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Chile - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Chile - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Chile's telecom sector is among the most developed in Latin America, with a modern infrastructure supporting a range of services in the fixed-line and mobile sectors. Full competition in all market segments has been encouraged by an effective regulatory regime. The country's market-oriented economy has also made it popular for both national and international investors.

Fixed-line teledensity remains below the South American average, despite the country's relatively high GDP per capita and the healthy investment environment. Teledensity peaked in 2001 and has since fallen, a trend which is being pushed by consumer adoption of mobile services for both voice calls and mobile broadband, which is reducing demand for fixed-line infrastructure but leading to a steady climb in the use of mobile voice and data services.

The leading fixed-line operator is the incumbent Telefónica Chile, trading as Movistar. Its main competitors are VTR Globalcom (VTR), the GTD Group, Entel, and Claro. VTR is the leading provider of cable TV and cable broadband, and the second largest provider of local telephony. The GTD Group operates through subsidiaries including GTD Manquehue, GTD Telesat and Telsur, which provide voice, data, and video services for residential and business customers. Entel offers fixed-line services primarily to the wholesale and corporate segments.

The Digital Agenda for 2013-2020 (dubbed Agenda Digital Imagina Chile 2013-2020) 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 and includes a range of statistical data and market analyses.

Key developments:

GTD to lay a 3,500km submarine cable from Africa to Puerto Montt;
Telecom regulator and Ministry of National Assets agree terms to improve telecom infrastructure access conditions;
Industry lobby group Atelmo proposes $26 billion investment program to 2024 to increase reach of LTE and fibre-based broadband networks;
Report update includes the regulator's market data update to June 2018, telco's financial and operating data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Movistar (Telefónica Chile), VTR Globalcom, GTD Group (including Telsur, GTD Manquehue, Telesat, Telcoy), Entel Chile, Claro Chile, Nextel, GTD, Virgin Mobile, Falabella.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Historical overview
4.2 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
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 Number Portability (NP)
5.5 Interconnect
5.6 Access
5.7 Network neutrality
5.8 Digital agenda 2013-2020
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Introduction
6.1.1 Local operators
6.1.2 Long-distance operators
6.2 Movistar (Telefónica Chile)
6.3 VTR
6.4 GTD Group
6.4.1 Telefónica del Sur (Telsur)
6.5 Entel Chile
6.6 Claro Chile (formerly Telmex)
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 VoIP
7.3 Digital economy
7.3.1 E-government
7.3.2 E-commerce
7.4 International infrastructure
7.4.1 Submarine cable networks
7.4.2 Satellite networks
8. Wholesale
9. Related reports
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Chile 2018 (e)
Table 2 Evolution of GDP in Chile 2000 - 2018
Table 3 Mobile and fixed-line subscribers 2005 - 2018
Table 4 Historic - Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 1997 - 2009
Table 5 Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 2010 - 2018
Table 6 Telecom market investment 2009 - 2016
Table 7 Fixed lines in service operators' market share 2000 - 2018
Table 8 Fixed-line local traffic (minutes and calls) 2000 - 2018
Table 9 Movistar fixed lines in service 2000 - 2018
Table 10 VTR fixed-lines subscribers 2000 - 2018
Table 11 GTD Group fixed lines in service 2000 - 2018
Table 12 Entel fixed lines in service 2000 - 2018
Table 13 Entel Chile financial data 2014 - 2018
Table 14 Claro fixed lines in service 2006 - 2018
Table 15 Claro revenue by platform 2012 - 2018
Table 16 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2009
Table 17 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2018
Table 18 International bandwidth 2000 - 2016
Chart 1 Fixed and mobile subscribers in Chile by market share 2005 - 2018
Chart 2 Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 2005 2018
Chart 3 Fixed lines in service operators' market share 2000 2018
Chart 4 Entel Chile financial data 2014 2018
Chart 5 Claro revenue by platform 2012 2018
Chart 6 Evolution of fixed lines in service 2003 - 2018
Exhibit 1 Map of Chile
Exhibit 2 Regions and primary zones in Chile
Exhibit 3 Local telephony operators number of zones of operation

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