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

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

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Chile's mobile penetration is 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, a trend expected to have continued for the rest of the 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.

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. Intermodal portability was introduced in September 2016, which allows subscribers to port numbers between fixed and mobile networks.

All three MNOs had launched LTE networks by 2014, and since then a number of MVNOs have also launched services. 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 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 expecting to provide national coverage with LTE-A by March 2017; Nextel Chile sold to Novator Partners, and rebranded 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; report update includes the regulator's market data updates to June 2016, telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Entel, Movistar, Claro, Nextel, VTR, GTD, Virgin Mobile, Falabella.

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