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Red Compartida 700MHz wholesale network launches ahead of schedule

22 Mar 2018

Mexican consortium ALTAN Redes has confirmed that ‘Red Compartida’, the country’s 700MHz 4G wholesale network, has gone live slightly ahead of schedule, covering 32.2% of the population. Locations covered by the infrastructure from launch include parts of Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Toluca, Queretaro, Puebla, Morelia, Colima, Tepic, Aguascalientes and Celaya.

The wholesale network – which has exclusive access to a 90MHz block of spectrum in the 700MHz band – was scheduled to be operational no later than 31 March 2018, by which date it was obliged to cover at least 30% of the country’s population. Going forward, the network must cover 50% of the population by 2020, and 92.2% of the population by 2024.

In November 2016 the Secretariat of Communications and Transport (Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes, SCT), selected ALTAN Redes – a consortium including Axtel, Megacable, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Dutch and Chinese investors – as the winner of the wholesale network tender. ALTAN was left as the only eligible bidder after its sole competitor, New York-based Rivada Networks, was disqualified for failing to meet the necessary financial obligations to compete.

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