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


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Teledensity in Chile is about 5% higher than average for Latin America, but lags behind Costa Rica, Uruguay, Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, and a number of Caribbean small island nations.

Chile’s 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:

Following its failed bid to buy GTD, Entel plans to roll out satellite TV and triple play services for residential customers; Chile is eliminating domestic long distance charges and establishing a single nationwide calling area.

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
List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 – Fixed lines in service – operators’ market share – 2000 - 2012
Table 2 – Entel and Movistar – market share of ILD and DLD traffic – 2003 - 2012
Table 3 – Movistar – fixed lines in service – 1999 - 2012
Table 4 – VTR – fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2012
Table 5 – GTD Group – fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2012
Table 6 – Entel – fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2012
Table 7 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2012
Table 8 – Public phones – 1996 - 2012
Table 9 – Movistar wholesale accesses – 2004 - 2012
Table 10 – Forecast fixed lines – higher growth scenario – 2015; 2020
Table 11 – Forecast fixed lines – lower growth scenario – 2015; 2020
Chart 1 – Fixed line market share at a glance – 2012
Chart 2 – Evolution of fixed lines in service – 2003 - 2012
Exhibit 1 – Regions and primary zones in Chile
Exhibit 2 – Local telephony operators – number of zones of operation – March 2012
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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