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Chile - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

  • December 2014
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 78 pages

Mobile broadband growth reducing consumer need for fixed-line telecoms
Chile's telecom sector is one of the most open and mature in Latin America, with full competition allowed in all areas, excellent infrastructure and a progressive regulatory system which encourages competition. The country's market-oriented economy has made it a popular target with both national and international investors.

A Digital Agenda for 2013-2020 has set out a roadmap for the development of Chile's ICT sector, including strategies and specific initiatives and goals to facilitate improved telecom access for all citizens. The country has also benefited from solid GDP growth during the last decade, with a decline recorded only in 2009 as the effects of the GFC were first felt. GDP per capita is among the highest in the region, which has translated into disposable income for telecom services.

Fixed-mobile substitution is particularly strong in Chile, with fixed-line teledensity slipping while mobile penetration continues to climb. The consumer trend to adopt mobile services for both voice calls and broadband is further reducing demand for fixed-line infrastructure.

The fixed-line services sector is dominated by the incumbent Telefonica Chile, trading as Movistar, while its main competitors are VTR Globalcom (wholly owned by Liberty Global), the GTD group, Entel, and Claro.

Broadband penetration is relatively high for the region. Competition in the market is intense, though given the dominance of the major players much of this competition is cross-platform. The pay TV market is also mature, with the third highest penetration in South America after Argentina and Uruguay. By mid-2014 almost half of all households subscribed to pay TV services.

Chile's mobile penetration is one of the highest in South America, and as a result growth has slowed considerably. Movistar and Entel are the market leaders, compete neck-and-neck with about 37% share each, while Claro accounts for about 22% market share and the half-dozen MVNOs take the remaining 2%. LTE services are offered by all three MNOs, which has stimulated the sale of smartphones as well as mobile data use among consumers.

Key developments:
NII Holding sells Nextel Chile; MTRs set to fall 73% over five years; regulator negotiates reduced roaming charges with Argentina and Peru; Entel launches LTE services; Chile's Tower Act helps promote MVNOs and infrastructure sharing; VTR closes down its wireless network to become solely an MVNO; Claro expands LTE service; regulator conducts 700MHz auction; Telefonica launches satellite broadband service, expands IPTV service to another four cities; broadband penetration broaches 13%; VTR bought out by Liberty Global; growing customer use of bundled services; Facebook penetration rate the highest in Latin America; report includes telcos' operating data to Q3 2014; regulator's June 2014 market update; recent market developments.

Companies and subsidiaries mentioned in this report include:
Entel Chile, Claro Chile, VTR, Nextel, GTD, Virgin Mobile, Falabella Movil, Movistar (Telefonica Chile), Globalcom, Telsur, GTD Manquehue, Telesat, Telcoy, DirecTV, CTR, CMET/Cable Central, Mundo Pacifico, TuVes HD

