Chile - Mobile Market - Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

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, compete neck-and-neck with about 37% share each, while Claro accounts for about 22% market share with the half-dozen MVNOs taking the remaining 2%.

Mobile number portability has helped to increase competition and reduce prices, while the entry of MVNOs has also served to 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.

Claro launched Chile’s first LTE network in June 2013, soon joined by Movistar and Entel as competitors.

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 for the years 2015 and 2020.

Key developments:

NII Holding sells Nextel Chile; MTRs set to fall 73% over five years; regulator negotiates reduced roaming charges with Argentina and Peru; Entel launches LTE services; 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 conducts 700MHz auction; telcos’ financial and operating data to Q3 2014; regulator’s market to June 2014; recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report include:

Entel, Movistar, Claro, Nextel, VTR, GTD, Virgin Mobile, 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
    • 3.6 Roaming
  • 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 satellite
  • 10. Forecasts – mobile market – 2015; 2020
    • 10.1 Overview
    • 10.2 Scenario 1 – higher mobile market growth
    • 10.3 Scenario 2 – lower mobile market growth
    • 10.4 Notes on scenario forecasts
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2004
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 3 – Mobile network traffic – 2000 - 2015
  • Table 4 – Spectrum auction 700MHz band – February 2014
  • Table 5 – MTRs – 2006 - 2013
  • Table 6 – 2G subscribers – 2013 - 2014
  • Table 7 – 3G subscribers and penetration – 2006 - 2014
  • Table 8 – Operators’ 3G market share – 2009 - 2013
  • Table 9 – Fixed broadband versus 3G subscribers, market share – 2006 - 2013
  • Table 10 – 4G subscribers – 2013 - 2014
  • Table 11 – Mobile operators’ market share– 2000 - 2014
  • Table 12 – Entel PCS – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2014
  • Table 13 – Entel PCS – mobile broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2014
  • Table 14 – Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2014
  • Table 15 – Claro – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2014
  • Table 16 – Claro mobile revenue – 2012 - 2014
  • Table 17 – Nextel – mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 18 – VTR – mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2014
  • Table 19 – MVNO subscribers by operator – 2012 - 2014
  • Table 20 – Virgin Mobile – mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2014
  • Table 21 – Historic - Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 1999 - 2004
  • Table 22 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2005 - 2014
  • Table 23 – SMS messages sent – 2002 - 2014
  • Table 24 – Forecast mobile subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2013; 2015; 2020
  • Table 25 – Forecast mobile subscribers – lower growth scenario – 2013; 2015; 2020
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers – market evolution at a glance – 2005 – 2015
  • 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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