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

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

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.


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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