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Chile - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Chile - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Chile has one of the highest mobile penetration rates in South America. The number of subscribers has fluctuated seasonally in recent years though the overall trend has been stable. In the year to June 2018 the subscriber base increased 5.5%, despite the prevalence of lower use of multiple SIM cards. Much of the growth can be ascribed to the extensive availability of LTE networks which has encouraged take-up to take advantage of mobile data services.

Movistar and Entel remain the market leaders, with a similar market share, while Claro accounts for about a quarter of the market. Nextel Chile was sold in mid-2014 by NII Holdings and rebranded as WOM in 2015. The company has rapidly increased its subscriber base, partly helped by roaming agreements with all three other network operators.

There is a small number of MVNOs in the market, which together have only a minor share of subscribers. New entrants include Virgin Mobile, which has a presence in several other markets in the region.

Mobile number portability has helped to increase competition and reduce prices for consumers. Intermodal portability was introduced in September 2016, which allows subscribers to port numbers between fixed and mobile networks.

All three MNOs had launched LTE networks by 2014, and during 2018 operators trialled 5G. The regulator has also adopted its National Plan for 5G aimed at developing a consensus on services and spectrum use. The significant growth in the number of LTE subscribers in recent quarters highlights operator focus on mobile broadband and data services as a source of revenue in coming years. This is being supported by the growing adoption of smartphones, in turn driven by the popularity of social media and near comprehensive LTE population coverage, as well as by the reduction in the price of devices.

This report provides an overview of the mobile sector in Chile, including market statistics and profiles of mobile operators and key MVNOs. It also contains subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

Entel and Ericsson trial 5G;
Regulator proposes allocation changes in its National Spectrum Plan;
WOM challenges 700MHz spectrum allocations;
Regulator consults on a strategy to develop 5G;
Mobile roaming charges between Chile and Argentina to end from 2019;
Movistar and Entel extend LTE-A capabilities;
Regulator renews Telcordia's contract to administer MNP;
WOM extends roaming agreement with Entel for LTE services;
MTRs set to fall 73% over five years;
Chile's Tower Act helps promote MVNOs and infrastructure sharing;
Report update includes the regulator's market data updates to June 2018, telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Entel, Movistar, Claro, Nextel, VTR, GTD, Virgin Mobile, Falabella.


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile voice
3.3 Mobile data
3.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS) and Multi Media Service (MMS)
3.4 Mobile broadband
3.5 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2019; 2022; 2023
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 3G spectrum auctions
4.2 LTE spectrum auctions
4.3 5G spectrum plan
4.4 3.5GH
4.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.6 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
4.7 Mobile towers
4.8 Roaming
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 5G
5.2 4G (LTE)
5.3 3G
5.4 2G (GSM)
5.5 Other infrastructure developments
5.5.1 Mobile satellite
5.5.2 Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT)
6. Mobile network operators
6.1 Entel PCS
6.2 Movistar (Telefónica Móviles Chile)
6.3 Claro Chile (América Móvil)
6.4 WOM (Nextel Chile)
6.5 VTR
6.6 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
6.6.1 GTD Móvil
6.6.2 Virgin Mobile Chile
6.6.3 Falabella Móvil
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 M-payments
8. Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
9. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 - 2009
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 3 Mobile network traffic 2000 - 2018
Table 4 Historic - Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1999 - 2009
Table 5 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2010 - 2018
Table 6 Mobile market share of subscribers by major operators 2000 - 2018
Table 7 SMS messages sent, annual change 2002 - 2018
Table 8 MMS messages sent, annual change 2010 - 2018
Table 9 Mobile broadband connections by platform 2009 - 2018
Table 10 Proportion of mobile broadband connections by technology 2012 - 2018
Table 11 Mobile broadband penetration by technology 2009 - 2018
Table 12 Mobile broadband market share by major players 2013 - 2018
Table 13 Mobile broadband market share by minor players 2013 - 2018
Table 14 Smartphones using mobile internet 2013 - 2018
Table 15 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2013 - 2018
Table 16 Forecast mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 17 Spectrum auction 700MHz band February 2014
Table 18 Annual mobile number portings 2012 - 2016
Table 19 MTRs 2014 - 2018
Table 20 Movistar LTE subscribers and penetration 2016 - 2018
Table 21 Entel Chile LTE subscribers 2017 - 2018
Table 22 Active LTE subscribers 2013 - 2018
Table 23 3G subscribers and penetration 2006 - 2015
Table 24 Operators' 3G market share 2009 - 2015
Table 25 2G subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 26 Entel PCS mobile subscribers 2000 - 2018
Table 27 Entel PCS mobile broadband subscribers 2012 - 2018
Table 28 Movistar mobile subscribers 2000 - 2018
Table 29 Movistar Chile mobile revenue 2012 - 2018
Table 30 Movistar Chile traffic by type 2013 - 2018
Table 31 Movistar Chile ARPU 2013 - 2018
Table 32 Claro mobile subscribers 2000 - 2018
Table 33 Claro mobile revenue 2012 - 2018
Table 34 WOM mobile subscribers 2008 - 2018
Table 35 VTR mobile subscribers 2012 - 2018
Table 36 MVNO subscribers by operator 2011 - 2018
Table 37 Virgin Mobile mobile subscribers 2012 - 2018
Table 38 Falabella Móvil mobile subscribers 2013 - 2018
Table 39 M2M connections via mobile broadband 2013 - 2018
Table 40 Movistar Chile M2M connections 2014 - 2018
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers market evolution at a glance 2005 2018
Chart 2 Mobile market share of subscribers by major operators 2000 2018
Chart 3 Mobile broadband by platform connections 2009 2018
Chart 4 Proportion of mobile broadband connections by technology 2012 2018
Chart 5 Mobile broadband penetration by technology 2009 2018
Chart 6 Smartphones using mobile internet 2013 2018

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