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.
El Tiempo – The telephone number 911 will be used to make emergency calls in Mexico, reported the National Institute of Telecommunications.
El Economista – The telecommunications sector totaled 18.6 percent of the foreign direct investment flowing into Mexico in the second quarter, a total of $5.419 billion.
CNNExpansión) – The Niu brand, which begins operations in Mexico, will make an appearance in the Mexican market with two business models; TEK5D of the 5-inch screen will cost 1,500 pesos with Movistar.
Digital Trends – AT&T has been trying to spread its wings into Mexico since last November, and it looks like the U.S. carrier will finally achieve its dream, as it has now announced its rollout of 4G LTE coverage into the United States’ southern neighbor.
Economia Hoy – Mexican telecommunications billionaire Carlos Slim, who has spent nine years preparing to offer television services, can finally apply for a license, but he must reduce his telephone domination.
Android Authority – While Cricket Wireless already offered free calling and texting from the US to Mexico and Canada, now they are also adding free calling and texting to the US from Mexico and Canada.
By Christine Murray / Reuters
Mexican telecoms giant America Movil, controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim, will respond to a challenge from U.S. carrier AT&T by offering some subscribers free calls to and data in the United States, and will also invest $6 billion in its network in Mexico, its chief executive said.
AT&T has challenged America Movil on its home turf with the purchases of two Mexican wireless operators.
America Movil Chief Executive Officer Daniel Hajj said the company would eliminate roaming charges from Mexico to the United States for post-pay customers who opt to pay an extra 50 pesos ($3.16) per month.
The company hopes to do the same for prepay customers, which make up more than 80 percent of its Mexico subscriber base, and extend the deal to cover Canada, he told a news conference in Mexico City.
Rivals AT&T, Telefonica SA and T-Mobile have all also introduced new packages with free calls between Mexico and the U.S. this year.
The $6 billion would be invested in Mexico over the next three years, Hajj said.
That figure is double the $3 billion AT&T pledged in Mexico investment in June, though the U.S. carrier has just 6 million Mexico subscribers, less than one tenth of America Movil’s 72 million.
CNet – T-Mobile is opening up the borders to Mexico and Canada for its subscribers. The fourth-largest wireless carrier in the US said it would allow customers to make calls, send text messages and browse the mobile Web in both countries without any roaming charges.
El Economista – The Federal Telecommunications Institute said it will issue the agreement by which the segmentation of the 2.5 GHz band (2.500 to 2.690 MHz) is adopted as part of its actions to tender in 2016.
Reuters – Mexico’s telecoms regulator said that a new tender process for digital TV channels will begin in the last quarter of 2015, and the winner will be announced in the first half of 2016.
Reuters – Totalplay, the pay TV, Internet and fixed-line company owned by Mexican billionaire Ricardo Salinas, is considering participating in an upcoming tender for a $7 billion wholesale mobile network.
Reuters – Mexico’s telecoms regulator will open access to the “last mile” of Telmex telephone networks to competitors, two sources said, in a decision that aims to increase competition in a sector dominated by billionaire Carlos Slim.
Notimex – Telmex started installing the Telcel 4GLTE-Infinitum Digital Village in the Zocalo of Mexico City to be held from July 10 to 26. The event is aimed at boosting technology development in education, employment, health, culture, entrepreneurship and innovation.
Nasdaq – Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) plans to launch an auction for 700 MHz nationwide shared broadband network on Oct. 29. Preliminary bidding requirements will be published Jul 17. Winners are likely to receive licenses in the first quarter of 2016.
NASA Spaceflight – Arianespace lofted a pair of Mexican satellites into space on Wednesday, with DirecTV-15 and SKY Mexico-1 set enjoying a ride uphill on the Ariane 5 rocket.
Sentido Comun – The Federal Telecommunications Institute, or IFT, has resolved disagreements concerning interconnection fees that companies must pay the Iusacel Alestra Group, now owned by AT&T.
WSJ – Mexico’s telecommunications regulators face the task of deciding what to do with an available television network concession after the company that won it failed to pay what it had bid.