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Chile - Mobile Market - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts

Chile - Mobile Market - Overview, 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 have 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 (with operator data to Q2 2012). It also contains scenario forecasts for the years 2015 and 2020.

Key developments:

Chile's Tower Act, devised for health and environmental reasons, is helping to promote MVNOs and infrastructure sharing; to encourage customer mobility, the regulator has banned the sale of carrier-locked handsets, and ordered operators to unlock devices free of charge.

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
3.3 Mobile number portability
3.4 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 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 - 2013
Table 2 Mobile ARPU in Chile major operators 2009 - 2012
Table 3 3G subscribers and penetration 2006 - 2013
Table 4 Operators' 3G market share 2009 - 2013
Table 5 Fixed broadband versus 3G subscribers 2006 - 2013
Table 6 Mobile operators' market share 2000 - 2013
Table 7 Entel PCS mobile subscribers 2000 - 2013
Table 8 Movistar mobile subscribers 2000 - 2013
Table 9 Claro mobile subscribers 2000 - 2013
Table 10 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1999 - 2013
Table 11 SMS messages sent 2002 - 2012
Table 12 Mobile broadband connections and penetration 2009 - 2013
Table 13 Forecast mobile subscribers higher growth scenario 2015; 2020
Table 14 Forecast mobile subscribers lower growth scenario 2015; 2020
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers market evolution at a glance 2002 - 2013
Chart 2 Evolution of mobile ARPU 2009 - 2012
Chart 3 3G market share at a glance March 2013
Chart 4 Mobile market share at a glance March 2013
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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