Nine-tenths of connected Argentinians go for convergent offers

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 22 June 2015

Although triple play offers are not common and quad play does not exist, Argentinians are choosing simple convergent offers for Internet and pay-TV services.

According to figures reported by consultancy firm Carrier y Asociados, only 9% of the country has a triple play offer, but most of them (52%) choose a package with fix phone and Internet and 26% prefer an offer with pay-TV and Internet. Nearly 90% of them have invested in an Internet-phone or Internet-TV package.

Argentina's main Internet service providers (ISP), Speedy, Fibertel and Arnet, are, almost always, part of a convergent offer, according to the consultants' report Acceso a Internet y Tecnología Residencial 2015.

Counting also on the distribution agreements between DIRECTV and the operators, only one in ten subscribers is paying for Internet as a standalone service, although the percentage increases to 20% among younger families.

For Carrier y Asociados, the recently passed law allowing telcos to provide pay-TV is not having an immediate impact on convergent offers' scene, as IP and cable networks are not in technical conditions to support the increasing traffic. The necessary investments will be also competing with 4G deployments in importance, thus leaving a slow scenario for triple- and quad- play.