According to Akamai’s Q3 2015 rankings, the average downlink Internet speed in Argentina is 6.7 Mbps and the average uplink speed is 1.8 Mbps.
Population & Internet Availability
The current population of Argentina is approximately 43.85 million. Over 47% of residents have access to the Internet, especially broadband connections.
Main Types of Access to the Internet
Argentinian residents can access the following types of Internet services:
– ADSL Internet
– Wireless Internet
Internet Access – Dial-up
Although dial-up is rapidly becoming obsolete as broadband connections take over the internet market, it remains quite popular in smaller cities or in the countryside, where subscribers are stuck with a single provider; due to the monopoly ensured, there is also no intent to upgrade the infrastructure so as to transition from narrowband to broadband technology. The good news is that the number of dial-up users has decreased drastically since 2005 in favour of broadband internet access in bigger cities, and in time this might become reality in the abovementioned regions, too.
Internet Access – ADSL Internet
ADSL services were introduced to the Argentinian market in early 1998 by Telefonica de Espana, a Spanish company. Nowadays, this provider holds a monopoly over the ADSL infrastructure, along with Telecom Argentina. It should also be noted that this service is one of the most expensive in the country: for a service comprising speeds of 1 Mbps download and 256 Kbps upload, customers pay $20 per month. For 20 Mbps download and 512 Kbps upload, prices go up to as much as $77 per month.
Internet Access – Wireless Internet
Wireless networks have experienced a marked increase in popularity during the 2008-2009 period, totaling over 1.5 million as of March 2011. Such services are usually desired by customers located in remote areas or smaller cities where there is little to no broadband coverage. On the same note, they are also considerably faster than dial-up internet, and relatively cheaper than traditional broadband connections due to the fact that there are more ISPs that provide wireless internet.
Internet Censorship in Argentina
Argentinian internet users can access the internet freely. There is no evidence of governmental control of Internet access, nor credible reports that the government monitors user activity without solid legal basis. Content is being regulated in the same manner as other American and European countries, with a strong emphasis on combating such regular issues as defamation, hate speech, copyright infringement, as well as privacy issues. However, unlike other South American countries where copyright infringement is allowed to proliferate due to lack of proper regulations, Argentina has strengthened intellectual property rights protections by drafting, updating and ratifying international agreements such as the WIPO Copyright Treaty, along with many others. However, customers who seek to start up websites that might be deemed “controversial” in most of Europe will find that Argentina is a great place for such ventures, due to the fact that the Argentinian constitution provides internet content with extended protections for freedom of expression.