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Mobile communications in Mexico - statistics & facts

Latin American mobile communications is a 70 billion U.S. dollar sector, and approximately 15.5 billion dollars, or 22 percent of that sum, is contributed to by Mexico. Around a third of this value stems from the sales of devices and the remaining two thirds from the sales of services. In terms of subscriptions, Mexico is one of the largest mobile markets worldwide. The only other Latin American country on this list is Brazil, which is the region’s most populated country.

Mobile voice services

In general, there are over 120 million mobile phone lines active in Mexico, out of which 83 percent are prepaid and 17 percent are postpaid. Telcel, owned by América Móvil, is by a wide margin the largest player in this sector, providing 62 percent of mobile phone lines in the North American nation. Telefónica and AT&T follow, with 21 and 15 percent, respectively. Furthermore, approximately 215 minutes of traffic per month are generated by each individual line.

Mobile internet

Mexican mobile internet providers generate a revenue of approximately 5.3 billion U.S. dollars, providing their services to over 93 million broadband internet users. This translates into 74 mobile broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. Just as is the case with voice services, Telcel is the largest mobile broadband provider, followed by AT&T and Telefónica. As for the type of mobile connections, more than three quarters of traffic is generated on the 4G network and the remaining quarter on 3G. Meanwhile, 5G technology is not expected to gain a foothold in Latin America before 2023 (957552).

Red Compartida

Until the mid 2010s, the Mexican telecommunication market was, to a very large extent, controlled by América Móvil and thus lacked a competitive environment, leading to unfavorable conditions for consumers. The Mexican government undertook various steps to make the market more consumer-friendly and foster competition. One of the steps was establishing a wholesale wireless network as a Public-Private Partnership. In an international bidding process, ALTAN Redes was awarded the task of developing and operating the network. In March 2018, Red Compartida started commercial operations with a coverage of 30 percent of the population. As of late 2020, this reach has increased to nearly 60 percent, which translates into 67 million people (1108400). The governmental plan envisaged a coverage of 50 percent in 2020 and 92 percent by 2024. In 2017, the project received the ICT Excellence Award from the World Information Technology and Services Alliance as well as the “Best Infrastructure Financing” award from the magazine LatinFinance.

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