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Chile - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Chile - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Chile proposes legal changes to facilitate telecom infrastructure builds

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: 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. 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.

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.

Fixed broadband penetration is relatively high for the region, with services among the fastest and least expensive in Latin America. There is effective market competition though VTR and Movistar dominate.

Chile has one of the highest mobile penetration rates in South America. Much of the steady growth in recent years can be ascribed to the extensive availability of LTE networks which has encouraged take-up to take advantage of mobile data services. Movistar and Entel remain the market leaders, with a similar market share, while Claro accounts for about a quarter of the market. WOM has rapidly increased its subscriber base, partly helped by roaming agreements with all three other network operators and partly by mobile number portability which has helped increase competition and reduce prices for consumers.

All three MNOs operate extensive LTE networks and during 2018 operators trialled 5G. The regulator has also adopted its National Plan for 5G aimed at developing a consensus on services and spectrum use.

This report provides an overview of Chile’s telecom sector and regulatory environment and includes a range of statistical data and market analyses. The report also covers the mobile sector including profiles of operators and the key MVNOs. It also reviews the fixed-line and fixed-wireless broadband segments, including profiles of the main players, market statistics, analyses, and subscriber forecasts.

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
Entel and Ericsson trial 5G;
Regulator proposes allocation changes in its National Spectrum Plan;
Regulator consults on a strategy to develop 5G;
Mobile roaming charges between Chile and Argentina to end from 2019;
Report includes the regulator’s market update to June 2018, telcos’ operating data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Chile - 2018 (e)
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
      • Table Evolution of GDP in Chile - 2000 - 2018
  • 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 - 2018
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecom market investment - 2009 - 2016
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
      • Subtel
      • Superintendency of Telecommunications
      • CNTV
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT FUND
    • 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 - 2018
        • Table Fixed-line local traffic (minutes and calls) - 2000 - 2018
      • Long-distance operators
    • MOVISTAR (TELEFÓNICA CHILE)
      • Table Movistar - fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2018
    • VTR
      • Table VTR - fixed-lines subscribers - 2000 - 2018
    • GTD GROUP
      • Table GTD Group - fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2018
      • Telefónica del Sur (Telsur)
    • ENTEL CHILE
      • Table Entel - fixed lines in service - 2000 - 2018
      • Table Entel Chile financial data - 2014 - 2018
    • CLARO CHILE (FORMERLY TELMEX)
      • Table Claro - fixed lines in service - 2006 - 2018
      • Table Claro revenue by platform - 2012 - 2018
  • 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 - 1998 - 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 - 2018
        • Table Dial-up traffic (minutes and sessions) - 2000 - 2017
        • Table Fixed broadband connections by data speed - 2007 - 2018
        • Table Fixed broadband operators' market share of subscribers - 2007 - 2018
        • Table Mobile and fixed-line internet subscribers - 2009 - 2018
      • Forecasts - fixed broadband market - 2019; 2021; 2023
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates - 2001 - 2018
      • VTR
        • Table VTR - broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2018
        • Table VTR Group financial data - 2011 - 2018
      • Claro
        • Table Claro - broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2018
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers and penetration rates - 2001 - 2018
      • Entel
        • Table Entel broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2018
      • Movistar
        • Table Movistar - broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2018
        • Table GTD Group - broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2018
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Fibre broadband subscribers - 2011 - 2018
      • Table Movistar fibre broadband subscribers - 2014 - 2018
    • 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 - 2018
        • Table Historic - Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 2010 - 2018
        • Table Mobile market share of subscribers by major operators - 2000 - 2018
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS messages sent, annual change - 2002 - 2018
        • Table MMS messages sent, annual change - 2010 - 2018
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband connections by platform - 2009 - 2018
        • Table Proportion of mobile broadband connections by technology - 2009 - 2018
        • Table Mobile broadband penetration by technology - 2009 - 2018
        • Table Mobile broadband market share by major players - 2013 - 2018
        • Table Mobile broadband market share by minor players- 2013 - 2018
        • Table Smartphones using mobile internet - 2013 - 2018
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2018
      • Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2019; 2022; 2023
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • 3G spectrum auctions
      • LTE spectrum auctions
        • Table Spectrum auction 700MHz band - February 2014
      • 5G spectrum plan
      • 3.5GH
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile number portings - 2012 - 2016
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table MTRs - 2014 - 2018
      • Mobile towers
      • Roaming
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
        • Table Movistar LTE subscribers and penetration - 2016 - 2018
        • Table Entel Chile LTE subscribers - 2017 - 2018
        • Table Active LTE subscribers - 2013 - 2018
      • 3G
        • Table 3G subscribers and penetration - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Operators' 3G market share - 2009 - 2015
      • 2G (GSM)
        • Table 2G subscribers - 2013 - 2015
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MOBILE NETWORK OPERATORS
      • Entel PCS
        • Table Entel PCS - mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2018
        • Table Entel PCS - mobile broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2018
      • Movistar (Telefónica Móviles Chile)
        • Table Movistar - mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2018
        • Table Movistar Chile mobile revenue - 2012 - 2018
        • Table Movistar Chile traffic by type - 2013 - 2018
        • Table Movistar Chile ARPU - 2013 - 2018
      • Claro Chile (América Móvil)
        • Table Claro - mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2018
        • Table Claro mobile revenue - 2012 - 2018
      • WOM (Nextel Chile)
        • Table WOM - mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2018
      • VTR
        • Table VTR - mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2018
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
        • Table MVNO subscribers by operator - 2011 - 2018
        • Table Virgin Mobile mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2018
        • Table Falabella Móvil mobile subscribers - 2013 - 2018
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-payments
    • MACHINE-TO-MACHINE (M2M)
      • Table M2M connections via mobile broadband - 2013 - 2018
      • Table Movistar Chile M2M connections - 2014 - 2018

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