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Chile - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Chile - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Chile’s international and terrestrial cable systems set to grow by 2020

Chile’s telecom sector is among the most developed in Latin America, and full competition in all market segments has been encouraged by an effective regulatory regime. The regulator’s work has partly been guided by the Digital Agenda for 2013-2020 program, which set out a roadmap for the long-term development of the country’s ICT sector. Fixed-line teledensity remains below the South American average, despite the country’s relatively high GDP per capita and a positive 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 broadband.

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.

Although Chile has one of the highest mobile penetration rates in the region, the number of subscribers has fallen in recent quarters in line with subscribers ending multiple SIM card use. This downward trend is expected to be halted in 2018 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 a quarter of the market.

Chile’s broadband penetration is relatively high, and in terms of available broadband speeds the country ranks second highest in South and Central America. A number of operators compete in the broadband sector, though Movistar remains the market leader, followed by VTR Globalcom and Claro.

This report provides an overview of Chile’s telecom sector and regulatory environment, accompanied by statistical data and market analyses. It also reviews the broadband market, including profiles of the main players, market statistics, analyses, and forecasts. In addition the report assesses the mobile voice and broadband sectors, including market statistics, profiles of the mobile operators and subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

Four bids received for the 4,000km Fibra Optica Austral fibre network project;

Progress made with the South America Pacific Link (SAPL) submarine cable network;

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

Regulator concludes feasibility study on the Sino-Chile Cable system;

Movistar and Entel extend LTE-A capabilities;

WOM extends roaming agreement with Entel for LTE services;

Report includes the regulator’s market update to March 2017, telcos’ operating data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table Fixed-line broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
      • Table Evolution of GDP in Chile – 2000 - 2017
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Mobile and fixed-line subscribers – 2005 - 2018
      • Table Historic - Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers – 1997 - 2009
      • Table Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers – 2010 - 2017
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Investment by sector – 2009 - 2015
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
      • Subtel
      • Superintendency of Telecommunications
      • CNTV
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT FUND
    • FOREIGN INVESTMENT
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
    • NETWORK NEUTRALITY
    • DIGITAL AGENDA 2013-2020
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Local operators
        • Table Fixed lines in service – operators' market share – 2000 - 2017
        • Table Fixed-line local traffic (minutes and calls) –2000 - 2017
      • Long-distance operators
    • MOVISTAR (TELEFÓNICA CHILE)
      • Table Movistar – fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2017
    • VTR
      • Table VTR – fixed-lines subscribers – 2000 - 2017
    • GTD GROUP
      • Table GTD Group – fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2017
      • Telefónica del Sur (Telsur)
    • ENTEL CHILE
      • Table Entel – fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2017
      • Table Entel Chile financial data – 2014 - 2017
    • CLARO CHILE (FORMERLY TELMEX)
      • Table Claro – fixed lines in service – 2006 - 2017
      • Table Claro revenue by platform – 2012 - 2017
  • 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 – 2018
    • VOIP
    • DIGITAL ECONOMY
      • E-government
      • E-commerce
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
        • Table International bandwidth – 2000 - 2016
    • WHOLESALE
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and user penetration – 1996 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and user penetration – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2009
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Fixed broadband technologies by market share of subscribers – 2001 - 2017
        • Table Dial-up traffic (minutes and sessions) –2000 - 2017
        • Table Fixed broadband connections by data speed – 2001 - 2017
        • Table Fixed broadband operators' market share of subscribers – 2007 - 2017
        • Table Mobile and fixed-line internet subscribers – 2009 - 2017
      • Forecasts – fixed broadband market – 2018; 2020; 2022
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2018
      • VTR
        • Table VTR – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2017
        • Table VTR Group financial data – 2011 - 2017
      • Claro
        • Table Claro – broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2017
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers and penetration rates – 2001 - 2018
      • Entel
        • Table Entel broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2017
      • Movistar
        • Table Movistar – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2017
        • Table GTD Group – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2017
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Fibre broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2018
      • Table Movistar fibre broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2017
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • WiMAX
        • Table WiMAX subscribers – 2009 - 2018
      • Satellite broadband
    • COMPETITION ISSUES
      • Network Neutrality Law
      • Minimum access speeds
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Mobile network traffic – 2000 - 2017
        • Table Historic - Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2010 - 2017
        • Table Mobile market share by major operators – 2010 - 2017
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS messages sent, annual change – 2002 - 2017
        • 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 - 2017
        • Table Mobile broadband penetration by technology – 2009 - 2017
        • Table Mobile broadband market share by major players – 2013 - 2017
        • Table Mobile broadband market share by minor players– 2013 - 2017
        • Table Smartphones using mobile internet – 2013 - 2015
      • Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
        • 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 - 2015
        • 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 - 2017
      • Entel PCS
        • Table Entel PCS – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2017
        • Table Entel PCS – mobile broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2017
      • Movistar (Telefónica Móviles Chile)
        • Table Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2017
        • Table Movistar Chile mobile revenue – 2012 - 2017
        • Table Movistar Chile traffic by type – 2013 - 2017
        • Table Movistar Chile ARPU – 2013 - 2017
      • Claro Chile (América Móvil)
        • Table Claro – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2017
        • Table Claro mobile revenue – 2012 - 2017
      • WOM (Nextel Chile)
        • Table WOM – mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2017
      • VTR
        • Table VTR – mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2017
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
        • Table MVNO subscribers by operator – 2011 - 2017
        • Table Virgin Mobile mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2017
        • Table Falabella Móvil mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2017
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-payments
    • MACHINE-TO-MACHINE (M2M)
      • Table M2M connections via mobile broadband – 2013 - 2017
      • Table Movistar Chile M2M connections – 2014 - 2017

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