Chile - Telecom Market Trends, Key Statistics and Regulatory Overview

Chile - Telecom Market Trends, Key Statistics and Regulatory Overview

Chile's telecom sector is one of the most open and mature in Latin America, with full competition allowed in all areas and a state-of-the-art infrastructure and regulatory system. The country's market-oriented economy has made it a popular target with both national and international investors.

Fixed-mobile substitution is particularly strong in Chile, with fixed-line teledensity slipping while mobile penetration continues to climb. Many Chileans are turning to mobile solutions also for their broadband access. Mobile broadband using USB modems is declining, given that handset tethering has made the separate purchase of dongles unnecessary, and operators' investment in network upgrades has made mobile broadband through 3G devices and smartphones standard among consumers. Major drivers in the smartphones boom include lower handset prices and the intensive use of social networks.

A Digital Agenda for 2013-2020 dubbed Agenda Digital Imagina Chile 2013-2020 has set out a roadmap for the long-term development of Chile's ICT sector, including five strategic axes and 30 specific initiatives or goals to facilitate telecom access for all Chilean citizens.

This report provides an overview of Chile's telecom sector and regulatory environment, accompanied by statistical data and market analyses.

Key developments:

Industry lobby group Atelmo proposes $26 billion investment program to 2024 to increase reach of LTE and fibre-based broadband networks; new Undersecretary of Telecommunications appointed to oversee changes at the telecom regulator; Parliamentary bill to create a Superintendency of Telecommunications passes the upper house; mobile number portability helps reduce prices; a bill is in the pipeline to create a Superintendency of Telecommunications; Chile is among the world's top 20 countries both as host and as source of foreign direct investment; new rules restrict TV operators from changing channel line-ups without consulting subscribers; includes the regulator's market data update to June 2014, recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report include:

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

1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.1 Economic background
3.1.1 GDP growth
3.1.2 Outlook
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview of Chile's telecom market
4.2 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Background
5.2 Regulatory authorities
5.2.1 Subtel
5.2.2 Superintendency of Telecommunications
5.2.3 CNTV
5.3 Telecommunications Development Fund
5.4 Foreign investment
5.5 Tariffs
5.6 Number portability
5.7 Interconnect
5.8 Access
5.9 Network neutrality
5.10 Digital agenda 2013-2020
6. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2014 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014 (Jun)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2014 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2014 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Chile 2000 - 2014
Table 8 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2014
Table 9 Historic - Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 1997 - 2004
Table 10 Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 11 Communications GDP 2000 - 2013
Table 12 Investment, proportion by sector 2009 - 2013
Table 13 Mobile and fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration 2009 - 2014
Chart 1 Fixed and mobile subscribers in Chile by market share 2005 - 2014
Chart 2 Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 2005 2014
Chart 3 Evolution of communications GDP in Chile 2003 - 2013
Exhibit 1 Map of Chile

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