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Chile - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Chile - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Chilean government progresses with 3,000km Fibra Optica Austral fibre network

Chile’s telecom sector is among the most developed in Latin America, with the modern infrastructure supporting a range of services in the fixed-line, digital media 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 a popular target with both national and international investors.

Chile’s 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 incumbent telco Telefónica Chile, trading as Movistar, has effective competition from VTR Globalcom, 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 seven 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.

Chile’s broadband penetration is relatively high for the region, and broadband services are among the fastest and least expensive in Latin America. In terms of both broadband penetration and broadband speed, Chile ranks second in South and Central America after Uruguay.

Mobile penetration is also among the highest in South America, and as a result growth has slowed considerably. In the first half of 2016 the subscriber base fell 1.2% year-on-year, though some recovery is anticipated into 2017 as the availability of LTE networks and services widens. Movistar and Entel remain the market leaders, with a similar market share, while Claro accounts for about 23.7% of the market. There is a growing number of smaller MVNOs, which together have 3% of the market. New entrants include Virgin Mobile, which has a presence in a number of other markets in the region, as well as Vodafone.

The significant growth in the number of LTE subscribers in recent quarters highlights operator focus on mobile broadband and data services as a source of revenue in coming years. This is being supported by the growing adoption of smartphones, in turn driven by the popularity of social media and improved 3G and LTE coverage, as well as by the reduction in the price of devices.

This report provides an overview of Chile’s telecom sector and regulatory environment. It includes a range of statistical data and market analyses. The report also reviews the mobile market and includes scenario forecasts to 2021. In addition, the report analyses the internet, broadband, and pay-TV markets, including profiles of the main players, market statistics and broadband scenario forecasts to 2021.

Key developments:

Government progresses with 3,000km Fibra Optica Austral fibre network;

Industry lobby group Atelmo proposes $26 billion investment program to 2024 to increase reach of LTE and fibre-based broadband networks;

Silica Networks signs agreement with REFSA Telecomunicaciones to build a 15,000km fibre network linking Argentina, Brazil and Chile;

Intermodal number portability introduced;

Telefónica extends Movistar Play service, launches satellite broadband service, expands videostreaming;

Government amends Telecommunications Act to provide minimum internet access speed;

Movistar and Entel launch LTE services using the 700MHz band;

Entel expecting to provide national coverage with LTE-A by March 2017;

Nextel Chile sold to Novator Partners, and rebranded as WOM;

Tower Act helps promote MVNOs and infrastructure sharing;

