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

Synopsis

Chile’s mobile penetration is among the highest in South America, and as a result growth has slowed considerably. In 2015 the subscriber base fell 2% year-on-year, though some recovery is anticipated further into 2016 and 2017 as the availability of LTE networks and services widens. Movistar and Entel remain the market leaders, with a similar market share, while Claro accounts for about 23% 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, and rebranded as WOM in 2015.

All three MNOs had launched LTE networks by 2014, and since then a number of MVNOs have also launched services.

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 2021.

Key developments:

Movistar and Entel launch LTE services using the 700MHz band; regulator introduces a nine number dialling system for fixed and mobile lines; regulator renews Telcordia’s contract to administer MNP; 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; 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; report update includes the regulator’s market data updates to December 2015, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2016, , 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 – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • 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 Digital networks
      • 5.1.1 GSM
      • 5.1.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
      • 5.1.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 5.2 Other infrastructure developments
      • 5.2.1 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 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. Mobile handsets
  • 10. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 3 – Mobile network traffic – 2000 - 2015
  • Table 4 – Historic - Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 5 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 6 – SMS messages sent, annual change – 2002 - 2015
  • Table 7 – MMS messages sent, annual change – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 8 – Mobile broadband by platform connections – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Proportion of mobile broadband connections by technology – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 10 – Mobile broadband penetration by technology – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 11 – Mobile broadband market share by operator – 2013 - 2015
  • Table 12 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
  • Table 13 – Spectrum auction 700MHz band – February 2014
  • Table 14 – MTRs – 20014 - 2018
  • Table 15 – 2G subscribers – 2013 - 2015
  • Table 16 – 3G subscribers and penetration – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 17 – Operators’ 3G market share – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 18 – Active LTE subscribers – 2013 - 2015
  • Table 19 – Mobile operators’ market share– 2000 - 2015
  • Table 20 – Entel PCS – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 21 – Entel PCS – mobile broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 22 – Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 23 – Movistar Chile mobile revenue – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 24 – Movistar Chile operating data – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 25 – Movistar Chile ARPU – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 26 – Claro – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 27 – Claro mobile revenue – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 28 – WOM – mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2015
  • Table 29 – VTR – mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 30 – MVNO subscribers by operator – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 31 – Virgin Mobile mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 32 – Falabella Móvil mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2015
  • Table 33 –M2M connections via mobile broadband – 2013 - 2015
  • Table 34 – Movistar Chile M2M connections – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 35 –Smartphones using mobile internet – 2013 - 2015
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers – market evolution at a glance – 2005 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – Mobile broadband by platform connections – 2009 – 2016
  • Chart 3 – Proportion of mobile broadband connections by technology – 2012 – 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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