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

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

Chilean government progresses with 3,000km Fibra Optica Austral fibre network
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.

Chile’s fixed-line teledensity remains below the South American average, despite the country’s relatively high GDP per capita and the healthy investment environment. 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, which is reducing demand for fixed-line infrastructure but leading to a steady climb in the use of mobile voice and data services.

The incumbent telco Telefónica Chile, trading as Movistar, has effective competition from VTR Globalcom, the GTD Group, Entel, and Claro. VTR is the leading provider of cable TV and cable broadband, and the second largest provider of local telephony. The GTD Group operates through seven subsidiaries, including GTD Manquehue, GTD Telesat, and Telsur, which provide voice, data, and video services for residential and business customers. Entel offers fixed-line services primarily to the wholesale and corporate segments.

Chile’s broadband penetration is relatively high for the region, and broadband services are among the fastest and least expensive in Latin America. In terms of both broadband penetration and broadband speed, Chile ranks second in South and Central America after Uruguay.

Mobile penetration is also 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, 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.

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 Chile’s telecom sector and regulatory environment. It includes a range of statistical data and market analyses. The report also reviews the mobile market and includes scenario forecasts to 2021. In addition, the report analyses the internet, broadband, and pay-TV markets, including profiles of the main players, market statistics and broadband scenario forecasts to 2021.

Key developments:

Government progresses with 3,000km Fibra Optica Austral fibre network;
Industry lobby group Atelmo proposes $26 billion investment program to 2024 to increase reach of LTE and fibre-based broadband networks;
Silica Networks signs agreement with REFSA Telecomunicaciones to build a 15,000km fibre network linking Argentina, Brazil and Chile;
Intermodal number portability introduced;
Telefónica extends Movistar Play service, launches satellite broadband service, expands videostreaming;
Government amends Telecommunications Act to provide minimum internet access speed;
Movistar and Entel launch LTE services using the 700MHz band;
Entel expecting to provide national coverage with LTE-A by March 2017;
Nextel Chile sold to Novator Partners, and rebranded as WOM;
Tower Act helps promote MVNOs and infrastructure sharing;
Report includes the regulator’s market data update to June 2016, telco’s financial and operating data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.


Companies mentioned in this report:

