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Chile - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

  • November 2015
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 81 pages

Chile’s Entel trialling mobile broadband at up to 250Mb/s
Chile’s telecom sector is among the most developed in Latin America, with the modern infrastructure supporting a range of services in the fixed-line, digital media 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 a popular target with both national and international investors.

Fixed-line 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. This has reduced demand for fixed-line infrastructure but led to a steady climb in the use of mobile voice and data services. The leading fixed-line operator remains the incumbent Telefónica Chile, trading as Movistar, while it faces increasing competition from VTR Globalcom, the GTD group, Entel, and Claro.

The Digital Agenda for 2013-2020 has 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.

Chile’s broadband penetration is relatively high for the region, with solid GDP providing sufficient disposable income for high-end telecom products. The population is also receptive to new technologies, so encouraging operators to develop services based on LTE and fibre-based broadband infrastructure. Broadband access in Chile is now among the fastest and least expensive in Latin America.

The pay TV market is also one of the most mature in the region, with penetration ranking third in South America after Argentina and Uruguay. By mid-2015 over half of all households subscribed to pay TV services.
In the mobile segment high penetration has resulted in slower growth in recent quarters. Movistar and Entel have a similar market share, while Claro accounts for about 24% of the market and a small number of MVNOs together have 3%. Mobile number portability has helped develop competition and reduce prices for consumers.

This report provides an overview of Chile’s telecom sector and regulatory environment, including a range of statistical data and market analyses. The report reviews the mobile market, with profiles of the major mobile operators and key MVNOs, market statistics, details on the deployment of emerging technologies, and scenario forecasts to 2020. It also overviews the internet, broadband and pay-TV sectors, including scenario forecasts.


Key developments:
RITEL rules come into play ending exclusivity in telcos offering services to apartments;
Industry lobby group Atelmo proposes $26 billion telecom investment program to 2024;
Telefónica planning mobile OTT service, launches satellite broadband service,
Government amends Telecommunications Act to provide minimum internet access speed;
Growing customer use of bundled services;
Entel trials LTE-A, providing mobile data at up to 250Mb/s;
Nextel Chile sold to Novator Partners, and rebrands as WOM;
MTRs to fall 73% over five years;
Regulator negotiates reduced roaming charges with Argentina and Peru;
Tower Act helps promote MVNOs and infrastructure sharing;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data updates to June 2015, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q3 2015, recent market developments.



