Internet in Chile

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The technical regulator of the Internet in Chile is the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications, through the Undersecretariat of Telecommunications (Subtel).

The Internet country code is .cl.[1]

Internet access[edit]

In 2011 there were 1.854 million Internet hosts in Chile.[1] According to the International Telecommunication Union, 45% of the population in Chile had access to the Internet in 2010.[2] The household penetration rate for fixed Internet connections stands at 39.01%, with 1,991,277 subscribers as of September 2011.[3]

Internet usage[edit]

According to a national survey[3] on telecommunication services consumption, published by Subtel in January 2009, 40.6% of Chileans use the Internet, while 59.1% do not.

Places where Chileans get online
Place  % (*)
Home 45.6
Work 39.0
Cybercafé 29.0
Friends/relatives' house 18.4
University 12.8
School 8.9
Did not use 2.6
Others 1.6

Note: Multiple responses are allowed.
(*) Out of those who use the Internet.

Visits to a cybercafé during last week
Frequency  % (*)
Once 41.7
2-5 times 39.3
6-10 times 7.9
More than 10 times 4.6
Don't know/No response 6.6

(*) Out of those who've visited a cybercafé in the last week.

Connection speeds[edit]

Speed Connections
(September 2011)[3]
 %
≤56 kbit/s 1,320 0.1%
56 kbit/s-128 kbit/s 1,803 0.1%
128 kbit/s-256 kbit/s 11,250 0.6%
256 kbit/s-512 kbit/s 39,790 2.0%
512 kbit/s-1 Mbit/s 119,035 6.0%
1 Mbit/s-2 Mbit/s 569,317 28.6%
2 Mbit/s-5 Mbit/s 318,720 16.0%
5 Mbit/s-10 Mbit/s 669,600 33.6%
10 Mbit/s-100 Mbit/s 244,511 12.3%
100 Mbit/s-1 Gbit/s 15,207 0.8%
>1 Gbit/s 25 0.0%
Total fixed connections 1,990,578 100.0%

Broadband market[edit]

Market share[edit]

Company Connections[3] Market share
(September 2011)
Telefónica 834,778 41.9%
VTR Banda Ancha 758,313 38.1%
Claro Comunicaciones S.A. 177,952 8.9%
Telsur 102,180 5.1%
GTD Manquehue 39,366 2.0%
Entel-Chile S.A. 20,601 1.0%
Pacífico Cable 15,161 0.8%
CMET 14,535 0.7%
CTR 7,464 0.4%
Telcoy 7,425 0.4%
Telmex 4,547 0.2%
GTD Internet 4,188 0.2%
RTC 971 0.0%
Luzlinares 640 0.0%
Luzparral 550 0.0%
Netglobalis 537 0.0%
Fullcom 505 0.0%
AT&T Chile S.A. 502 0.0%
Inalámbrica S.A. 329 0.0%
Netline 310 0.0%
Firstcom 158 0.0%
Claro Holding S.A. 109 0.0%
Will S.A. 99 0.0%
E-Money 38 0.0%
Chilesat 10 0.0%
Chile.com 6 0.0%
Infonet 2 0.0%
Telmex Chile Networks 1 0.0%
Total connections 1,991,277 100.0%

Plans[edit]

Companies offering home use broadband connections include:

VTR[edit]

VTR,[4] Chile's largest cable company, offers several "always on" plans through cable modem (as of June 2011):

  • Flat-rate plans:
    • 1 Mbit/s (downstream)/512 kbit/s (upstream), US$21/month (3 GB monthly cap)
    • 2 Mbit/s/512 kbit/s, US$28/month (unlimited)
    • 6 Mbit/s/512 kbit/s, US$43/month (unlimited)
    • 15 Mbit/s/1 Mbit/s, US$51/month (unlimited)
    • 40 Mbit/s/2 Mbit/s, US$64/month (unlimited)
    • 120 Mbit/s/4 Mbit/s, US$150/month (unlimited)

Note: Exchange rate used: 1 US dollar = 467.73 Chilean pesos (May 2011 average)

Telefónica Chile[edit]

Telefónica Chile,[5] Chile's biggest phone company, offers several ADSL plans (as of November 10, 2008):

  • Flat-rate plans (using Ethernet and USB modems):
    • 300/200 kbit/s, US$34.75/month (regions I-X), US$49.31/month (regions XI-XII)
    • 600/300 kbit/s, US$80.84/month (regions XI-XII)
    • 1 Mbit/s/550 kbit/s, US$39.60 (not available in regions XI-XII)
    • 2 Mbit/s/550 kbit/s, US$44.45 (not available in regions XI-XII)
    • 4 Mbit/s/550 kbit/s, US$49.31 (not available in regions XI-XII)
    • 6 Mbit/s/550 kbit/s, US$54.16 (regions I-X)

Most plans above will see their download speed doubled or increased by December 2008. Prices will presumably stay unchanged.[6]

  • A pre-paid plan:
    • 1 Mbit/s/550 kbit/s, US$32.34 (2 hour extension for US$0.81, 24 hour extension for US$1.62)

Note: Exchange rate used: 1 US dollar = 618.39 Chilean pesos (October 2008 average)

Entel[edit]

Entel, another major telecommunications company, offers several plans through ADSL:

  • Flat-rate plans:
    • 200/64 kbit/s, US$37.30
    • 600/128 kbit/s, US$46.30
    • 1 Mbit/s/256 kbit/s, US$57
    • 2 Mbit/s/256 kbit/s, US$69.50
  • Wireless radio-based connections:
    • 512/128 kbit/s, US$50.90

Note: Exchange rate used: 1 US dollar = 559.77 Chilean pesos (2005 average)

Gtd Manquehue[edit]

Gtd Manquehue offers (through ADSL):

  • Flat-rate plans:
    • 128 kbit/s, US$27.50
    • 200 kbit/s, US$37.50
    • 400 kbit/s, US$42.80
    • 600 kbit/s, US$46.80
    • 1.3 Mbit/s, US$57.10
    • 2 Mbit/s, US$69.60
    • 4 Mbit/s, US$80.30

Note: Exchange rate used: 1 US dollar = 559.77 Chilean pesos (2005 average)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Chile". CIA The World Factbook. Retrieved 2011-12-26. 
  2. ^ Definitions of World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators, March 2010, International Telecommunication Union, March 2010. Accessed on 30 September 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d [1]
  4. ^ "Lo que nos gusta de la vida". VTR. Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  5. ^ "Soluciones para Hogar - Telefónica Chile". Telefónica Chile. Archived from the original on 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  6. ^ [2]