Argentina and the Telecommunications Industry: The Difficult but Necessary Path Toward Liberalization

Rubinstein, Vanessa P. | January 1, 2000

This article provides a synopsis of Argentina’s telecommunications industry and examines the compelling reasons why Argentina must effectively liberalize the industry while eliminating its hidden protectionist policies. Part II presents a historical overview of the Argentina’s telecommunications industry and analyzes Argentina’s domestic laws requiring liberalization. Part III explores the main economic policy reasons for why liberalization of the Argentine telecommunications industry is essential. Part IV offers recommendations to better achieve effective development, liberalization and competition in the telecommunications industry. This article concludes that Argentina must completely liberalize its telecommunications industry for basic services, thereby abiding by its domestic legal commitments and maximizing economic growth.