Reuters – Mexico’s seven-person telecom regulations board voted on whether to toughen, maintain or loosen rules against America Movil and broadcaster Grupo Televisa, according to the three people, who declined to be named as deliberations were not public. Reuters could not confirm whether they decided to force Slim’s company to separate off part of Telmex. However, two of the sources said they expected the proposal was on the table.
T+L – Mexico is much more than its all-inclusive resort reputation, as many towns and bustling metropolises are home to myriad cultural institutions showcasing the best of Mexican culture, arts, and culinary delights.
Reuters – Mexican telecoms giant America Movil (AMXL.MX), controlled by tycoon Carlos Slim, said its Mexican unit had reached an agreement to provide a national roaming service to its main competitor in the local market, Telefonica Mexico.
Business Wire – Wizeline, the leading provider of digital product and customer experience solutions powered by artificial intelligence, announced the launch of Wizeline Artificial Intelligence Academy, or Wizeline AI Academy in Guadalajara.
Reuters – In remote indigenous hills, President Enrique Pena Nieto’s telecommunications reform, credited with slashing prices for many Mexicans and boosting competition against billionaire Carlos Slim’s company America Movil, is coming up short.
Almost a third of Mexico’s population is estimated to live with no mobile subscription, meaning Latin America’s second largest economy has a lower percentage of cell phone users than countries like Argentina, Uruguay and even Nicaragua.
By Santiago Perez / Wall Street Journal
Mexico, long considered a free-market bastion in Latin America, recently carried out one of the region’s biggest government giveaways: a $1.3 billion program to hand out close to 10.5 million flat-screen television sets to the country’s poor.
The government touted the program, aimed at low-income mothers, senior citizens and other welfare recipients, as a model of social inclusion and the best way to push the country forward from analog signals into the digital age. The number of televisions given away was equal to twice the sets Mexicans normally buy in a single year.
But people with knowledge of the government’s mass purchase of the 24-inch digital TVs in 2014 and 2015 say the process was riddled with corruption in its latter stages, echoing a string of malfeasance and conflict-of-interest allegations that have rocked the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto over the past two years.
Some contracts to purchase hundreds of thousands of TVs were awarded in no-bid procedures, and a high-ranking Mexican official asked for kickbacks during the process, according to people familiar with the situation.
“It was a fraud, a whole chain of corruption,” said a person with direct knowledge of the process.
Tech Crunch – Twenty years ago only one of 10 people in Mexico had a telephone of any kind. Today, more than 100 million people (out of a population of roughly 125 million) have cell phones and more than 70 percent are smartphones. To keep up the torrid growth, scrappy competitors are offering smartphones for every budget and plans that let users choose right from their handsets which services they want and how much they want to spend.
Zack’s – Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transport (SCT) will announce the names of the winners of its 700 MHz nationwide shared broadband network on Sep 29, 2016. The SCT was initially slated to declare the tender winners on Aug 24.
El Economista – In the next five years, $60 billion will be invested in the telecommunications and information technology, said Manuel Herrera Vega, president of the Confederation of Industrial Chambers (Concamin).
Tech Times – AT&T is adopting a new roaming scheme that offers free voice and data roaming in Canada and Mexico starting on May 20, but it doesn’t apply to all customers. The new treats are available only to select AT&T subscribers.
Reuters -Mexico’s telecoms regulator said it will raise about 45 billion pesos ($2.5 billion) over the next 15 years after an auction of wireless spectrum. The auction will allow the two participating companies, Carlos Slim’s America Movil and new rival AT&T Inc to deploy new mobile services and improve quality, the Federal Telecommunications Institute said.
Sentido Comun – Telecommunications companies AT & T and America Movil received approval by the Federal Telecommunications Institute to participate in the public bidding for 80 megahertz of AWS band.
By Patricia Laya / Bloomberg
Change is happening in Mexico’s telecommunications industry, though not fast enough for AT&T Inc.
Laws introduced almost two years ago to give wireless customers more choices have done little to dent dominant provider America Movil’s market share, according to Thaddeus Arroyo, AT&T’s most senior executive in Mexico.
“Two years into regulatory reform the preponderant agent has more customers than when they started,” Arroyo said in an interview. “The real question — and it’s for the regulator to determine — what additional conditions are needed to drive change faster?”
AT&T is seeking to frame the debate just weeks before the government reviews whether the laws backed by President Enrique Pena Nieto in 2014 have met their goals to increase competition. And while costs to consumers have come down in the wireless industry, America Movil still has about 70 percent of all mobile phone contracts in Mexico and 62 percent of fixed lines, according to datafrom the federal telecommunications regulator known as IFT.
While AT&T is the second-biggest wireless carrier in the larger U.S. market, it’s a distant third in Mexico, where it has spent $4.4 billion on acquisitions since 2014 and has pledged to invest $3 billion more in its network.
By Christine Murray and Tomás Sarmiento / Reuters
Mexico will launch today (Friday) a long-delayed tender for one of the largest infrastructure projects under President Enrique Pena Nieto, a wholesale telecoms network that will cover most of the country.
The project, which was meant to be launched by 2014, is part of a sweeping telecoms reform aimed at curbing the dominance of Carlos Slim’s America Movil and improving Mexico’s low levels of cell phone penetration and network coverage.
It offers the winner cheap use of high quality spectrum in the 700MHz band and a 20-year public-private partnership contract to build a 4G LTE mobile network that operators and virtual network operators can rent.
“Its a change in the rules of the game,” telecoms minister Monica Aspe said in an interview late on Thursday.
The government estimates that 85 percent coverage would require an investment of around $3.5 billion, while 95 percent would cost around $7 billion.
Reuters – Mexico’s telecoms regulator on Thursday said it had approved swaps of frequency blocks and a spectrum rental deal between AT&T Inc and Telefonica, the main competitors to the country’s dominant player, Carlos Slim’s America Movil.
The Guardian – The hippy-chic coastal town of Sayulita, on the west coast, which mixes Mexican country culture with Pacific surf, boutiques and cool bars, is off the radar of most travellers.
Azteca – The Chamber of Deputies approved the Senate proposal to grant an extension of one year for the transition to digital TV to help public broadcasters,communities and indigenous groups comply.
Zacks – In a recent turn of events, Mexican opposition senators voted in favor of extending the deadline of the conversion of TV signals from analog to digital by the end of 2016.
Broadband TV News – StarTV, the commercial platform of Stargroup, will launch its new DTH pay-TV service in Mexico. The new platform will start later this month in Zacatecas and other parts of the country.
Zacks – America Movil, the undisputed leader of the Mexican telecom market, recently won approval from Mexican telecom regulator setting prices the company can charge as its interconnection fees.