AT&T Mexico has agreed a national roaming deal with America Movil (AM)-backed market leader Telcel, Reuters reports, without supplying any additional details. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Movistar inked a national roaming agreement with Telcel in late-2016. The pact, which took effect in December that year, is believed to cover some 1,500 towns where Movistar has yet to roll out infrastructure.
AT&T Mexico was created following back-to-back acquisitions of Iusacell and Nextel in 2015. While the US parent has overhauled the two acquired businesses at an impressive pace – and recently claimed that its new LTE network now covers some 85 million people – it remains well adrift of Telcel in terms of end-users. Indeed, AT&T claimed 13.082 million Mexican customers at 30 June 2017, compared to the larger operator’s 73.099 million-strong user base.