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


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

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.
0Spectrum 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.

Key developments:

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.


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Prepaid
3.3 Mobile voice
3.4 Mobile data
3.4.1 SMS and MMS
3.5 Mobile broadband
3.6 Forecasts
3.6.1 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 State network pilot
4.7 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
5.2.3 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Telcel
6.2 Movistar
6.3 Grupo Iusacell
6.3.1 Unefón
6.4 Nextel de México
6.5 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, annual change and penetration rate 2000 - 2016
Table 2 Mobile market share by major operator 2001 - 2015
Table 3 Mobile market revenue 2001 - 2015
Table 4 Mobile market investment 2008 - 2013
Table 6 Historic - Prepaid / postpaid subscribers and annual change 1997 - 2004
Table 7 Prepaid / postpaid subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 8 Proportion of prepaid / postpaid subscribers 2000 - 2015
Table 9 Historic - Mobile traffic 1995 - 2004
Table 10 Historic - Mobile traffic 2005 - 2016
Table 11 SMS traffic 2006 - 2015
Table 12 SMS messages per subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 13 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 15 Forecast mobile subscribers 2015; 2017; 2020
Table 16 Telcel subscribers and annual change 2000 - 2015
Table 17 Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU 2008 - 2015
Table 18 Telcel wireless service revenue 2010 - 2015
Table 19 Movistar subscribers and annual change 2001 - 2015
Table 20 Movistar minutes of use and ARPU 2008 - 2015
Table 21 Movistar financial data 2008 - 2015
Table 22 Iusacell subscribers and annual change 2000 2015
Table 23 Iusacell financial data 2012 2013
Table 24 Unefón subscribers and annual change (historic) 2000 - 2007
Table 25 Nextel Mexico financial data 2012 - 2014
Table 26 Nextel Mexico financial data (new format) 2015
Table 27 Nextel Mexico subscribers 2012 - 2015
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2000 2016
Chart 2 Telcel subscribers and annual change 2000 2015
Chart 3 Movistar subscribers and annual change 2001 2015
Chart 4 Movistar financial data 2008 2015
Chart 5 Iusacell subscribers and annual change 2000 2015

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