Mexico - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

The Mexican mobile market continues to undergo considerable changes in the wake of regulatory efforts to curb the market dominance of Telcel: the regulator in early 2018 obliged the parent company América Móvil to spin off its fixed business from its mobile unit. Such measures encouraged the entry of AT&T into the market, with its acquisition of Nextel Mexico and Iusacell, and have also resulted in the greater competitive role being played by MVNOs.

The regulator has also endeavoured to encourage competition through issuing additional spectrum. However, despite these efforts only AT&T Mexico and Telcel were eligible to bid for AWS licences at auction in February 2016, while in mid-2018 only AT&T and Movistar were awarded spectrum in the 2.5GHz band.

In January 2017 the ALTAN consortium was contracted to manage a wholesale mobile network for 20 years, aimed at delivering mobile voice and data to underserved areas. The network was made available for use in March 2018, initially covering about a third of the population and concentrated on Mexico City, Nuevo Leon, Jalisco, Puebla, Michoacan, Colima, Nayarit, Aguascalientes and Guanajuato. By mid-2018 two MVNOs had launched mobile services on the wholesale network, and Virgin Mobile was looking to switch to it from its existing host network.

This report provides an overview of Mexico’s mobile market, including a range statistical data as well as subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

  • Telefónica sets up an IoT laboratory in Mexico;
  • Regulator preps for early 2019 auction for 600MHz spectrum for 5G services;
  • AT&T launches LTE-M service;
  • Regulator awards 2.5GHz spectrum to AT&T and Movistar;
  • Regulator allows América Móvil to acquire an additional 60MHz of spectrum in the 2.5GHz band from Grupo MVS;
  • 700MHz wholesale network becomes available for telcos;
  • Telcel sells assets in eastern and northern areas, secures AWS spectrum licences at auction;
  • Payments processor PROSA teams up with Gemalto to provide m-payment services;
  • América Móvil develops m-payment platform with banks;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data updates to March 2018, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telcel (América Móvil), AT&T Mexico (Iusacell, Nextel Mexico), Movistar (Telefónica Mexico), Televisa, Globalstar, Unefón, Virgin Mobile, Weex, AT&T Mexico.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
  • 4. Mobile infrastructure
    • 4.1 4G (LTE)
    • 4.2 Other infrastructure developments
      • 4.2.1 Open networks
      • 4.2.2 Satellite mobile
      • 4.2.3 IoT
    • 4.3 Mobile data
      • 4.3.1 SMS and MMS
    • 4.4 Mobile broadband
    • 4.5 Forecasts – mobile subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
  • 5. Regulatory issues
    • 5.1 Regulatory authorities
    • 5.2 Spectrum auctions
      • 5.2.1 2.5GHz spectrum
      • 5.2.2 700MHz spectrum
      • 5.2.3 AWS spectrum
      • 5.2.4 600MHz
    • 5.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • 5.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 5.5 Roaming
    • 5.6 Telecom legislative reform
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1 Telcel
    • 6.2 Movistar
    • 6.3 AT&T Mexico
      • 6.3.1 Grupo Iusacell
      • 6.3.2 Unefón
      • 6.3.3 Nextel de México
    • 6.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • 7. Mobile content and applications
    • 7.1 M-payment services
    • 7.2 M-banking
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 2 – Mobile market share by major operator – 2001 - 2018
  • Table 3 – Mobile market revenue – 2001 - 2018
  • Table 4 – Mobile market investment ($) – 2001 - 2013
  • Table 5 – Mobile market investment (MXN) – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 6 – Prepaid / postpaid subscribers – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 7 – Proportion of prepaid / postpaid subscribers – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 8 – Movistar LTE subscribers and penetration – 2016 - 2018
  • Table 9 – SMS traffic – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 10 – SMS messages per subscriber – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 12 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 14 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 15 – Mobile number portings – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 16 – Telcel subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 17 – Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 18 – Telcel wireless revenue – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 19 – Movistar subscribers – 2001 - 2018
  • Table 20 – Movistar minutes of use and ARPU – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 21 – Movistar financial data – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 22 – AT&T Mexico financial data – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 23 – AT&T Mexico subscribers – 2000 – 2018
  • Table 24 – Iusacell financial data (historic) – 2012 – 2013
  • Table 25 – Unefón subscribers and annual change (historic) – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 26 – Nextel Mexico financial data (historic) – 2012 - 2014
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Telcel subscribers and annual change – 2000 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Movistar financial data – 2008 – 2018

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