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

Synopsis

The Mexican mobile market continues to undergo considerable changes in the wake of efforts to curb the market dominance of Telcel. Regulatory 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. Although the MVNO sector is slowly making gains, but still accounts for only about 1% of the market. Telcel still accounts for about two thirds of the market by 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 through issuing additional spectrum. However, despite efforts to encourage greater competition in the market, only AT&T Mexico and Telcel were eligible to bid for AWS licences at auction in February 2016. These concessions expire in late 2030. Nevertheless, multi-spectrum auctions are expected to be held by the end of 2017, which will go far in enabling operators to improve the quality of their mobile data offerings. These auctions include 130MHz of 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 is to be made available for use from March 2018, and will in part by based on an infrastructure sharing agreement with Telcel signed in mid-2017.

This report provides an overview of Mexico’s mobile market, including a range statistical data as well as subscriber forecasts to 2022.

Key developments:

Supreme Court overturns 2014 ban on Telcel being able to charge rivals for interconnection; regulator allows América Móvil to acquire an additional 60MHz of spectrum in the 2.5GHz band from Grupo MVS; ALTRAN signs infrastructure sharing deal with Telcel to develop its 700MHz wholesale network; Nokia contracted to design, build and operate the wholesale Red Compartida network in five regions; Telcel sells assets in eastern and northern areas; Movistar signs national roaming deal with Telcel; Telcel and AT&T Mexico secure AWS spectrum licences at auction; regulator issues plan for auction of 2.5GHz spectrum in late 2017; more MVNOs licensed, improving market competition; Movistar to invest MXN3 billion to expand LTE to 300 cities by 2018; payments processor PROSA teams up with Gemalto to provide m-payment services; government reduces investment in state-owned shared mobile network from $10 billion to $7 billion; América Móvil develops m-payment platform with banks; report update includes the regulator’s market data updates to March 2017, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2017, 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
    • 3.2 Mobile voice
    • 3.3 Mobile data
      • 3.3.1 SMS and MMS
    • 3.4 Mobile broadband
    • 3.5 Forecasts – mobile subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
      • 3.5.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 Regulatory authorities
    • 4.2 Spectrum auctions
      • 4.2.1 2.5GHz spectrum
      • 4.2.2 700MHz spectrum
      • 4.2.3 AWS spectrum
    • 4.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • 4.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 4.5 Roaming
    • 4.6 Telecom legislative reform
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1 Digital networks
      • 5.1.1 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 5.2 Other infrastructure developments
      • 5.2.1 Open networks
      • 5.2.2 Satellite mobile
  • 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 - 2017
  • Table 3 – Mobile market revenue – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Mobile market investment ($) – 2001 - 2013
  • Table 5 – Mobile market investment (MXN) – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 6 – Prepaid / postpaid subscribers – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 7 – Proportion of prepaid / postpaid subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Historic - Mobile traffic – 1995 - 2009
  • Table 9 – Mobile traffic – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 10 – SMS traffic – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 11 – SMS messages per subscriber – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 13 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 16 – Mobile number portings – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 17 – Movistar LTE subscribers and penetration – 2016 - 2017
  • Table 18 – Telcel subscribers and annual change – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 19 – Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 20 – Telcel wireless revenue – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 21 – Movistar subscribers – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 22 – Movistar minutes of use and ARPU – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 23 – Movistar financial data – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 24 – AT&T Mexico financial data – 2015 – 2017
  • Table 25 – AT&T Mexico subscribers – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 26 – Iusacell financial data (historic) – 2012 – 2013
  • Table 27 – Unefón subscribers and annual change (historic) – 2000 - 2007
  • Table 28 – Nextel Mexico financial data (historic) – 2012 - 2014
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Telcel subscribers and annual change – 2000 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Movistar financial data – 2008 – 2017

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