Argentina implements per-second billing

20 Dec 2013

The Argentine government has instructed the country’s mobile operators to introduce per-second billing for wireless telephony calls, Planning Minister Julio De Vido and Communications Minister Norberto Berner have jointly announced. According to the statement, per-second billing will be applied after the first 30 seconds of a mobile phone call, with mobile operators including Claro, Movistar and Personal expected to implement the change within 15 days for new customers and 60 days for existing subscribers. Resolution 26 of the Official Gazette also states that a licensee must inform telecoms regulator Comision Nacional de Comunicaciones (CNC) of any change to its tariffs 60 days in advance. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that Argentina was home to around 65.75 million mobile subscribers at the end of September 2013; America Movil-owned Claro is the market leader with a share of 32.8% at that date, followed by Telefonica’s Movistar with 32.4% and Telecom Personal with 31.6%, while NII Holdings’ Nextel remains a niche operator, accounting for 3.1% of total wireless customers in 3Q13.