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Chile - Mobile Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

Synopsis

Chile’s mobile penetration is one of the highest in South America but lagging slightly behind Uruguay and Argentina. Mobile growth, however, has slowed down considerably – it even turned negative in the first quarter of 2013, which may indicate that the market has reached saturation. Movistar and Entel compete neck-and-neck with a 37% share each, Claro accounts for 25%, and a few new entrants and MVNOs share the remaining 1%.

Mobile number portability has helped to increase competition and reduce prices. Four new entrants have joined the mobile market, with a fifth one expected to begin operations in the second half of 2013. The four are Nextel Chile, VTR, GTD, and Virgin Mobile. Nextel and VTR have launched 3G networks, while GTD and Virgin Mobile are offering Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) services. The fifth, local retail giant Falabella, is preparing to enter the MVNO market.

Claro launched Chile’s first 4G/LTE network in June 2013. Under the terms of their licence, Movistar and Entel had until early 2014 to launch 4G services.

Smartphone sales are soaring in Chile, driven by the popularity of social media and improved 3G coverage – as well as diminishing prices and a wider range of devices.

Accompanied by key market statistics and analyses, this report provides an overview of the market and a brief profile of mobile operators. It also contains scenario forecasts for the years 2015 and 2020.

Key developments:

MTRs set to fall 73% over five years; Entel launches an LTE network ahead of the deadline; new MTR rates come into force; 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; regulator preps for 700MHz auction in early 2014, consumer group calls for auction delay; telcos’ financial and operating data to Q4 2013; regulator’s market to December 2013; market developments to April 2014.

Companies covered in this report include:

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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Overview of Chile’s mobile market
    • 2.1 Mobile statistics
  • 3. Regulatory issues
    • 3.1 3G spectrum auctions
    • 3.2 4G spectrum auctions
      • 3.2.1 700MHz spectrum
    • 3.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 3.4 Mobile Termination rates (MTRs)
    • 3.5 Mobile towers
  • 4. Mobile technologies
    • 4.1 Overview
    • 4.2 Second Generation (2G) mobile
    • 4.3 Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • 4.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 4.5 Mobile handsets/smartphones
  • 5. Mobile network operators
    • 5.1 Entel PCS
    • 5.2 Movistar (Telefónica Móviles Chile)
    • 5.3 Claro Chile (América Móvil)
    • 5.4 Nextel Chile
    • 5.5 VTR
  • 6. Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • 6.1 Overview
    • 6.2 GTD Móvil
    • 6.3 Virgin Mobile Chile
    • 6.4 Falabella Móvil
  • 7. Mobile voice services
    • 7.1 Prepaid
  • 8. Mobile messaging
    • 8.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
  • 9. Mobile broadband
  • 10. Mobile satellite
  • 11. Forecasts – mobile market – 2015; 2020
    • 11.1 Overview
    • 11.2 Scenario 1 – higher mobile market growth
    • 11.3 Scenario 2 – lower mobile market growth
    • 11.4 Notes on scenario forecasts
  • 12. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2004
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2014
  • Table 3 – Mobile ARPU in Chile – major operators – 2009 - 2012
  • Table 4 – Mobile network traffic – 2000 - 2015
  • Table 5 – Spectrum auction 700MHz band – February 2014
  • Table 6 – 3G subscribers and penetration – 2006 - 2013
  • Table 7 – Operators’ 3G market share – 2009 - 2013
  • Table 8 – Fixed broadband versus 3G subscribers – 2006 - 2013
  • Table 9 – Mobile operators’ market share– 2000 - 2013
  • Table 10 – Entel PCS – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2013
  • Table 11 – Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2013
  • Table 12 – Claro – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2013
  • Table 13 – Nextel – mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2013
  • Table 14 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 1999 - 2013
  • Table 15 – SMS messages sent – 2002 - 2013
  • Table 16 – Mobile broadband (3G) connections – 2009 - 2013
  • Table 17 – Forecast mobile subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2015; 2020
  • Table 18 – Forecast mobile subscribers – lower growth scenario – 2015; 2020
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers – market evolution at a glance – 2005 - 2014
  • Chart 2 – Evolution of mobile ARPU – 2009 - 2012
  • 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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