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Chile - Broadband and Broadcasting Market - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts


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The high level of broadband penetration in Chile compared with other Latin American countries can be attributed to the country’s relatively high GDP and its receptivity towards new technologies. Broadband plans on offer in Chile are among the fastest and least expensive in Latin America. In terms of broadband speeds, Chile is the regional leader.

Several operators provide broadband access; Movistar is in the lead, followed by VTR Globalcom. Claro, in third place, has a fast-growing market share. Competition in the broadband market is livelier in Chile than in most other Latin American markets; nevertheless, it remains weak by international standards, and is largely limited to competition across technologies (ie ADSL versus cable modem).

Chile’s pay television market is one of the most mature in the region, with penetration ranking third in South America after Argentina and Uruguay. More than one Chilean household out of three subscribes to pay TV services.

This report provides an overview of Chile’s internet, broadband, and pay-TV markets, including brief profiles of the main players (with operator data to Q2 2012) and accompanied by relevant statistics, analyses, and broadband scenario forecasts for the years 2015 and 2020.

Key developments:

In Chile, more fixed-line customers subscribe to telephony bundled with another service than to telephony on its own; Chile’s Facebook penetration rate is the highest in Latin America and one of the highest in the world.

Companies covered in this report include:

Movistar, VTR, Claro, Telsur, Telcoy, GTD Manquehue, GTD Internet, Entel, DirecTV, CTR, CMET/Cable Central, Mundo Pacifico, and TuVes HD.


1. Synopsis
2. Fixed broadband access market
2.1 Overview
2.1.1 Fixed broadband statistics
2.1.2 Broadband market analysis
2.2 Regulatory issues
2.2.1 Network Neutrality Law
2.3 Broadband players
2.3.1 Overview
2.3.2 Movistar (Speedy)
2.3.3 VTR Banda Ancha
2.3.4 Claro
2.3.5 GTD/Telsur/Telcoy
2.4 Cable modems
2.5 Asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL)
2.6 Fibre-to-the-home (FttH) networks
2.7 Wireless broadband
2.7.1 WiMAX
2.8 Media convergence
2.8.1 Overview of media convergence
2.8.2 Triple play models
2.8.3 Broadband TV (IPTV and TVoIP)
3. Digital economy
3.1 E-government
3.2 E-commerce
4. Digital media
5. Broadcasting
5.1 Pay TV overview
5.1.1 Pay TV statistics
5.2 Major pay TV players
5.2.1 VTR Globalcom
5.2.2 Movistar (Telefónica Chile)
5.2.3 Claro (América Móvil)
5.2.4 DirecTV
5.3 Cable TV
5.4 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
5.5 Digital terrestrial TV
6. Forecasts – fixed broadband market – 2015; 2020
6.1 Overview
6.2 Scenario 1 – higher broadband growth
6.3 Scenario 2 – lower broadband growth
6.4 Notes on scenario forecasts
7. Related reports
List of Tables andCharts
Table 1 – Internet users and user penetration – 1996 - 2012
Table 2 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2012
Table 3 – Fixed broadband technologies - market share – 2001 - 2012
Table 4 – Fixed broadband operators’ market share – 2001 - 2012
Table 5 – Movistar – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2012
Table 6 – VTR – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2012
Table 7 – Claro – broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2012
Table 8 – GTD group – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2012
Table 9 – Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2012
Table 10 – ADSL subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2012
Table 11 – Volume of e-commerce – 2001 - 2012
Table 12 – Pay TV subscribers and penetration – 2006 - 2012
Table 13 – Pay TV technologies – market share – 2006 - 2012
Table 14 – Pay TV operators – market share – 2006 - 2012
Table 15 – VTR – pay TV subscribers by technology – 2000 - 2012
Table 16 – Movistar – satellite TV subscribers – 2006 - 2012
Table 17 – Claro – pay TV subscribers – 2006 - 2012
Table 18 – Cable TV subscribers and penetration rates – 1995 - 2012
Table 19 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2015; 2020
Table 20 – Forecast broadband subscribers – lower growth scenario – 2015; 2020
Chart 1 – Fixed broadband technologies - market share at a glance – 2001 - 2012
Chart 2 – Fixed broadband market share at a glance – 2001 - 2012
Chart 3 – Pay TV technologies - market share at a glance – 2006 - 2012
Chart 4 – Pay TV operators’ market share at a glance – 2012
Chart 5 – Evolution of cable TV in Chile – 2003 - 2012

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