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

Synopsis

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 with a similar market share, while Claro accounts for about 24% 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.

All three MNOs had launched LTE networks by 2014, and in late 2015 trials provided data at up to 2050Mb/s.

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 2020.

Key developments:

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; regulator begins 700MHz spectrum allocation process; 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; telcos’ financial and operating data to Q3 2015; regulator’s market data updates to June 2015; recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table of Contents

  • 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 – 2015; 2017; 2020
    • 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 Overview
    • 5.2 Digital networks
      • 5.2.1 GSM
      • 5.2.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
      • 5.2.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 5.3 Other infrastructure developments
      • 5.3.1 Mobile satellite
  • 6. Mobile network operators
    • 6.1 Entel PCS
    • 6.2 Movistar (Telefónica Móviles Chile)
    • 6.3 Claro Chile (América Móvil)
    • 6.4 WOM (Nextel Chile)
    • 6.5 VTR
    • 6.6 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
      • 6.6.1 Overview
      • 6.6.2 GTD Móvil
      • 6.6.3 Virgin Mobile Chile
      • 6.6.4 Falabella Móvil
  • 7. Mobile content and applications
    • 7.1 M-payments
  • 8. Mobile handsets
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2004
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 3 – Mobile network traffic – 2000 - 2015
  • Table 4 – Historic - Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 1999 - 2004
  • Table 5 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2005 - 2014
  • Table 6 – SMS messages sent, annual change – 2002 - 2015
  • Table 7 – MMS messages sent, annual change – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 8 – Mobile broadband (3G) connections – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 9 – Proportion of mobile broadband connections by technology – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 10 – Mobile broadband market share by operator – 2013 - 2015
  • Table 11 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2015; 2017; 2020
  • Table 12 – Spectrum auction 700MHz band – February 2014
  • Table 13 – MTRs – 20014 - 2018
  • Table 14 – 2G subscribers – 2013 - 2015
  • Table 15 – 3G subscribers and penetration – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 16 – Operators’ 3G market share – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 17 – 4G subscribers – 2013 - 2015
  • Table 18 – Mobile operators’ market share– 2000 - 2015
  • Table 19 – Entel PCS – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2015
  • Table 20 – Entel PCS – mobile broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 21 – Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2015
  • Table 22 – Movistar Chile mobile revenue – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 23 – Movistar Chile operating data – 2013 - 2015
  • Table 24 – Movistar Chile ARPU – 2013 - 2015
  • Table 25 – Claro – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2015
  • Table 26 – Claro mobile revenue – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 27 – WOM – mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2015
  • Table 28 – VTR – mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 29 – MVNO subscribers by operator – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 30 – Virgin Mobile mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 31 – Falabella Móvil mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2015
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers – market evolution at a glance – 2005 – 2016
  • 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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