Case | HBS Case Collection | November 1995 (Revised April 1996)

ENTel and the Privatization of Argentine Telecommunications

by Willis M. Emmons III

Abstract

Growing fiscal deficits, persistent economic recession, and underinvestment in the nation's telecommunications infrastructure lead the Argentine government to privatize its state-owned monopoly provider of telecommunications services, ENTel, in late 1990. The privatization process and the resulting ownership structure is complex, and the new regulatory framework appears to offer both significant opportunities and risks for investors.

Keywords: Opportunities; Risk and Uncertainty; Communication Technology; Privatization; Wireless Technology; Governing Rules, Regulations, and Reforms; Competition; Development Economics; Policy; Government and Politics; Performance Effectiveness; Telecommunications Industry; Argentina;

Citation:

Emmons, Willis M., III. "ENTel and the Privatization of Argentine Telecommunications." Harvard Business School Case 796-065, November 1995. (Revised April 1996.)