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

Synopsis

Chile has one of the highest mobile penetration rates in South America. The number of subscribers has fluctuated seasonally in recent years though the overall trend has been stable. In the year to June 2018 the subscriber base increased 5.5%, despite the prevalence of lower use of multiple SIM cards. Much of the growth can be ascribed to the extensive availability of LTE networks which has encouraged take-up to take advantage of mobile data services.

Movistar and Entel remain the market leaders, with a similar market share, while Claro accounts for about a quarter of the market. Nextel Chile was sold in mid-2014 by NII Holdings and rebranded as WOM in 2015. The company has rapidly increased its subscriber base, partly helped by roaming agreements with all three other network operators.

There is a small number of MVNOs in the market, which together have only a minor share of subscribers. New entrants include Virgin Mobile, which has a presence in several other markets in the region.

Mobile number portability has helped to increase competition and reduce prices for consumers. Intermodal portability was introduced in September 2016, which allows subscribers to port numbers between fixed and mobile networks.

All three MNOs had launched LTE networks by 2014, and during 2018 operators trialled 5G. The regulator has also adopted its National Plan for 5G aimed at developing a consensus on services and spectrum use. 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 near comprehensive LTE population coverage, as well as by the reduction in the price of devices.

This report provides an overview of the mobile sector in Chile, including market statistics and profiles of mobile operators and key MVNOs. It also contains subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

  • Entel and Ericsson trial 5G;
  • Regulator proposes allocation changes in its National Spectrum Plan;
  • WOM challenges 700MHz spectrum allocations;
  • Regulator consults on a strategy to develop 5G;
  • Mobile roaming charges between Chile and Argentina to end from 2019;
  • Movistar and Entel extend LTE-A capabilities;
  • Regulator renews Telcordia’s contract to administer MNP;
  • WOM extends roaming agreement with Entel for LTE services;
  • MTRs set to fall 73% over five years;
  • Chile’s Tower Act helps promote MVNOs and infrastructure sharing;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data updates to June 2018, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q3 2018, 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 voice
    • 3.3 Mobile data
      • 3.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS) and Multi Media Service (MMS)
    • 3.4 Mobile broadband
    • 3.5 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2022; 2023
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 3G spectrum auctions
    • 4.2 LTE spectrum auctions
    • 4.3 5G spectrum plan
    • 4.4 3.5GH
    • 4.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 4.6 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • 4.7 Mobile towers
    • 4.8 Roaming
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1 5G
    • 5.2 4G (LTE)
    • 5.3 3G
    • 5.4 2G (GSM)
    • 5.5 Other infrastructure developments
      • 5.5.1 Mobile satellite
      • 5.5.2 Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT)
  • 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 GTD Móvil
      • 6.6.2 Virgin Mobile Chile
      • 6.6.3 Falabella Móvil
  • 7. Mobile content and applications
    • 7.1 M-payments
  • 8. Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 3 – Mobile network traffic – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 4 – Historic - Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 5 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 6 – Mobile market share of subscribers by major operators – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 7 – SMS messages sent, annual change – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 8 – MMS messages sent, annual change – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 9 – Mobile broadband connections by platform – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 10 – Proportion of mobile broadband connections by technology – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 11 – Mobile broadband penetration by technology – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Mobile broadband market share by major players – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 13 – Mobile broadband market share by minor players– 2013 - 2018
  • Table 14 –Smartphones using mobile internet – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 15 –Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 16 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 17 – Spectrum auction 700MHz band – February 2014
  • Table 18 – Annual mobile number portings – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 19 – MTRs – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 20 – Movistar LTE subscribers and penetration – 2016 - 2018
  • Table 21 – Entel Chile LTE subscribers – 2017 - 2018
  • Table 22 – Active LTE subscribers – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 23 – 3G subscribers and penetration – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 24 – Operators’ 3G market share – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 25 – 2G subscribers – 2013 - 2015
  • Table 26 – Entel PCS – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 27 – Entel PCS – mobile broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 28 – Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 29 – Movistar Chile mobile revenue – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 30 – Movistar Chile traffic by type – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 31 – Movistar Chile ARPU – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 32 – Claro – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 33 – Claro mobile revenue – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 34 – WOM – mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 35 – VTR – mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 36 – MVNO subscribers by operator – 2011 - 2018
  • Table 37 – Virgin Mobile mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 38 – Falabella Móvil mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 39 –M2M connections via mobile broadband – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 40 – Movistar Chile M2M connections – 2014 - 2018
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers – market evolution at a glance – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Mobile market share of subscribers by major operators – 2000 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Mobile broadband by platform connections – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Proportion of mobile broadband connections by technology – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Mobile broadband penetration by technology – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 6 –Smartphones using mobile internet – 2013 – 2018

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