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


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

Chile's mobile penetration is one of the highest in South America, and as a result growth has slowed considerably. Movistar and Entel are the market leaders with a similar market share, while Claro accounts for about 24% of the market. There are a number of smaller MVNOs which together have 3% of the market.

Mobile number portability has helped to increase competition and reduce prices for consumers. Of the MVNOs, Falabella Movil and Virgin Mobile are the two largest, while Nextel Chile was sold in mid-2014 by NII Holdings.

All three MNOs had launched LTE networks by 2014, and in late 2015 trials provided data at up to 2050Mb/s.

The sale of smartphones in increasing rapidly, driven by the popularity of social media and improved 3G and LTE coverage, as well as by the reduction in the price of devices.

This report provides an overview of the mobile market in Chile, including and a profile of mobile operators and key MVNOs, market statistics and market analyses. It also contains scenario forecasts to 2020.

Key developments:

Entel trials LTE-A, providing mobile data at up to 250mb/s; Nextel Chile sold to Novator Partners, and rebrands as WOM; Spanish bank BBVA launches a mobile wallet solution; regulator begins 700MHz spectrum allocation process; MTRs set to fall 73% over five years; regulator negotiates reduced roaming charges with Argentina and Peru; Chile's Tower Act helps promote MVNOs and infrastructure sharing; regulator bans the sale of carrier-locked handsets, orders operators to unlock devices free of charge; VTR closes down its wireless network to become solely an MVNO; Claro expands LTE service; telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 2015; regulator's market data updates to June 2015; 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 data
3.2.1 Short Message Service (SMS) and Multi Media Service (MMS)
3.3 Mobile broadband
3.4 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2015; 2017; 2020
3.5 Notes on scenario forecasts
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 3G spectrum auctions
4.2 LTE spectrum auctions
4.2.1 700MHz spectrum
4.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.4 Mobile Termination rates (MTRs)
4.5 Mobile towers
4.6 Roaming
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Overview
5.2 Digital networks
5.2.1 GSM
5.2.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
5.2.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.3 Other infrastructure developments
5.3.1 Mobile satellite
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 Overview
6.6.2 GTD Móvil
6.6.3 Virgin Mobile Chile
6.6.4 Falabella Móvil
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 M-payments
8. Mobile handsets
9. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 - 2004
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2016
Table 3 Mobile network traffic 2000 - 2015
Table 4 Historic - Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1999 - 2004
Table 5 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2005 - 2014
Table 6 SMS messages sent, annual change 2002 - 2015
Table 7 MMS messages sent, annual change 2010 - 2015
Table 8 Mobile broadband (3G) connections 2009 - 2015
Table 9 Proportion of mobile broadband connections by technology 2012 - 2015
Table 10 Mobile broadband market share by operator 2013 - 2015
Table 11 Forecast mobile subscribers 2015; 2017; 2020
Table 12 Spectrum auction 700MHz band February 2014
Table 13 MTRs 20014 - 2018
Table 14 2G subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 15 3G subscribers and penetration 2006 - 2015
Table 16 Operators' 3G market share 2009 - 2015
Table 17 4G subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 18 Mobile operators' market share 2000 - 2015
Table 19 Entel PCS mobile subscribers 2000 - 2015
Table 20 Entel PCS mobile broadband subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 21 Movistar mobile subscribers 2000 - 2015
Table 22 Movistar Chile mobile revenue 2012 - 2015
Table 23 Movistar Chile operating data 2013 - 2015
Table 24 Movistar Chile ARPU 2013 - 2015
Table 25 Claro mobile subscribers 2000 - 2015
Table 26 Claro mobile revenue 2012 - 2015
Table 27 WOM mobile subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 28 VTR mobile subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 29 MVNO subscribers by operator 2011 - 2015
Table 30 Virgin Mobile mobile subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 31 Falabella Móvil mobile subscribers 2013 - 2015
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers market evolution at a glance 2005 2016
Exhibit 1 Entel PCS at a glance
Exhibit 2 Telefónica Móviles Chile at a glance
Exhibit 3 Claro Chile at a glance

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