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year

Table Of Contents

Chile - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts
1. Key Statistics
1.1 Country overview
1.1.1 Economic background
2. Telecommunications Market
2.1 Overview of Chile's telecom market
2.2 Market analysis
3. Regulatory Environment
3.1 Background
3.2 Regulatory authorities
3.2.1 Subtel
3.2.2 Superintendency of Telecommunications
3.2.3 CNTV
3.3 Telecommunications Development Fund
3.4 Foreign investment
3.5 Tariffs
3.6 Number portability
3.7 Interconnect
3.8 Access
3.9 Network neutrality
3.10 Digital agenda 2013-2020
4. Fixed Network Operators
4.1 Overview of operators
4.1.1 Local operators
4.1.2 Long-distance operators
4.2 Movistar (Telefónica Chile)
4.3 VTR
4.4 GTD Group
4.4.1 Telefónica del Sur (Telsur)
4.5 Entel Chile
4.6 Claro Chile (former Telmex)
5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
5.1 National telecom network
5.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
5.1.2 Public payphones
5.2 International infrastructure
5.2.1 Submarine cable networks
5.2.2 Satellite networks
5.3 Infrastructure developments
5.3.1 IP and voice over internet protocol (VoIP)
5.4 Wholesale
6. Broadband Market
6.1 Overview
6.1.1 Fixed broadband statistics
6.1.2 Broadband market analysis
6.2 Regulatory issues
6.2.1 Network Neutrality Law
6.3 Broadband players
6.3.1 Overview
6.3.2 Movistar (Speedy)
6.3.3 VTR
6.3.4 Claro
6.3.5 GTD/Telsur/Telcoy
6.4 Cable modems
6.5 Asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL)
6.6 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
6.7 Wireless broadband
6.7.1 WiMAX
6.7.2 Satellite broadband
6.8 Mobile broadband
6.9 Media convergence
6.9.1 Overview of media convergence
6.9.2 Triple play models
6.9.3 Broadband TV (IPTV and TVoIP)
7. Digital Media / Digital Economy
7.1 Digital economy
7.1.1 E-government
7.1.2 E-commerce
7.2 Digital media
7.2.1 Broadcasting
8. Mobile Communications
8.1 Overview of Chile's mobile market
8.1.1 Mobile statistics
8.2 Regulatory issues
8.2.1 3G spectrum auctions
8.2.2 4G spectrum auctions
8.2.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
8.2.4 Mobile Termination rates (MTRs)
8.2.5 Mobile towers
8.2.6 Roaming
8.3 Mobile technologies
8.3.1 Overview
8.3.2 Second Generation (2G) mobile
8.3.3 Third Generation (3G) mobile
8.3.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
8.3.5 Mobile handsets/smartphones
8.4 Mobile network operators
8.4.1 Entel PCS
8.4.2 Movistar (Telefónica Móviles Chile)
8.4.3 Claro Chile (America Móvil)
8.4.4 Nextel Chile
8.4.5 VTR
8.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
8.5.1 Overview
8.5.2 GTD Móvil
8.5.3 Virgin Mobile Chile
8.5.4 Falabella Móvil
8.6 Mobile voice services
8.6.1 Prepaid
8.7 Mobile messaging
8.7.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
8.8 Mobile satellite
9. Forecasts
9.1 Forecasts fixed-line market 2015; 2020
9.1.1 Overview
9.1.2 Scenario 1 higher fixed-line growth
9.1.3 Scenario 2 lower fixed-line growth
9.2 Forecasts fixed broadband market 2015; 2020
9.2.1 Overview
9.2.2 Scenario 1 higher broadband growth
9.2.3 Scenario 2 lower broadband growth
9.3 Forecasts mobile market 2015; 2020
9.3.1 Overview
9.3.2 Scenario 1 higher mobile market growth
9.3.3 Scenario 2 lower mobile market growth
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
Table 14 Fixed lines in service operators' market share 2000 - 2014
Table 15 Fixed-line traffic (minutes and calls) 2000 - 2014
Table 16 Movistar fixed lines in service 2000 - 2014
Table 17 VTR fixed lines in service 2000 - 2014
Table 18 GTD Group fixed lines in service 2000 - 2014
Table 19 Entel fixed lines in service 2000 - 2014
Table 20 Entel Group financial data 2012 - 2014
Table 21 Claro fixed lines in service 2006 - 2014
Table 22 Claro revenue in service 2006 - 2014
Table 23 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2004
Table 24 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2014
Table 25 Historic - Public phones 1996 - 2004
Table 26 Public phones 2005 - 2013
Table 27 Historic - Internet users and user penetration 1996 - 2004
Table 28 Internet users and user penetration 2005 - 2015
Table 29 Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2001 - 2004
Table 30 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2005 - 2014
Table 31 Fixed broadband technologies by market share of subscribers 2001 - 2014
Table 32 Dial-up traffic (minutes and sessions) 2000 - 2014
