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Argentina - Shared Short Code Requirements and Restrictions


The regulations in Argentina caters and covers all of the Mobile Payment types, that include Premium SMS BillingStandard Rate Servicesand Short Codes.


CNC_logo.jpg The Regulating Body for Argentina is the Comisión Nacional De Comunicaciones (CNC)


The National Communications Commission (NCC) is a decentralized agency that operates within the Ministry of Communications, Ministry of Federal Planning, Public Investment and Services, whose mission and functions are regulation, controller, audit and verification of aspects relating the provision of telecommunications services, postal and use of radio spectrum.

The CNC established by Decree 660/96, is the result of the merger of two organizations: the CNT-National Telecommunications Commission, and NCTC-National Commission, Post Office, consolidating a single entity of the State competition control of communications services.

In this regard, the Agency has the authority to administer, manage, monitor and control telecommunications systems and services among which are the telephone, Internet, audio, text, satellites, communications services and other maritime and aeronautical and intervene in the fulfillment of the conditions, quality standards and other obligations related to the provision of Universal Basic Postal Service, private lenders and / or other services that are considered mandatory Official Mail.





logo-movistar.jpg               Movistar - Network name in txtNations system: MOVISTAR-AR


claro_logo.jpg Claro - Network name in txtNations system: CLARO-AR



Movistar is a major Spanish mobile phone operator owned by Telefónica Móviles. It operates in Spain and in many Latin American countries. It is the largest carrier in Spain with 22 million customers (cellphone services only) and 41.58% of market share. Its principal competitor in Latin America is America Movil. It offers GSM 900/1800 MHz (2G), UMTS 850 & 1900 MHz (3G) and HSDPA (3.5G) services.

The Movistar name has been in use in Spain since the launch of GSM services in 1995. The name became effective worldwide on April 5, 2005 after Telefónica Móviles purchased the BellSouth mobile operations branch in South America.



Claro (formerly CTI Móvil) is a mobile network operator with headquarters in Córdoba, Argentina that operates in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay (where it was formerly known as Port Hable), owned by América Móvil. Beginning March 25, 2008 it is known as Claro. Also provides service in Antarctica.




Market Statistics



Argentina has one of the most solid state-of-the-art telecom infrastructures in Latin America. At 23%, fixed-line teledensity is among the highest in the region. Due to fixed-mobile substitution, however, the number of fixed lines is increasing at a rate that is barely sufficient to keep up with population growth. The two incumbents, Telefónica de Argentina and Telecom Argentina, dominate the local fixed-line market, but a large number of smaller companies – mostly cooperatives – are also operating, especially in rural areas. The long distance market is highly competitive, and VoIP is well developed. Argentina is one of the most dynamic mobile markets in Latin America, with penetration rates upwards of 130%. More and more users are signing up for multiple mobile accounts; most Argentineans have prepaid plans rather than contracts, therefore owning two mobile telephones is not a lot more expensive than owning one. Moreover, with the growing popularity of mobile broadband, an increasing number of users require an additional SIM card for their USB modem.




Area: Total: 2,780,400 sq km Land: 2,736,690 sq km Water: 43,710 sq km
Cities: BUENOS AIRES (capital) 12.988 million; Cordoba 1.493 million; Rosario 1.231 million; Mendoza 917,000; San Miguel de Tucuman 831,000 (2009)
Terrain: rich plains of the Pampas in northern half, flat to rolling plateau of Patagonia in south, rugged Andes along western border
Climate: mostly temperate; arid in southeast; subantarctic in southwest


Nationality: Noun: Argentine(s) Adjective: Argentine
Population: 41,769,726 (July 2011 est.)
Annual population growth rate: 1.017% (2011 est.)
Language: Spanish (official), Italian, English, German, French
Flag: flag_argentina.png



Type: Republic
Constitution: 1 May 1853; amended many times starting in 1860
Branches:  chief of state: President Cristina; Vice President Julio; head of government: President Cristina; Vice President Julio; cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president Independence: 9 July 1816 (from Spain)
Political parties: Civic and Social Accord or ACyS ; Civic Coalition or CC; Dissident Peronists or PJ Disidente; Front for Victory or FpV; Justicialist Party or PJ ; Radical Civic Union or UCR; Republican Proposal or PRO; Socialist Party or PS; Union For All; numerous provincial parties

Suffrage: 18 - 70 years of age; universal



GDP: $596 billion (2010 est.)
Avg. annual growth rate: 7.5% (2010 est.)
Per capita GDP: $14,700 (2010 est.)

