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 be 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.
Regulator assigns 600MHz spectrum for 5G services; AT&T launches LTE-M service; regulator concludes conditions for 2.5GHz spectrum auction; 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 Q4 2017, recent market developments.
Telcel (América Móvil), AT&T Mexico (Iusacell, Nextel Mexico), Movistar (Telefónica Mexico), Televisa, Globalstar, Unefón, Virgin Mobile, Weex, AT&T Mexico.
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Last updated 22 Mar 2018
Analyst: Henry Lancaster
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