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Mobile communications in Mexico - statistics & facts

The mobile communications sector in Latin America is valued at 60 billion U.S. dollars, out of which one quarter - specifically 15.2 billion U.S. dollars - comes from the Mexican mobile communications sector. Around a third of this value stems from the sales of devices, while the remaining two thirds come from service sales. In terms of subscriptions, Mexico is one of the largest mobile markets in Latin America, surpassed only by Brazil, which is the region’s most populated country. In 2021, the mobile communications market in Mexico was dominated by Telcel, holding a market share of 64 percent based on the number of mobile subscriptions. Other important players in the sector include Telefonica, operating as Movistar in Mexico, and AT&T.

Mobile telephony

There are over 125 million mobile phone lines active in Mexico, out of which 82 percent are prepaid and 18 percent are postpaid. Telcel, owned by América Móvil, is by far the largest player in this sector, providing services to 62 percent of mobile phone lines in the North American nation. Telefónica and AT&T follow, with 21 and 15 percent of mobile phone lines, respectively. Furthermore, each telephony line generates approximately 223 minutes of traffic per month.

Mobile internet

Mexican mobile internet providers generate a revenue of approximately 5.9 billion U.S. dollars, providing their services to more than 87.5 million broadband internet users. This translates into 67 mobile broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. Mobile phone web traffic accounts for the biggest share of mobile internet traffic in Mexico, amounting for nearly 53 percent of all web traffic. Moreover, nearly 80 percent of mobile phone web traffic originated from devices running on Android.

Consumption and networks

The number of mobile internet users in Mexico has been on the rise for over a decade, and it is forecast to surpass 97 million by 2026. The most frequent activities among mobile users include social networks and chats, emails, and web searches. As for the type of mobile connections, more than 80 percent of traffic is generated on the 4G network. Meanwhile, 5G technology continues to gain traction in the country, with estimates indicating that by 2025, up to 14 percent of Mexico’s mobile connections will be to a 5G network.

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