Table 33 Fixed broadband connections by data speed 2001 - 2014
Table 34 Fixed broadband operators' market share 2007 - 2014
Table 35 Movistar broadband subscribers 2001 - 2014
Table 36 VTR broadband subscribers 2001 - 2014
Table 37 Claro broadband subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 38 GTD group broadband subscribers 2001 - 2014
Table 39 Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates 2001 - 2014
Table 40 ADSL subscribers and penetration rates 2001 - 2014
Table 41 WiMAX subscribers and penetration rates 2009 - 2014
Table 42 Mobile broadband (3G) connections 2009 - 2014
Table 43 Mobile broadband connections, penetration by technology 2009 - 2014
Table 44 Mobile broadband market share by operator 2013 - 2014
Table 45 E-commerce B2C sales 2005 - 2014
Table 46 Pay TV subscribers and penetration 2006 - 2014
Table 47 Pay TV technologies market share 2006 - 2014
Table 48 Pay TV operators market share 2006 - 2014
Table 49 VTR pay TV subscribers by technology 2000 - 2013
Table 50 VTR financial data 2011 - 2014
Table 51 Movistar pay TV subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 52 Claro pay TV subscribers 2010 - 2014
Table 53 DirecTV pay TV subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 54 Historic - Cable TV subscribers and penetration rates 1995 - 2004
Table 55 Cable TV subscribers and penetration rates 2005 - 2014
Table 56 Satellite TV subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 57 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 - 2004
Table 58 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 59 Mobile network traffic 2000 - 2015
Table 60 Spectrum auction 700MHz band February 2014
Table 61 MTRs 2006 - 2013
Table 62 2G subscribers 2013 - 2014
Table 63 3G subscribers and penetration 2006 - 2014
Table 64 Operators' 3G market share 2009 - 2013
Table 65 Fixed broadband versus 3G subscribers, market share 2006 - 2013
Table 66 4G subscribers 2013 - 2014
Table 67 Mobile operators' market share 2000 - 2014
Table 68 Entel PCS mobile subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 69 Entel PCS mobile broadband subscribers 2012 - 2014
Table 70 Movistar mobile subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 71 Claro mobile subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 72 Claro mobile revenue 2012 - 2014
Table 73 Nextel mobile subscribers 2008 - 2014
Table 74 VTR mobile subscribers 2012 - 2014
Table 75 MVNO subscribers by operator 2012 - 2014
Table 76 Virgin Mobile mobile subscribers 2012 - 2014
Table 77 Historic - Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1999 - 2004
Table 78 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2005 - 2014
Table 79 SMS messages sent 2002 - 2014
Table 80 Forecast fixed lines higher growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020
Table 81 Forecast fixed lines lower growth scenario 2015; 2020
Table 82 Forecast broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020
Table 83 Forecast broadband subscribers lower growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020
Table 84 Forecast mobile subscribers higher growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020
Table 85 Forecast mobile subscribers lower growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020
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
Chart 4 Evolution of fixed lines in service 2003 - 2014
Chart 5 Internet users and user penetration 2005 2015
Chart 6 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2005 2014
Chart 7 Fixed broadband technologies market share at a glance 2001 - 2014
Chart 8 Fixed broadband operators' market share at a glance 2001 - 2014
Chart 9 Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates 2001 2014
Chart 10 ADSL subscribers and penetration rates 2001 2014
Chart 11 Pay TV subscribers and penetration 2006 2014
Chart 12 Pay TV technologies - market share at a glance 2006 - 2014
Chart 13 Evolution of cable TV in Chile 2005 - 2014
Chart 14 Mobile subscribers market evolution at a glance 2005 2015
Exhibit 1 Map of Chile
Exhibit 2 Regions and primary zones in Chile
Exhibit 3 Local telephony operators number of zones of operation 2014
Exhibit 4 Telefónica Chile at a glance
Exhibit 5 VTRat a glance
Exhibit 6 GTD Group at a glance
Exhibit 7 Entel Chile at a glance
Exhibit 8 Claro at a glance
Exhibit 9 Entel PCS at a glance
Exhibit 10 Telefónica Móviles Chile at a glance
Exhibit 11 Claro Chile at a glance

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