Movistar (Telefónica Chile), VTR Globalcom, GTD Group (including Telsur, GTD Manquehue, Telesat, Telcoy, GTD Internet), Entel Chile, Claro Chile, Nextel, Virgin Mobile, Falabella, 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. Fixed network operators
4.1 Introduction
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 (formerly Telmex)
5. Telecommunications infrastructure
5.1 Overview of the national telecom network
5.1.1 Public payphones
5.2 International infrastructure
5.2.1 Submarine cable networks
5.2.2 Satellite networks
5.3 Wholesale
6. Broadband market
6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
6.1.1 Forecasts fixed broadband market 2016; 2018; 2021
6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
6.2.1 VTR
6.2.2 Claro
6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
6.3.1 Entel
6.3.2 Movistar (Speedy)
6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
6.5 Other fixed broadband services
6.5.1 WiMAX
6.5.2 Satellite broadband
6.6 Competition issues
6.6.1 Network Neutrality Law
6.6.2 Minimum access speeds
7. Digital media
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Bundled services
7.3 Videostreaming
7.4 Pay TV
7.4.1 VTR Globalcom
7.4.2 Movistar (Telefónica Chile)
7.4.3 Claro (America Móvil)
7.4.4 DirecTV
7.5 Cable TV
7.6 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
7.7 Digital terrestrial TV
7.8 Communications: VoIP
8. Digital economy
8.1 E-government
8.2 E-commerce
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.2.1 General statistics
9.2.2 Mobile data
9.2.3 Mobile broadband
9.2.4 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
9.3 Regulatory issues
9.3.1 3G spectrum auctions
9.3.2 LTE spectrum auctions
9.3.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
9.3.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
9.3.5 Mobile towers
9.3.6 Roaming
9.4 Mobile infrastructure
9.4.1 Digital networks
9.4.2 Other infrastructure developments
9.5 Mobile network operators
9.5.1 Entel PCS
9.5.2 Movistar (Telefónica Móviles Chile)
9.5.3 Claro Chile (America Móvil)
9.5.4 WOM (Nextel Chile)
9.5.5 VTR
9.5.6 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
9.6 Mobile content and applications
9.6.1 M-payments
9.7 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
9.8 Mobile handsets
Table 1 Country statistics 2016 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2016 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2016 (e)
Table 4 Fixed-line broadband statistics 2016 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Mobile and fixed-line subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 8 Historic - Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 1997 - 2009
Table 9 Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 10 Investment by sector 2009 - 2015
Table 11 Fixed lines in service operators' market share 2000 - 2016
Table 12 Fixed-line local traffic (minutes and calls) 2000 - 2016
Table 13 Movistar fixed lines in service 2000 - 2016
Table 14 VTR fixed-lines subscribers 2000 - 2016
Table 15 GTD Group fixed lines in service 2000 - 2016
Table 16 Entel fixed lines in service 2000 - 2016
Table 17 Entel Chile financial data (US$) 2013 - 2016
Table 18 Claro fixed lines in service 2006 - 2016
Table 19 Claro revenue by platform 2012 - 2016
Table 20 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2009
Table 21 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2017
Table 22 Historic - Public phones 1996 - 2004
Table 23 Public phones 2005 - 2015
Table 24 International bandwidth 2000 - 2015
Table 25 Historic - Internet users and user penetration 1996 - 2009
Table 26 Internet users and user penetration 2010 - 2017
Table 27 Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2001 - 2009
Table 28 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2010 - 2017
Table 29 Fixed broadband technologies by market share of subscribers 2001 - 2016
Table 30 Dial-up traffic (minutes and sessions) 2000 - 2016
Table 31 Fixed broadband connections by data speed 2001 - 2016
Table 32 Fixed broadband operators' market share of subscribers 2007 - 2016
Table 33 Mobile and fixed-line internet subscribers 2009 - 2016
Table 34 Forecast broadband subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 35 Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates 2001 - 2017
Table 36 VTR broadband subscribers 2001 - 2016
Table 37 Claro broadband subscribers 2007 - 2016
Table 38 DSL subscribers and penetration rates 2001 - 2017
Table 39 Movistar broadband subscribers 2001 - 2016
Table 40 GTD Group broadband subscribers 2001 - 2016
Table 41 Fibre broadband subscribers 2011 - 2017
Table 42 WiMAX subscribers and penetration rates 2009 - 2017
Table 43 Pay TV subscribers and penetration 2006 - 2016
Table 44 Pay TV market share by technology 2006 - 2016
Table 45 Pay TV operators market share of subscribers 2006 - 2016
Table 46 VTR pay TV subscribers by technology 2000 - 2016
Table 47 VTR Group financial data 2011 - 2016
Table 48 Movistar pay TV subscribers 2006 - 2016
Table 49 Claro pay TV subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 50 DirecTV pay TV subscribers 2006 - 2016
Table 51 Historic - Cable TV subscribers and penetration rates 1995 - 2009
Table 52 Cable TV subscribers and penetration rates 2010 - 2017
Table 53 Satellite TV subscribers 2006 - 2017
Table 54 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 - 2009
Table 55 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2017
Table 56 Mobile network traffic 2000 - 2016
Table 57 Historic - Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 1999 - 2009
Table 58 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2010 - 2016
Table 59 SMS messages sent, annual change 2002 - 2016
Table 60 MMS messages sent, annual change 2010 - 2016
Table 61 Mobile broadband connections by platform 2009 - 2016
Table 62 Proportion of mobile broadband connections by technology 2012 - 2016
Table 63 Mobile broadband penetration by technology 2009 - 2016
Table 64 Mobile broadband market share by major players 2013 - 2016
Table 65 Mobile broadband market share by minor players 2013 - 2016
Table 66 Forecast mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 67 Spectrum auction 700MHz band February 2014
Table 68 MTRs 2014 - 2018
Table 69 2G subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 70 3G subscribers and penetration 2006 - 2016
Table 71 Operators' 3G market share 2009 - 2015
Table 72 Active LTE subscribers 2013 - 2016
Table 73 Mobile operators' market share 2000 - 2016
Table 74 Entel PCS mobile subscribers 2000 - 2016
Table 75 Entel PCS mobile broadband subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 76 Movistar mobile subscribers 2000 - 2016
Table 77 Movistar Chile mobile revenue 2012 - 2016
Table 78 Movistar Chile traffic by type 2013 - 2016
Table 79 Movistar Chile annualised ARPU 2013 - 2016
Table 80 Claro mobile subscribers 2000 - 2016
Table 81 Claro mobile revenue 2012 - 2016
Table 82 WOM mobile subscribers 2008 - 2016
Table 83 VTR mobile subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 84 MVNO subscribers by operator 2011 - 2016
Table 85 Virgin Mobile mobile subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 86 Falabella Móvil mobile subscribers 2013 - 2016
Table 87 M2M connections via mobile broadband 2013 - 2016
Table 88 Movistar Chile M2M connections 2014 - 2016
Table 89 Smartphones using mobile internet 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 fixed lines in service 2003 - 2017
Chart 4 Internet users and user penetration 2005 2017
Chart 5 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2005 2017
Chart 6 Fixed broadband technologies market share at a glance 2001 - 2016
Chart 7 Fixed broadband operators' market share of subscribers 2001 - 2016
Chart 8 Cable modem subscribers and penetration rates 2001 2017
Chart 9 DSL subscribers and penetration rates 2001 2017
Chart 10 Pay TV subscribers and penetration 2006 2016
Chart 11 Pay TV market share by technology 2006 - 2016
Chart 12 Evolution of cable TV in Chile 2005 - 2017
Chart 13 Mobile subscribers market evolution at a glance 2005 2017
Chart 14 Mobile broadband by platform connections 2009 2016
Chart 15 Proportion of mobile broadband connections by technology 2012 2016
Exhibit 1 Regions and primary zones in Chile
Exhibit 2 Local telephony operators number of zones of operation 2016
Exhibit 3 Telefónica Chile at a glance
Exhibit 4 VTR at a glance
Exhibit 5 GTD Group at a glance
Exhibit 6 Entel Chile at a glance
Exhibit 7 Claro at a glance
Exhibit 8 Entel PCS at a glance
Exhibit 9 Telefónica Móviles Chile at a glance
Exhibit 10 Claro Chile at a glance

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