Argentina (Country Telecoms Regulation Overview)

Date: June 23, 2010
Pages: 14
US$ 1,495.00
Publisher: Ovum
Report type: Strategic Report
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Argentina (Country Telecoms Regulation Overview)
Argentina boasts one of the highest mobile and broadband penetration rates in South & Central America. As a member country of Mercosur (regional trade association in South & Central America), Argentina is required to abide by its telecoms policy. Due to the measures adopted by country’s telecoms regulator, the National Communications Commission (CNC), Argentina’s telecoms market has become highly liberalized over the past 14 years.

Some of the significant liberalization measures include the “unique license” regime and the deregulation of the retail and wholesale markets. Under the unique license regime, telecoms licenses are issued on a service- and technology-neutral basis to drive higher competition among the existing operators. On the other hand, the CNC has been striving to remove regulatory hurdles by deregulating mobile retail services and encouraging operators to freely negotiate wholesale service terms with each other. It has put the necessary curbs in place to ensure fair practices. All such measures are now resulting in healthy competition.
Ovum view
Fixed market overview
Broadband market
Multi-play: dual, triple, and quad players
Mobile market overview
National regulatory authority
Role of the Argentinean Competition Authority
Key legislation and regulation
Principal decree
Other decrees
Wireless licensing
3G mobile services
Retail regulation
The retail market
Cost model for retail tariffs
Number portability
Quality of service
Wholesale fixed regulation
Services subject to regulation
Narrowband voice interconnection
Cost model for RIO
Interconnection regulation
Wholesale access
Local loop unbundling
Wholesale mobile regulation
Mobile termination charges
Mobile termination charges
Mobile number portability
Wireless local loop
Universal service
Universal service obligation


Table 1: Argentina: mobile market information (4Q09)
Table 2: Fixed sector: services subject to regulation


Figure 1: Internet customer base in Argentina (2004–08)
Figure 2: Mobile customers in Argentina (2005–09)
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