Chile - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Chile’s telecom sector is among the most developed in Latin America, with a modern infrastructure supporting a range of services in the fixed-line 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 popular for both national and international investors.

Fixed-line teledensity remains below the South American average, despite the country’s relatively high GDP per capita and the healthy investment environment. 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, which is reducing demand for fixed-line infrastructure but leading to a steady climb in the use of mobile voice and data services.

The leading fixed-line operator is the incumbent Telefónica Chile, trading as Movistar. Its main competitors are VTR Globalcom (VTR), the GTD Group, Entel, and Claro. VTR is the leading provider of cable TV and cable broadband, and the second largest provider of local telephony. The GTD Group operates through subsidiaries including GTD Manquehue, GTD Telesat and Telsur, which provide voice, data, and video services for residential and business customers. Entel offers fixed-line services primarily to the wholesale and corporate segments.

The Digital Agenda for 2013-2020 (dubbed Agenda Digital Imagina Chile 2013-2020) 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.

This report provides an overview of Chile’s telecom sector and regulatory environment and includes a range of statistical data and market analyses.

Key developments:

  • GTD to lay a 3,500km submarine cable from Africa to Puerto Montt;
  • Telecom regulator and Ministry of National Assets agree terms to improve telecom infrastructure access conditions;
  • Industry lobby group Atelmo proposes $26 billion investment program to 2024 to increase reach of LTE and fibre-based broadband networks;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data update to June 2018, telco’s financial and operating data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Movistar (Telefónica Chile), VTR Globalcom, GTD Group (including Telsur, GTD Manquehue, Telesat, Telcoy), Entel Chile, Claro Chile, Nextel, GTD, Virgin Mobile, Falabella.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Historical overview
    • 4.2 Market analysis
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Historical overview
    • 5.2 Regulatory authorities
      • 5.2.1 Subtel
      • 5.2.2 Superintendency of Telecommunications
      • 5.2.3 CNTV
    • 5.3 Telecommunications Development Fund
    • 5.4 Number Portability (NP)
    • 5.5 Interconnect
    • 5.6 Access
    • 5.7 Network neutrality
    • 5.8 Digital agenda 2013-2020
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Introduction
      • 6.1.1 Local operators
      • 6.1.2 Long-distance operators
    • 6.2 Movistar (Telefónica Chile)
    • 6.3 VTR
    • 6.4 GTD Group
      • 6.4.1 Telefónica del Sur (Telsur)
    • 6.5 Entel Chile
    • 6.6 Claro Chile (formerly Telmex)
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
    • 7.2 VoIP
    • 7.3 Digital economy
      • 7.3.1 E-government
      • 7.3.2 E-commerce
    • 7.4 International infrastructure
      • 7.4.1 Submarine cable networks
      • 7.4.2 Satellite networks
  • 8. Wholesale
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Chile – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Evolution of GDP in Chile – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 3 – Mobile and fixed-line subscribers – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 4 – Historic - Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers – 1997 - 2009
  • Table 5 – Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 6 – Telecom market investment – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 7 – Fixed lines in service – operators’ market share – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 8 – Fixed-line local traffic (minutes and calls) – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 9 – Movistar – fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 10 – VTR – fixed-lines subscribers – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 11 – GTD Group – fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Entel – fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 13 – Entel Chile financial data – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 14 – Claro – fixed lines in service – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 15 – Claro revenue by platform – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 16 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2009
  • Table 17 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 18 – International bandwidth – 2000 - 2016
  • Chart 1 – Fixed and mobile subscribers in Chile by market share – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 2 – Fixed and mobile market share of subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Fixed lines in service – operators’ market share – 2000 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Entel Chile financial data – 2014 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Claro revenue by platform – 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Evolution of fixed lines in service – 2000 - 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – Map of Chile
  • Exhibit 2 – Regions and primary zones in Chile
  • Exhibit 3 – Local telephony operators – number of zones of operation

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Last updated 17 Nov 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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