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Chile - Mobile Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts


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Chile - Mobile Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

Chile's mobile penetration is one of the highest in South America but lagging slightly behind Uruguay and Argentina. Mobile growth, however, has slowed down considerably it even turned negative in the first quarter of 2013, which may indicate that the market has reached saturation. Movistar and Entel compete neck-and-neck with a 37% share each, Claro accounts for 25%, and a few new entrants and MVNOs share the remaining 1%.

Mobile number portability has helped to increase competition and reduce prices. Four new entrants have joined the mobile market, with a fifth one expected to begin operations in the second half of 2013. The four are Nextel Chile, VTR, GTD, and Virgin Mobile. Nextel and VTR have launched 3G networks, while GTD and Virgin Mobile are offering Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) services. The fifth, local retail giant Falabella, is preparing to enter the MVNO market.

Claro launched Chile's first 4G/LTE network in June 2013. Under the terms of their licence, Movistar and Entel had until early 2014 to launch 4G services.

Smartphone sales are soaring in Chile, driven by the popularity of social media and improved 3G coverage as well as diminishing prices and a wider range of devices.

Accompanied by key market statistics and analyses, this report provides an overview of the market and a brief profile of mobile operators. It also contains scenario forecasts for the years 2015 and 2020.

Key developments:

MTRs set to fall 73% over five years; Entel launches an LTE network ahead of the deadline; new MTR rates come into force; 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; regulator preps for 700MHz auction in early 2014, consumer group calls for auction delay; telcos' financial and operating data to Q4 2013; regulator's market to December 2013; market developments to April 2014.

Companies covered in this report include:

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


1. Synopsis
2. Overview of Chile's mobile market
2.1 Mobile statistics
3. Regulatory issues
3.1 3G spectrum auctions
3.2 4G spectrum auctions
3.2.1 700MHz spectrum
3.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
3.4 Mobile Termination rates (MTRs)
3.5 Mobile towers
4. Mobile technologies
4.1 Overview
4.2 Second Generation (2G) mobile
4.3 Third Generation (3G) mobile
4.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
4.5 Mobile handsets/smartphones
5. Mobile network operators
5.1 Entel PCS
5.2 Movistar (Telefónica Móviles Chile)
5.3 Claro Chile (América Móvil)
5.4 Nextel Chile
5.5 VTR
6. Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
6.1 Overview
6.2 GTD Móvil
6.3 Virgin Mobile Chile
6.4 Falabella Móvil
7. Mobile voice services
7.1 Prepaid
8. Mobile messaging
8.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
9. Mobile broadband
10. Mobile satellite
11. Forecasts mobile market 2015; 2020
11.1 Overview
11.2 Scenario 1 higher mobile market growth
11.3 Scenario 2 lower mobile market growth
11.4 Notes on scenario forecasts
12. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 - 2004
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2014
Table 3 Mobile ARPU in Chile major operators 2009 - 2012
Table 4 Mobile network traffic 2000 - 2015
Table 5 Spectrum auction 700MHz band February 2014
Table 6 3G subscribers and penetration 2006 - 2013
Table 7 Operators' 3G market share 2009 - 2013
Table 8 Fixed broadband versus 3G subscribers 2006 - 2013
Table 9 Mobile operators' market share 2000 - 2013
Table 10 Entel PCS mobile subscribers 2000 - 2013
Table 11 Movistar mobile subscribers 2000 - 2013
Table 12 Claro mobile subscribers 2000 - 2013
Table 13 Nextel mobile subscribers 2008 - 2013
Table 14 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1999 - 2013
Table 15 SMS messages sent 2002 - 2013
Table 16 Mobile broadband (3G) connections 2009 - 2013
Table 17 Forecast mobile subscribers higher growth scenario 2015; 2020
Table 18 Forecast mobile subscribers lower growth scenario 2015; 2020
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers market evolution at a glance 2005 - 2014
Chart 2 Evolution of mobile ARPU 2009 - 2012
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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