Telefonica to overhaul fibre backbone; boost 4G coverage in Mexico

24 May 2016

Telefonica is set to spend MXN3.4 billion (USD184.8 million) to replace its fibre backbone in Mexico, and also seeks to expand the coverage supported by its LTE network. Local press reports, quoting network engineering director Omar Calvo, say the company will be installing DWDM technology running at 100Gbps to replace its existing legacy infrastructure. Calvo relayed the information during a presentation at Telefonica’s data centre in the Ixtlahuaca technology park, west of Mexico City.

In terms of 4G, the company expects to extend Movistar Mexico’s 4G LTE network to 23 new markets and 500 rural communities, via the deployment of 1,700 new base transceiver stations (BTS). New areas set to be covered include Aguascalientes, Cancun, Cuernavaca, Merida, Torreon, Veracruz and Villahermosa.

Mexico, Telefonica Moviles Mexico (Movistar)