The Mexican mobile market is undergoing considerable changes in the wake of efforts to curb the market dominance of Telcel, the entry of AT&T following its acquisition of Nextel Mexico and Iusacell, and the greater competitive role being played by Telefónica. Telcel still accounts for about 70% of subscribers, though it is in the process of selling assets to reduce its share to below 50% in line with government legislation passed in late 2013. The regulator has also endeavoured to encourage competition since 2010, partly through issuing additional spectrum which encourages the entry of new players.
Spectrum auctions anticipated in early 2016 will improve the ability of operators to offer mobile data services nationally, and extend mobile broadband services into rural areas. This report provides an overview of Mexico’s mobile market, including a range statistical data as well as subscriber forecasts.
Telcel sells assets in eastern and northern areas; regulator preps for 700MHz and AWS spectrum auctions; Telesites set up to manage América Móvil’s domestic tower business; AT&T completes acquisition of Iusacell and Nextel Mexico; Supermarket chain Grupo Comercial Chedraui signs MVNO deal with Movistar; Movistar investing MXN3 billion to expand LTE to 300 cities by 2018; government reduces investment in state-owned shared mobile network from $10 billion to $7 billion; Virgin Mobile Latin America launches services on Movistar’s network; regulator takes control of 2.5GHz spectrum, reassigns it for LTE; Banorte launches MiFon mobile banking service; América Móvil develops m-payment platform with banks; operators sign up to data roaming transparency scheme; report update includes the regulator’s market data updates to November 2015, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q3 2015, recent market developments.
Companies covered in this report:
Telcel; Movistar; Iusacell; Nextel Mexico; Televisa; Globalstar; Unefón; Telefónica.