Chile’s telecom sector is one of the most developed in Latin America, with a state-of-the-art infrastructure and regulatory system. The government takes a proactive role in promoting competition in the telecom sector, and places no restriction on foreign investment. As a result, the country is a popular target with both national and international investors.
In Chile’s already dynamic telecom market, competition is expected to liven up even more, thanks to the introduction of fixed and mobile number portability as well as the market entry of new mobile operators. To encourage customer mobility, the regulator has banned the sale of carrier-locked handsets, and ordered operators to unlock devices free of charge.
Strong demand for telecom products is expected to continue in Chile. The country has a technology-hungry consumer base; to keep up with consumer expectations, operators must improve and invest or lose out to competition. We can expect substantial investments in 2012 and 2013 as Entel, Movistar, and Claro roll out LTE networks, having won 4G licences in mid-2012.
This report provides an overview of Chile’s telecom sector and regulatory environment, accompanied by statistical data, analyses, and outlook.
Fixed Number Portability was introduced in December 2011, and Mobile Number Portability in January 2012; a bill is in the pipeline to create a Superintendency of Telecommunications; we can expect telecom investments to average US$3 billion in 2012 and 2013.