Chile Telecommunications Report Q1 2015

Nov 7, 2014 - Business Monitor International - 106 pages - USD $1,295
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Chile is a highly saturated mobile market and one of the most developed in Latin America and offers little scope in terms of organic growth. Number porting and reduction in mobile termination fees has made it easier for customers to switch networks, which has lead to increased competition. BMI believes that additional revenue opportunities will come primarily from added data services in the short to medium term as the regulator reports healthy growth in mobile data usage.

Key Data
  • Data from mobile operators show the Chilean mobile market has not rebounded from its subscription loss in Q413, as first two quarters as operators reported total loss of 525,000 subscribers. Total mobile subscriber base was at a similar level as last seen in Q212.
  • Chile ended Q214 with 7.6mn mobile internet subscribers, an increase of 39.4% year-on-year, according to a report released by the country's telecoms regulator Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones (Subtel).Pay-TV growth is also robust, boosted by converged service provision, with total subscriptions up 18.3% year-on-year to 2.556mn at the end of 2013.
Key Trends & Developments

Chilean mobile market contracted in the first two quarters of 2014 primarily due to the reduction in mobile termination rates. This has lead BMI to downgrade its growth forecast for 2014. Although the market is expected to rebound slightly in 2015, BMI does not believe that Chilean mobile market has much scope for organic growth. Instead, operators are aiming to boost revenues from mobile data usage.

Chile's 4G market is developing rapidly with the three leading operators all launching commercial services by March 2013. Claro commercially deployed Chile's first LTE network in the Santiago metropolitan area in June 2013. Movistar followed with the launch of services in November 2013, followed by Entel in March 2014. Although all three offer LTE services, it is Claro that has taken a lead in terms of coverage, claiming it will...


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