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

Table Of Contents

Chile - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
1. Key statistics
1.1 Country overview
2. Telecommunications market
2.1 Historical overview
2.2 Market analysis
3. Regulatory environment
3.1 Historical overview
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 (NP)
3.7 Interconnect
3.8 Access
3.9 Network neutrality
3.10 Digital agenda 2013-2020
4. Competition issues
4.1 Network Neutrality Law
4.2 Minimum access speeds
5. Fixed network operators
5.1 Introduction
5.1.1 Local operators
5.1.2 Long-distance operators
5.2 Movistar (Telefónica Chile)
5.3 VTR
5.4 GTD Group
5.4.1 Telefónica del Sur (Telsur)
5.5 Entel Chile
5.6 Claro Chile (former Telmex)
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 Overview of the national telecom network
6.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
6.1.2 Public payphones
6.2 New developments
6.2.1 IP and voice over internet protocol (VoIP)
6.3 International infrastructure
6.3.1 Submarine cable networks
6.3.2 Satellite networks
6.4 Wholesale
7. Broadband market
7.1 Introduction and statistical overview
7.1.1 Forecasts fixed broadband market 2015; 2017; 2020
7.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
7.2.1 VTR
7.2.2 Claro
7.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
7.3.1 Entel
7.3.2 Movistar (Speedy)
7.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
7.5 Other fixed broadband services
7.5.1 WiMAX
7.5.2 Satellite broadband
8. Digital media
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Triple play models
8.3 Videostreaming
8.4 Social media
8.5 Pay TV
8.5.1 VTR Globalcom
8.5.2 Movistar (Telefónica Chile)
8.5.3 Claro (America Móvil)
8.5.4 DirecTV
8.6 Cable TV
8.7 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
8.8 Digital terrestrial TV
9. Digital economy
9.1 E-government
9.2 E-commerce
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Market analysis
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.2.1 General statistics
10.2.2 Mobile data
10.2.3 Mobile broadband
10.2.4 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2015; 2017; 2020
10.3 Regulatory issues
10.3.1 3G spectrum auctions
10.3.2 LTE spectrum auctions
10.3.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
10.3.4 Mobile Termination rates (MTRs)
10.3.5 Mobile towers
10.3.6 Roaming
10.4 Mobile infrastructure
10.4.1 Overview
10.4.2 Digital networks
10.4.3 Other infrastructure developments
10.5 Mobile network operators
10.5.1 Entel PCS
10.5.2 Movistar (Telefónica Móviles Chile)
10.5.3 Claro Chile (America Móvil)
10.5.4 WOM (Nextel Chile)
10.5.5 VTR
10.5.6 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
10.6 Mobile content and applications
10.6.1 M-payments
10.7 Mobile handsets
Table 1 Country statistics 2015 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2015 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2015 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Chile 2000 - 2015
Table 8 Mobile and fixed-line subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 9 Historic - Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 1997 - 2004
Table 10 Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 11 Communications GDP 2000 - 2013
Table 12 Investment, proportion by sector 2009 - 2014
Table 13 Mobile and fixed-line internet subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 14 Fixed lines in service operators' market share 2000 - 2015
Table 15 Fixed-line traffic (minutes and calls) 2000 - 2015
Table 16 Movistar fixed lines in service 2000 - 2015
Table 17 VTR fixed lines in service 2000 - 2015
Table 18 GTD Group fixed lines in service 2000 - 2015
Table 19 Entel fixed lines in service 2000 - 2015
Table 20 Entel Group financial data 2012 - 2015
Table 21 Claro fixed lines in service 2006 - 2015
Table 22 Claro revenue by platform 2012 - 2015
Table 23 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2004
Table 24 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2016
Table 25 Historic - Public phones 1996 - 2004
Table 26 Public phones 2005 - 2015
Table 27 International bandwidth 2000 - 2015
Table 28 Historic - Internet users and user penetration 1996 - 2004
Table 29 Internet users and user penetration 2005 - 2015
Table 30 Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2001 - 2004
Table 31 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2005 - 2015
Table 32 Fixed broadband technologies by market share of subscribers 2001 - 2015
Table 33 Dial-up traffic (minutes and sessions) 2000 - 2015
Table 34 Fixed broadband connections by data speed 2001 - 2015
Table 35 Fixed broadband operators' market share 2007 - 2015
Table 36 Forecast broadband subscribers 2015; 2017; 2020
Table 37 VTR broadband subscribers 2001 - 2015
Table 38 Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates 2001 - 2015
Table 39 Claro broadband subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 40 ADSL subscribers and penetration rates 2001 - 2015
Table 41 Movistar broadband subscribers 2001 - 2015
Table 42 GTD group broadband subscribers 2001 - 2015
Table 43 Fibre broadband subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 44 WiMAX subscribers and penetration rates 2009 - 2015
Table 45 Pay TV subscribers and penetration 2006 - 2015
Table 46 Pay TV technologies market share 2006 - 2015
Table 47 Pay TV operators market share of subscribers 2006 - 2015
Table 48 VTR pay TV subscribers by technology 2000 - 2015
Table 49 VTR Group financial data 2011 - 2015
Table 50 Movistar pay TV subscribers 2006 - 2015
Table 51 Claro pay TV subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 52 DirecTV pay TV subscribers 2006 - 2015
Table 53 Historic - Cable TV subscribers and penetration rates 1995 - 2004
Table 54 Cable TV subscribers and penetration rates 2005 - 2015
Table 55 Satellite TV subscribers 2006 - 2015
Table 56 E-commerce B2C sales 2005 - 2014
Table 57 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 - 2004
Table 58 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2016
Table 59 Mobile network traffic 2000 - 2015
Table 60 Historic - Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1999 - 2004
Table 61 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2005 - 2014
Table 62 SMS messages sent, annual change 2002 - 2015
Table 63 MMS messages sent, annual change 2010 - 2015
Table 64 Mobile broadband (3G) connections 2009 - 2015
Table 65 Proportion of mobile broadband connections by technology 2012 - 2015
Table 66 Mobile broadband market share by operator 2013 - 2015
Table 67 Forecast mobile subscribers 2015; 2017; 2020
Table 68 Spectrum auction 700MHz band February 2014
Table 69 MTRs 20014 - 2018
Table 70 2G subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 71 3G subscribers and penetration 2006 - 2015
Table 72 Operators' 3G market share 2009 - 2015
Table 73 4G subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 74 Mobile operators' market share 2000 - 2015
Table 75 Entel PCS mobile subscribers 2000 - 2015
Table 76 Entel PCS mobile broadband subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 77 Movistar mobile subscribers 2000 - 2015
Table 78 Movistar Chile mobile revenue 2012 - 2015
Table 79 Movistar Chile operating data 2013 - 2015
Table 80 Movistar Chile ARPU 2013 - 2015
Table 81 Claro mobile subscribers 2000 - 2015
Table 82 Claro mobile revenue 2012 - 2015
Table 83 WOM mobile subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 84 VTR mobile subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 85 MVNO subscribers by operator 2011 - 2015
Table 86 Virgin Mobile mobile subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 87 Falabella Móvil mobile subscribers 2013 - 2015
Chart 1 Fixed and mobile subscribers in Chile by market share 2005 - 2016
Chart 2 Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 2005 2016
Chart 3 Evolution of communications GDP in Chile 2003 - 2013
Chart 4 Evolution of fixed lines in service 2003 - 2016
Chart 5 Internet users and user penetration 2005 2015
Chart 6 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2005 2016
Chart 7 Fixed broadband technologies market share at a glance 2001 - 2015
Chart 8 Fixed broadband operators' market share at a glance 2001 - 2015
Chart 9 Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates 2001 2015
Chart 10 ADSL subscribers and penetration rates 2001 2015
Chart 11 Pay TV subscribers and penetration 2006 2015
Chart 12 Pay TV technologies - market share at a glance 2006 - 2015
Chart 13 Evolution of cable TV in Chile 2005 - 2015
Chart 14 Mobile subscribers market evolution at a glance 2005 2016
Exhibit 1 Map of Chile
Exhibit 2 Regions and primary zones in Chile
Exhibit 3 Local telephony operators number of zones of operation 2015
Exhibit 4 Telefónica Chile at a glance
Exhibit 5 VTR at 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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