Report includes the regulator’s market data update to June 2016, telco’s financial and operating data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Movistar (Telefónica Chile), VTR Globalcom, GTD Group (including Telsur, GTD Manquehue, Telesat, Telcoy, GTD Internet), Entel Chile, Claro Chile, Nextel, Virgin Mobile, Falabella, DirecTV, CTR, CMET/Cable Central, Mundo Pacifico, TuVes HD.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Fixed-line broadband statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Mobile and fixed-line subscribers - 2005 - 2016
      • Table Historic - Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers - 1997 - 2009
      • Table Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers - 2010 - 2016
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Investment by sector - 2009 - 2015
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
      • Subtel
      • Superintendency of Telecommunications
      • CNTV
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT FUND
    • FOREIGN INVESTMENT
    • TARIFFS
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
    • NETWORK NEUTRALITY
    • DIGITAL AGENDA 2013-2020
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Local operators
        • Table Local telephony operators - number of zones of operation - 2016
        • Table Fixed lines in service - operators' market share - 2000 - 2016
        • Table Fixed-line local traffic (minutes and calls) - 2000 - 2016
      • Long-distance operators
    • MOVISTAR (TELEFÓNICA CHILE)
      • Table Telefónica Chile at a glance
      • Table Movistar - fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2016
    • VTR
      • Table VTR at a glance
      • Table VTR - fixed-lines subscribers - 2000 - 2016
    • GTD GROUP
      • Table GTD Group at a glance
      • Table GTD Group - fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2016
      • Telefónica del Sur (Telsur)
    • ENTEL CHILE
      • Table Entel Chile at a glance
      • Table Entel - fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2016
      • Table Entel Chile financial data (US$) - 2013 - 2016
    • CLARO CHILE (FORMERLY TELMEX)
      • Table Claro at a glance
      • Table Claro - fixed lines in service - 2006 - 2016
      • Table Claro revenue by platform - 2012 - 2016
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2017
      • Public payphones
        • Table Historic - Public phones - 1996 - 2004
        • Table Public phones - 2005 - 2015
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
        • Table International bandwidth - 2000 - 2015
    • WHOLESALE
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Historic - Internet users and user penetration - 1996 - 2009
      • Table Internet users and user penetration - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2001 - 2009
      • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Fixed broadband technologies by market share of subscribers - 2001 - 2016
      • Table Dial-up traffic (minutes and sessions) - 2000 - 2016
      • Table Fixed broadband connections by data speed - 2001 - 2016
      • Table Fixed broadband operators' market share of subscribers - 2007 - 2016
      • Table Mobile and fixed-line internet subscribers - 2009 - 2016
      • Forecasts - fixed broadband market - 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates - 2001 - 2017
      • VTR
        • Table VTR - broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2016
      • Claro
        • Table Claro - broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2016
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers and penetration rates - 2001 - 2017
      • Entel
      • Movistar (Speedy)
        • Table Movistar - broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2016
        • Table GTD Group - broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2016
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Fibre broadband subscribers - 2011 - 2017
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • WiMAX
        • Table WiMAX subscribers and penetration rates - 2009 - 2017
      • Satellite broadband
    • COMPETITION ISSUES
      • Network Neutrality Law
      • Minimum access speeds
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
    • BUNDLED SERVICES
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
    • PAY TV
      • Table Pay TV subscribers and penetration - 2006 - 2016
      • Table Pay TV market share by technology - 2006 - 2016
      • Table Pay TV operators - market share of subscribers - 2006 - 2016
      • VTR Globalcom
        • Table VTR - pay TV subscribers by technology - 2000 - 2016
        • Table VTR Group financial data - 2011 - 2016
      • Movistar (Telefónica Chile)
        • Table Movistar pay TV subscribers - 2006 - 2016
      • Claro (América Móvil)
        • Table Claro pay TV subscribers - 2010 - 2016
      • DirecTV
        • Table DirecTV pay TV subscribers - 2006 - 2016
    • CABLE TV
      • Table Historic - Cable TV subscribers and penetration rates - 1995 - 2009
      • Table Cable TV subscribers and penetration rates - 2010 - 2017
    • SATELLITE-BASED DIGITAL PAY TV DEVELOPMENTS
      • Table Satellite TV subscribers - 2006 - 2017
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV
    • COMMUNICATIONS: VOIP
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-COMMERCE
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Mobile network traffic - 2000 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 2010 - 2016
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS messages sent, annual change - 2002 - 2016
        • Table MMS messages sent, annual change - 2010 - 2016
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband connections by platform - 2009 - 2016
        • Table Proportion of mobile broadband connections by technology - 2012 - 2016
        • Table Mobile broadband penetration by technology - 2009 - 2016
        • Table Mobile broadband market share by major players - 2013 - 2016
        • Table Mobile broadband market share by minor players- 2013 - 2016
      • Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • 3G spectrum auctions
      • LTE spectrum auctions
        • Table Spectrum auction 700MHz band - February 2014
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table MTRs - 2014 - 2018
      • Mobile towers
      • Roaming
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
        • Table 2G subscribers - 2013 - 2015
        • Table 3G subscribers and penetration - 2006 - 2016
        • Table Operators' 3G market share - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Active LTE subscribers - 2013 - 2016
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MOBILE NETWORK OPERATORS
      • Table Mobile operators' market share- 2000 - 2016
      • Entel PCS
        • Table Entel PCS at a glance
        • Table Entel PCS - mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2016
        • Table Entel PCS - mobile broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2016
      • Movistar (Telefónica Móviles Chile)
        • Table Telefónica Móviles Chile at a glance
        • Table Movistar - mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2016
        • Table Movistar Chile mobile revenue - 2012 - 2016
        • Table Movistar Chile traffic by type - 2013 - 2016
        • Table Movistar Chile annualised ARPU - 2013 - 2016
      • Claro Chile (América Móvil)
        • Table Claro Chile at a glance
        • Table Claro - mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2016
        • Table Claro mobile revenue - 2012 - 2016
      • WOM (Nextel Chile)
        • Table WOM - mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2016
      • VTR
        • Table VTR - mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2016
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
        • Table MVNO subscribers by operator - 2011 - 2016
        • Table Virgin Mobile mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2016
        • Table Falabella Móvil mobile subscribers - 2013 - 2016
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-payments
    • MACHINE-TO-MACHINE (M2M)
      • Table M2M connections via mobile broadband - 2013 - 2016
      • Table Movistar Chile M2M connections - 2014 - 2016
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
      • Table Smartphones using mobile internet - 2013 - 2015

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