2015 Chile - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

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Last updated: 23 Nov 2015 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 81

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Chile’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Convergence and Digital Media;
  • Mobile subscriber and ARPU forecasts;
  • Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2020.
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- November 2015 (14th Edition)

Executive Summary

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.

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