Movistar joins AT&T in disclosing 2G shutdown plans

4 Feb 2019

Hot on the heels of AT&T Mexico’s recent disclosure that it intends to deactivate its legacy 2G network in the coming months, larger rival Telefonica Moviles Mexico (Movistar) has now revealed plans to switch off its own 2G platforms. The plans were confirmed by Alfonso Hernandez Maya, the General Coordinator of User Policy at the Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT), who told El Economista that both cellcos had formally notified the watchdog of their intentions.

TeleGeography notes that Movistar’s 1900MHz GSM network went live back in 2002 and was subsequently augmented with GPRS (2003) and EDGE (2004) technology. 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 and deactivated the former Nextel iDEN network in the second half of 2017. As such, the 2G network in question refers to the GSM network launched by Iusacell in August 2010 and offered via the Unefon sub-brand.