BNamericas reports that the number of mobile lines in service in Argentina is expected to reach 31 million by the end of this year, according to telecoms consultancy firm TBI. TBI added that this figure translated to a mobile penetration rate of 77%. The analyst said that mobile operators’ ARPUs were stable due to the growth in the value added services (VAS) segment, and mentioned that the SMS segment currently represents approximately 30% of mobile operators’ annual revenues. Cellcos are believed to be trying to increase ARPU through VAS such as video, mobile broadband and corporate services.
In the broadband segment, the consultancy predicted there would be 3.6 million connections by 31 December 2008, up 38% compared to the same date last year. Meanwhile in the fixed line sector, a total of around nine million lines are forecast for the year end. Annual revenues in the wireline arena are expected to reach ARS7.3 billion (US2.2 billion).
TBI found that revenue from international long-distance services has grown considerably, but added that the actual number of fixed lines will grow very slowly for the remainder of this year and the whole of 2009.