Telecommunications in Argentina
Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic (República Argentina), is a federal republic in the southern portion of South America. Sharing the bulk of the Southern Cone with its neighbor Chile to the west, the country is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south.
Mobile broadband penetration is close to the regional average and noticeably ahead of the global level. 3G technology was launched in 2007, and 4G LTE became available in 2014. Argentina’s LTE adoption rates were the fastest growing in Latin America during the first six months after the launch, with approximately six new users per minute. According to latest ITU data (June 2018) mobile coverage reaches 95% of the population, and 4G LTE accessible by 85% of Argentinians.
Argentina fosters one of the most dynamic mobile markets in the Americas, with above-average penetration rates and competitive pricing, not only at the regional level, but globally. The country has advanced telecommunications infrastructure and boasts a higher-than-average ratio of individuals using the Internet. Its current challenges revolve around improving broadband speed and extending the service reach to the more remote areas.
Argentina’s approach to the telecommunications sector is multifaceted, employing national plans that focus on both infrastructure development and computer literacy, but also allowing for and incentivising competition in the different market segments.