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 fallen in recent quarters in line with subscribers ending multiple SIM card use. In the first quarter of 2017 the subscriber base fell 2.6% year-on-year, a trend expected to have continued for the rest of the year though some recovery is anticipated into 2018 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 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 growing number of MVNOs, which together have 3% of the market. New entrants include Virgin Mobile, which has a presence in a number of other markets in the region, as well as Vodafone.

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 since then a number of MVNOs have also launched services. 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 3G and 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:

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; regulator negotiates reduced roaming charges with Argentina and Peru; Chile’s Tower Act helps promote MVNOs and infrastructure sharing; VTR closes down its wireless network to become solely an MVNO; report update includes the regulator’s market data updates to September 2017, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q4 2017, 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 – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 3G spectrum auctions
    • 4.2 LTE spectrum auctions
    • 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
      • 5.2.2 Narrowband 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 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Historic - Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 5 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 6 – Mobile market share by major operators – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 7 – SMS messages sent, annual change – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 8 – MMS messages sent, annual change – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Mobile broadband connections by platform – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Proportion of mobile broadband connections by technology – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Mobile broadband penetration by technology – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Mobile broadband market share by major players – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Mobile broadband market share by minor players– 2013 - 2017
  • Table 14 –Smartphones using mobile internet – 2013 - 2015
  • Table 15 –Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2013 - 2015
  • Table 16 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
  • Table 17 – Spectrum auction 700MHz band – February 2014
  • Table 18 – MTRs – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 19 – 2G subscribers – 2013 - 2015
  • Table 20 – 3G subscribers and penetration – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 21 – Operators’ 3G market share – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 22 – Active LTE subscribers – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 23 – Entel PCS – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Entel PCS – mobile broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 25 – Movistar – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 26 – Movistar Chile mobile revenue – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 27 – Movistar Chile traffic by type – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 28 – Movistar Chile ARPU – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 29 – Claro – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 30 – Claro mobile revenue – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 31 – WOM – mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 32 – VTR – mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 33 – MVNO subscribers by operator – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 34 – Virgin Mobile mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 35 – Falabella Móvil mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 36 –M2M connections via mobile broadband – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 37 – Movistar Chile M2M connections – 2014 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers – market evolution at a glance – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Mobile broadband by platform connections – 2009 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Proportion of mobile broadband connections by technology – 2012 – 2017

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