation of the telecoms market has become an area of concern, with the implementation of new mobile service quality regulations followed by threats of renationalisation in July 2013. While we believe the threats are more of a warning than a likely outcome, the comments are concerning for operators in the market, especially considering the government's track record in other areas of the economy. Moreover, Secom has also put pressure on Telecom Personal and Movistar to postpone price increases that they had been planning to implement in September 2013.

The government has also been working towards reducing roaming costs between Argentina and Chile, with the two countries signing an agreement in August 2013, under which the authorities will negotiate with operators in both countries over the reduction of tariffs. The two countries also aim to set up a bilateral regulation of roaming costs in a bid to lower the rates paid by users for mobile and internet services.

While these interventionist measures may be unwelcome to some, Argentina's government remains committed to boosting the overall telecommunications sector; it has set aside US$1.42bn to invest in the sector in its 2014 draft budget, which represents an increase of 30% on the previous year. The funds are intended to be invested in an expansion of broadband, digital TV and satellite communications, as part of the government's Argentina Conectada policy. The projects will be managed by state-operated telecommunications company Arsat, which will receive the largest share of the funds.

Partial Table of Contents:

BMI Industry View
- Mobile SWOT
- Wireline SWOT
- Political
- Economic
- Business Environment
Industry Forecast
- Mobile
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Mobile - Historical Data & Forecasts
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Mobile ARPU (ARS) - Historical Data And Forecasts
- Fixed Line
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Fixed Line - Historical Data & Forecasts
- Broadband
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Broadband - Historical Data & Forecasts
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
- Table: Telecoms Risk/Reward Ratings, Q114
Market Overview
- Mobile
- Table: Mobile Market Regional Comparisons Q113
- Key Developments
- Mobile Growth
- Market Share
- Table: Argentina Wireless Market, Q213
- Usage
- Networks
- Content
- Mobile Operator Data
- Table: Argentina Mobile Market Overview
- Table: Claro
- Table: Movistar (Telefonica)
- Table: Telecom Personal
- Table: Nextel
- Latin America Mobile Content
- Table: Selected Digital Music Services In Latin America, 2012
- Fixed-Line
- Key Developments
- Market Growth
- Table: Argentine Local Fixed-Line Market, Q213
- Alternative Operators
- Pay-TV Services
- Broadband
- Key Developments
- Market Growth
- Table: Broadband Internet Subscribers ('000)
- Regional Broadband Take-Up
- Argentina Conectada Broadband Plan
- Technologies
- Table: Wireline Developments
Industry Trends And Developments
- Table: Selected Market Developments
Regulatory Development
- Table: Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities
- Regulatory Developments
- Telecom Italia's Argentine Woes
Competitive Landscape
- Table: Argentina Telecoms Sector Key Players
- Table: Selected Operators' Financial Indicators, (US$mn)
Company Profile
- Telecom Argentina
- Telefonica de Argentina (TASA)
- Claro
- Nextel Argentina
Regional Overview
- Financial Performance
- Company Outlook
- Risks
- Table: Ceragon's Customers
Demographic Forecast
- Table: Argentina's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
- Table: Argentina's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total)

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