16 Jan 2019
AT&T Mexico has revealed that it plans to switch off its legacy 2G network in ‘the coming months’, as it seeks to repurpose the spectrum to support its 4G LTE networks. Mexican business daily El Economista cites an unnamed company official as saying that less than 1% of its 17.3 million-strong user base is still reliant on the 2G service for connectivity. The official added: ‘We are committed to working closely with each one of them – to facilitate this transition and offer them an alternative.’
TeleGeography notes that AT&T Mexico – which was created via the double takeover of Iusacell and Nextel in 2015 – shut down the former Iusacell CDMA networks in October 2016, while it is understood that the former Nextel iDEN network was deactivated in the second half of 2017. As such, the ‘2G’ network in question is likely to refer to the GSM network launched by Iusacell in August 2010 and offered via the Unefon sub-brand.
AT&T Mobility formally discontinued its US 2G service on 1 January 2017.