Telecommunications in Chile

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



Telephone and telegraph services started in Chile in 1879, three years after Alexander Graham Bell, presented his patent for a telephonic system. José Dottin Husbands, an associate of Thomas Edison, arrived into the port of Valparaiso carrying the first set of switching equipment and telephones.[1] By 1880 the first telephone company of the country is born (Compañia Chilena de Telefonos de Edison), while in 1893, after a rapid expansion in the northern regions of Chile, telephone services started operating in the south, thanks to the founding of Telefonica del Sur (current day Grupo GTD), a company created by a group of German inmigrants that had previously settled in the area of Valdivia, Region de los Rios.

  • Main lines in use: 3.379 million (2007)[2]
  • Mobile cellular: 24.130.754 (2012) (devices)
    • Pre-paid: 17.283.257
    • Post-paid: 6.847.497 [3]
  • System: privatization began in 1988; advanced telecommunications infrastructure; modern system based on extensive microwave radio relay facilities; fixed-line connections have dropped in recent years as mobile-cellular usage continues to increase, reaching a level of 85 telephones per 100 persons[2]
    • Domestic: extensive microwave radio relay links; domestic satellite system with 3 earth stations
    • international: country code - 56; submarine cables provide links to the US and to Central and South America; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) (2007)


  • Broadcast stations: 1,490 (175 AM; 1,315 FM) (2006)[4]



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  1. ^ "Historia de la Compañía » Telefónica Chile" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2022-06-28.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Chile". The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 2009-09-28.
  3. ^ a b "Número de celulares en Chile superó los 24 millones". Acceso a internet por cada 100 habitantes llega a 41% y banda ancha móvil se acerca a los 5 millones de conexiones. Gobierno de Chile. Retrieved 2013-05-29.
  4. ^ Compendio Estadístico 2006, INE.
  5. ^ "What are the video format standards used in different countries worldwide?". November 4, 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  6. ^ Articulo 2012, Cambio21.