Chile - Fixed-Line Market and Infrastructure - Overview, 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.
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.
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.