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Chile - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

  • May 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 25 pages

Chile's mobile penetration is among the highest in South America, and as a result growth has slowed considerably. In 2015 the subscriber base fell 2% year-on-year, though some recovery is anticipated further into 2016 and 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% of the market. There are a number of smaller MVNOs which together have 3% of the market.

Mobile number portability has helped to increase competition and reduce prices for consumers. Of the MVNOs, Falabella Movil and Virgin Mobile are the two largest, while Nextel Chile was sold in mid-2014 by NII Holdings, and rebranded as WOM in 2015.

All three MNOs had launched LTE networks by 2014, and since then a number of MVNOs have also launched services.

The sale of smartphones in increasing rapidly, 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 the mobile market in Chile, including and a profile of mobile operators and key MVNOs, market statistics and market analyses. It also contains scenario forecasts to 2021.


Key developments:
Movistar and Entel launch LTE services using the 700MHz band; regulator introduces a nine number dialling system for fixed and mobile lines; regulator renews Telcordia's contract to administer MNP; Entel trials LTE-A, providing mobile data at up to 250Mb/s; Nextel Chile sold to Novator Partners, and rebrands as WOM; Spanish bank BBVA launches a mobile wallet solution; MTRs set to fall 73% over five years; regulator negotiates reduced roaming charges with Argentina and Peru; Chile's Tower Act helps promote MVNOs and infrastructure sharing; regulator bans the sale of carrier-locked handsets, orders operators to unlock devices free of charge; VTR closes down its wireless network to become solely an MVNO; Claro expands LTE service; report update includes the regulator's market data updates to December 2015, telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2016, , recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:
Entel, Movistar, Claro, Nextel, VTR, GTD, Virgin Mobile, Falabella.

Table Of Contents

Chile - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile data
3.2.1 Short Message Service (SMS) and Multi Media Service (MMS)
3.3 Mobile broadband
3.4 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
3.5 Notes on scenario forecasts
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 3G spectrum auctions
4.2 LTE spectrum auctions
4.2.1 700MHz spectrum
4.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
4.5 Mobile towers
4.6 Roaming
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 GSM
5.1.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
5.1.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.2 Other infrastructure developments
5.2.1 Mobile satellite
6. Mobile network operators
6.1 Entel PCS
6.2 Movistar (Telefónica Móviles Chile)
6.3 Claro Chile (America Móvil)
6.4 WOM (Nextel Chile)
6.5 VTR
6.6 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
6.6.1 GTD Móvil
6.6.2 Virgin Mobile Chile
6.6.3 Falabella Móvil
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 M-payments
8. Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
9. Mobile handsets
10. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 - 2009
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2017
Table 3 Mobile network traffic 2000 - 2015
Table 4 Historic - Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1999 - 2009
Table 5 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2010 - 2015
Table 6 SMS messages sent, annual change 2002 - 2015
Table 7 MMS messages sent, annual change 2010 - 2015
Table 8 Mobile broadband by platform connections 2009 - 2016
Table 9 Proportion of mobile broadband connections by technology 2012 - 2015
Table 10 Mobile broadband penetration by technology 2009 - 2015
Table 11 Mobile broadband market share by operator 2013 - 2015
Table 12 Forecast mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 13 Spectrum auction 700MHz band February 2014
Table 14 MTRs 20014 - 2018
Table 15 2G subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 16 3G subscribers and penetration 2006 - 2015
Table 17 Operators' 3G market share 2009 - 2015
Table 18 Active LTE subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 19 Mobile operators' market share 2000 - 2015
Table 20 Entel PCS mobile subscribers 2000 - 2016
Table 21 Entel PCS mobile broadband subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 22 Movistar mobile subscribers 2000 - 2016
Table 23 Movistar Chile mobile revenue 2012 - 2016
Table 24 Movistar Chile operating data 2013 - 2016
Table 25 Movistar Chile ARPU 2013 - 2016
Table 26 Claro mobile subscribers 2000 - 2016
Table 27 Claro mobile revenue 2012 - 2016
Table 28 WOM mobile subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 29 VTR mobile subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 30 MVNO subscribers by operator 2011 - 2015
Table 31 Virgin Mobile mobile subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 32 Falabella Móvil mobile subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 33 M2M connections via mobile broadband 2013 - 2015
Table 34 Movistar Chile M2M connections 2014 - 2016
Table 35 Smartphones using mobile internet 2013 - 2015
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers market evolution at a glance 2005 2017
Chart 2 Mobile broadband by platform connections 2009 2016
Chart 3 Proportion of mobile broadband connections by technology 2012 2015
Exhibit 1 Entel PCS at a glance
Exhibit 2 Telefónica Móviles Chile at a glance
Exhibit 3 Claro Chile at a glance

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