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Chile - Fixed-Line Market and Infrastructure - Insights, Statistics and Forecasts


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Chile - Fixed-Line Market and Infrastructure - Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

Chile's fixed-line teledensity is about 6% below the South American average. This is surprisingly low, considering that the country's GDP per capita is the highest in this subregion. In fact, since peaking in 2001, teledensity has dropped by four percentage points, and the market continues to shrink.

The leading fixed-line operator is the incumbent Telefónica Chile, which trades as Movistar. Its main competitors are VTR Globalcom (VTR), the GTD group, Entel, and Claro. VTR is the leading provider of cable TV and cable modem broadband, and the second largest provider of local telephony. The GTD Group operates through seven subsidiaries, including GTD Manquehue, GTD Telesat, and Telsur, which provide voice, data, and video services for residential and business customers. Entel offers fixed-line services primarily to the wholesale and corporate segments.

This report provides an overview of Chile's telecom infrastructure and brief profiles of the main fixed network operators (with operator data to Q2 2012), accompanied by relevant statistics, analyses, and fixed-line scenario forecasts for the years 2015 and 2020.

Key developments:

Chile is eliminating domestic long distance charges and establishing a single nationwide calling area; a failed bid to acquire GTD has been a setback for Entel, as the acquisition would have strengthened its position and allowed it to enter the triple-play market; telcos' data to Q2 2013; Telsur builds 440km fibre-optic submarine cable to link southern towns; regulator's market updates to June 2013; market developments to early 2014.

Companies covered in this report include:

Movistar (Telefónica Chile), VTR Globalcom, the GTD group (including Telsur, GTD Manquehue, Telesat, and Telcoy), Entel Chile, and Claro Chile.


1. Synopsis
2. Fixed network operators in Chile
2.1 Overview of operators
2.1.1 Local operators
2.1.2 Long-distance operators
2.2 Movistar (Telefónica Chile)
2.3 VTR Globalcom
2.4 GTD Group
2.4.1 Telefónica del Sur (Telsur)
2.5 Entel Chile
2.6 Claro Chile (former Telmex)
3. Telecommunications infrastructure
3.1 National telecom network
3.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
3.1.2 Public payphones
3.2 International infrastructure
3.2.1 Submarine cable networks
3.2.2 Satellite networks
3.3 Infrastructure developments
3.3.1 IP and voice over internet protocol (VoIP)
4. Wholesale
5. Forecasts fixed-line market 2015; 2020
5.1 Overview
5.2 Scenario 1 higher fixed-line growth
5.3 Scenario 2 lower fixed-line growth
5.4 Notes on scenario forecasts
6. Related reports
Table 1 Fixed lines in service operators' market share 2000 - 2013
Table 2 Movistar fixed lines in service 2000 - 2013
Table 3 VTR fixed lines in service 2000 - 2013
Table 4 GTD Group fixed lines in service 2000 - 2013
Table 5 Entel fixed lines in service 2000 - 2013
Table 6 Claro fixed lines in service 2006 - 2013
Table 7 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2004
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2013
Table 9 Historic - Public phones 1996 - 2004
Table 10 Public phones 2005 - 2013
Table 11 Forecast fixed lines higher growth scenario 2015; 2020
Table 12 Forecast fixed lines lower growth scenario 2015; 2020
Chart 1 Evolution of fixed lines in service 2003 - 2013
Exhibit 1 Regions and primary zones in Chile
Exhibit 2 Local telephony operators number of zones of operation June 2013
Exhibit 3 Telefónica Chile at a glance
Exhibit 4 VTR Globalcom at a glance
Exhibit 5 GTD Group at a glance
Exhibit 6 Entel Chile at a glance
Exhibit 7 Claro at a glance

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