Natural Resources: fertile plains of the pampas, lead, zinc, tin, copper, iron ore, manganese, petroleum, uranium
Agriculture: sunflower seeds, lemons, soybeans, grapes, corn, tobacco, peanuts, tea, wheat; livestock
Industry: food processing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, textiles, chemicals and petrochemicals, printing, metallurgy, steel
Trade: Export - Brazil 20.5%, Chile 7.9%, US 6.6%, China 6.6%, Netherlands 4.3% (2009) Import - Brazil 31.1%, US 13.3%, China 12.4%, Germany 5.1% (2009)




Market Growth

General region↓ Total number of Internet users (thousands)↓ Internet Users per 100 inhab.↓ Total population (thousands)↓ GDP per capita↓ GDP total (thousands)↓ Mobile subscibers per 100 inhab.↓ Total number of mobile subscribers (thousands)↓
America  41343.201  30.4  40276 65,547.9 2,655,980,000  128.8  38700
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The peso (originally established as the peso convertible) is the currency of Argentina, identified by the symbol $ preceding the amount in the same way as many countries using dollar currencies. It is subdivided into 100 centavos.

10ARS in £GBP

10ARS in $USD

10ARS in €EUR


Approval Process

As part of the application process for an Argentinian short code you will need to complete a txtNation Customer Care Form (CCF). It takes roughly one week to get service approval form feedback and also one week to get live once your CCF has been approved.



Promotional Guidelines

There is currently no set Regulation Document, it is down to the discretion of each operator to set rules and decide whether or not your service is ok to run. However you CCF will be evaluated to ensure your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair.



Message Flow Requirements

There is currently no set Regulation Document, it is down to the discretion of each operator to set rules and decide whether or not your service is ok to run. However you CCF will be evaluated to ensure your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair.



Service Types

There is currently no set Regulation Document, it is down to the discretion of each operator to set rules and decide whether or not your service is ok to run. However you CCF will be evaluated to ensure your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair.  Adult services are not allowed in Argentina. Other services are allowed, however check with your operator for clarification. Microbilling, competitions, voting, info messages and mobile content are permitted in Argentina.


Billing Types

We operate One-In One-Out (IO) billing line on our shared lines in Argentina. See forum entry "What are the SMS billing types available?" for more information on these billing types. 



Opt-in Process

- MO opt-in. (SMS-O)

- Premium transaction require a single opt-in. (SMS-O)

- Standard rate transactions require a single opt-in. (SMS-O)

- PIN opt-in is available for transaction services. (WO-PIN)



Available Tariffs

The available tariffs in Argentina can be as follows:

$4.00 and $6.00

For a more up to date list of tariffs please ask your Account Manager for a Argentinian Premium SMS Rate Card.



Shortcode and Keywords

On our shared code in Argentina we operate on a 5 digit shortcode for each carrier. The full short code is provided on application. Adult content is available in Argentina but the content cannot be too explicit e.g. mild porn. like someone wearing a bikini.



Frequency and Amounts

Only 60 messages per month per mobile is allowed in Argentina, after this you should not reply further, thus limiting the billing. 




The current Argentinian rate of tax is available via Wikipedia. The out-payments on our rate cards are exclusive of VAT, so if you are VAT registered you can claim a higher outpayment than is shown. 



Shared Codes 

Shared codes are available with a 2 - 3 week lead time depending on carrier availability, the carriers approve based on their backlog, the time of year, price point and service type. You can read more about Short Code Coverage, SMS Billing Services and Mobile Payments in Argentina on our txtNation site.




Argentina has the following Mobile Payment options available, all of which fall under these regulations:

  • Premium SMS (P-SMS)


Additional options for Mobile Payments and Messaging in Argentina include:

  • HLR Lookup
  • Bulk SMS
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