AT&T launched limited 5G services in Mexico in December last year
AT&T Mexico has announced that its 5G network has launched in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.
The phone company said it expects its 5G network infrastructure to reach 25 new cities across Mexico before the end of this year.
AT&T Mexico users will be able to access 5G through AT&T Ármalo, a personalized experience that will allow users to create their own 5G plan. Additionally, businesses will be able to take advantage of 5G through AT&T Business, the company said.
The carrier initially launched 5G services in Mexico in December last year using spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band.
Initial AT&T 5G network coverage was limited to the Cuauhtémoc and Napoles neighborhoods in Mexico City.
In an effort to help build a 5G ecosystem that accelerates use cases requiring this new mobile technology, AT&T Mexico has already opened a 5G Innovation Lab, a space designed to test and validate 5G use cases. with employees, industry and customers. .
AT&T Mexico also said it will work collaboratively with industry, government, academia, startups and large enterprises, in building prototypes using 5G technology to improve business models.
Earlier this week, Mexican operator Movistar, owned by Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica, said it was considering launching 5G in Mexico through a network-sharing deal with AT&T.
Camilo Aya, CEO of Telefónica Movistar México, pointed out that one of the advantages of sharing infrastructure with AT&T is that once the latter company launches these services, Telefónica will be able to do so simultaneously.
“We are starting our plan to do testing and start rolling out as well. We’re going to use the coverage that AT&T uses, when we launch in those cities, we’ll launch the service,” Aya said. The executive also said the telecom company is evaluating 5G plans, market conditions and the technology infrastructure needed to support the network in Mexico.
Mexican telecommunications group America Movil plans to double the number of 5G sites in Mexico by the end of the year, America Movil CEO Daniel Hajj said recently during a conference call with investors.
Hajj also said the telecom operator will gradually increase its 5G investments once users migrate from 3G and 4G networks to 5G. “As we can move more customers from 4G to 5G or from 3G to 5G, then the capex should be more in 5G because we have more customers there and are taking capex off 4G to put them in 5G (…) If we grow faster, we put more on 5G, if we develop at a slower rate, we will put more on 4G, ”he added.
In February, America Movil launched 5G services in 18 of Mexico’s largest cities, reaching more than 48 million people.
The company, which operates in the mobile telephony segment through the Telcel brand, initially launched 5G in Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Tijuana and Puebla, among other cities.
Earlier this year, Mexican telecommunications regulator IFT confirmed that the auction of 5G spectrum for mobile services would take place in 2022.