Axtel mulling introduction of mobile WiMAX voice services

13 May 2009

According to Bloomberg, Mexican fixed line and broadband operator Axtel is considering the introduction of WiMAX-based mobile voice services. Citing comments from Adrian de los Santos, Axtel’s head of investor relations, the report indicates that the telco is considering the move in a bid to make it more competitive against dominant fixed line operator Telefonos de Mexico (Telmex). The operator reportedly remains undecided, however, whether to roll out its own WiMAX infrastructure or partner with an existing provider. It is believed that the operator has adequate spectrum to offer commercial mobile WiMAX voice services, but it is understood it may still participate in future auctions for additional frequencies for long-term investment purposes. It was also noted that at the end of March 2009 Axtel had 51,000 clients using WiMAX to substitute for fixed line services for both voice and internet. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database was Mexico’s second largest fixed line provider with 935,800 subscribers at end-December 2008.

Mexico, Axtel