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Mexico - Mobile Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts


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Mexico - Mobile Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

Growth in the Mexican mobile market has begun to slow in response to higher penetration. Telcel still dominates the market, accounting for about 70% of subscribers. The regulator has endeavoured to encourage competition since 2010, and legislation passed in late 2013 aims to reduce the dominance of Telcel in the mobile market and of Telmex in the fixed-line segment.

Following the 3G spectrum auctions held in 2010, operators such as Movistar and Nextel have become better positioned to offer mobile data services. This report provides an overview of Mexico's mobile market, including a range statistical data as well as subscriber forecasts to 2016.

Key Developments:

AT&T completes acquisition of Iusacell; Supermarket chain Grupo Comercial Chedraui signs MVNO deal with Movistar; Nextel launches LTE in three cities; Movistar planning MXN3 billion investment in 2015 to extend LTE infrastructure to 300 cities; government initiates plan for a State-owned mobile network; small rural town of Villa Talea de Castro creates an independent mobile network; AT&T to acquire Grupo Iusacell for $2.5 billion; Telcel reports fall in its subscriber base as it plans to reduce market share to below 50%; Virgin Mobile Latin America launches services on Movistar's network; mobile penetration approaches 92%; spectrum auctions in the 1.9GHz and 1.7GHz bands completed; regulator obliges Telcel to reduce MTRs; regulator takes control of 2.5GHz spectrum, reassigns it for 4G; Banorte launches MiFon mobile banking service; América Móvil develops m-payment platform with banks; operators sign up to data roaming transparency scheme; regulator considers auctioning blocks of 15MHz in the 700MHz band; regulator's market data updates to June 2014; telcos' financial and operating data to Q4 2014; recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report include:

Telcel; Movistar; Iusacell; Nextel Mexico; Televisa; Globalstar; Unefón; Telefónica.


1. Synopsis
2. Overview of Mexico's mobile (cell phone) market
2.1 Mobile market statistics
3. Regulatory issues
3.1 Regulatory authorities
3.2 Spectrum auctions
3.2.1 2.5GHz spectrum
3.2.2 700MHz spectrum
3.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
3.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
3.5 Data roaming
3.6 State network pilot
3.7 Telecom legislative reform
4. Mobile technologies
4.1 Overview
5. Major mobile operators
5.1 Telcel
5.2 Movistar
5.3 Grupo Iusacell
5.3.1 Unefón
5.4 Nextel de México
5.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
5.6 Open networks
6. Mobile voice services
6.1 Minutes of Use (MOU)
6.2 Prepaid
6.3 Satellite mobile
7. Mobile data services
7.1 SMS text messaging
7.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
7.3 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
7.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
7.5 M-payment services
7.6 M-banking
8. Forecasts
8.1 Mobile market forecasts 2011 - 2018
8.2 Notes on scenario forecasts
9. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rate 2000 - 2015
Table 2 Mobile market share by major operator 2001 - 2013
Table 3 Mobile market revenue 2001 - 2013
Table 4 Mobile market traffic 2003 - 2014
Table 5 Telcel subscribers and annual change 2000 - 2014
Table 6 Telcel churn, monthly minutes of use and ARPU 2008 - 2014
Table 7 Telcel wireless service revenue 2010 - 2014
Table 8 Movistar subscribers and annual change 2001 - 2014
Table 9 Movistar minutes of use and ARPU 2008 - 2014
Table 10 Movistar financial data 2008 - 2014
Table 11 Iusacell subscribers and annual change 2000 2013
Table 12 GSF Telecom (Iusacell) financial data 2012 2013
Table 13 Unefón subscribers and annual change (historic) 2000 - 2007
Table 14 Historic - Mobile traffic 1995 - 2004
Table 15 Historic - Mobile traffic 2005 - 2014
Table 16 Prepaid / postpaid subscribers and annual change 1997 - 2014
Table 17 Proportion of prepaid / postpaid subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 18 SMS traffic 2006 - 2013
Table 19 SMS messages per subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 20 Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration lower growth scenario 2011 - 2018
Table 21 Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration higher growth scenario 2011 - 2018
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2000 2015
Chart 2 Telcel subscribers and annual change 2000 2014
Chart 3 Movistar subscribers and annual change 2001 2014
Chart 4 Movistar financial data 2008 2014
Chart 5 Iusacell subscribers and annual change 2000 2013

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