EMPRESA NACIONAL DE TELECOMUNICACIONES (ENTEL S.A.)
ENTEL Corporate Overview
ENTEL is the largest domestic and international long distance carrier in Chile, and a leader in providing integrated voice, internet and data communications services through its own network. It has an integral telecommunications platform, which includes personal telephony, local telephony, fiber-optics networks, submarine cables, satellite telecommunications systems and a large number of latest-technology products.
As of December, 1998, more than 4000 employees were part of the companys staff, including both the parent company and its subsidiaries in the country.
ENTEL's strategy is to be an integral provider of telecommunications services, by means of direct access to the customer through wired and wireless telecommunications systems, consolidating itself as the leading Corporation in the Chilean telecommunications industry.
- ENTEL was constituted as a Corporation belonging to the Chilean Government in 1964, in order to improve the quality of telecommunications in Chile and to create a domestic long distance network that replaced the old one existing at that time, which had been seriously damaged by an earthquake.
- In 1965, the Chilean Government designated ENTEL as its Signatory in the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT).
- In 1968, ENTEL built the "Longovilo" Satellite Communications Earth Station, located 100 km away from Santiago, the capital city. It was the first earth station in Latin America, designed to operate using the fixed satellite system of the INTELSAT Consortium.
- In order to extend the benefits of satellite communications to the furthest areas of the country, ENTEL installed earth stations in the cities of Punta Arenas (1977), Coyhaique (1981), Eastern Island (1990), Puerto Williams (1990), Arica (1992) and the most modern ones in the Antarctic Territory (1997), at the Chilean base stations Eduardo Frei, Bernardo O'Higgins and Arturo Prat, as well as in the Brazilian and Korean bases located in that territory.
- The Government appointed ENTEL as its Signatory in the International Mobile Satellite Communications Organization (INMARSAT) in 1979, subscribing the corresponding Protocol on Privileges and Immunities in London in 1982.
- In 1987 ENTEL was privatized by Chilean Government.
- In 1989, through ENTEL, Chile was the first country in Latin America to have a digitalized satellite system.
- In 1994, competition in long distance telephony was introduced in the country through the multicarrier system, which allows the customers to choose the carrier through which they want to make their long distance telephone calls. ENTEL faced the fierce competition that resulted from this important change, and became a leader in this market, position that it keeps up to now.
- In 1994, ENTEL consolidated its internationalization establishing "Americatel Corporation", its subsidiary in the United States, with Headquarters and its own Teleport for fixed satellite international traffic in Miami. Americatel is a public and private long distance telecommunications services provider. ENTEL also has commercial teleport facilities in many countries of Central America.
- In 1997, ENTEL provided the two way Satellite Link to carry out the remote control and image transmission of the NOMAD space robot experiment, developed for NASA by the U. Carniege Mellon, to the United States, first, from Valle de la Luna, located in the Atacama Desert, and then from "Patriot Hills", a U.S. base in the Antarctic.
- In 1998 ENTEL inaugurated the first PCS (1.9 GHz) digital mobile telephone network in Latin America.
- ENTEL is the main sponsor of the Satellite Project CESAR (CE Satellite for Amateur Radio), that is being carried out by AMSAT- CE, a Chilean non profit foundation. AMSAT-CE is building now the first satellite (CESAR-1), that is expected to be launched into space in the year 2001.
ENTEL Current Satellite Facilities
- Longovilo operates several kinds of fixed satellite services, such as: telephony, data, internet, teleconferencing; short messaging; audiotext, pint to pint satellite TV services, and so on.
- At present, Longovilo also operates one of the twelve ICO Ltd. Satellite Mobile System world gateways, which is one of the two gateways installed in South America.
- ENTEL is a partner in the DAMOS Consortium, which will provide the satellite mobile data transmission service, known as ORBCOMM.
- ENTEL supplies services through IRIDIUM, which is a low orbit satellite constellation, engaged in the establishment and commercialization of a global mobile wireless communications system.
ENTEL Contact Information
- Name : Ms. Mónica Lipari
- Position : Director International Coordination
- Address : 2687 Andres Bello Av., 14th floor, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile
- Phone/Fax : 562- 360 2613 / 562 360 2868
- E- Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Internet : http://www.entelchile.net