Regulator Cofetel has revealed that Mexico’s telecoms sector grew 36.4% in the first three months of 2008, 13 percentage points higher than during the corresponding period last year, and 14 times greater than GDP growth during the quarter. Trunking services were up 35.2%, driven by new service bundles and increased coverage, while the satellite segment grew 22.7%. Long-distance traffic rose 5.6% and international outgoing traffic did likewise by 3.4%. Meanwhile, calling rates dropped 6.6% in real terms, partly down to a 7.4% decline in local telephony rates and reductions by 16.5% and 13% for post-paid and pre-paid mobile calling rates respectively. Finally, mobile traffic increased by the largest amount in the last seven years, up 60.5% as the country’s total wireless subscriber base grew 18% year-on-year to reach 70.6 million. BNamericas reports that despite the positive quarter, Cofetel did not rule out a possible negative impact on the sector resulting from the slowdown in the US economy. However, Cofetel stated that the upcoming auctions for 3G and WiMAX concessions later this year would help boost the sector.