ALTAN Redes, the consortium behind the rollout of Mexico’s open access 700MHz network deployment, has announced that its footprint now covers 45% of the Mexican population, following launches in Tuxtla Gutierrez and Villahermosa earlier this month. The cities are said to be the first locations in south-east Mexico to receive 700MHz coverage, and join Cuernavaca and Veracruz, where the network went live in May. The four new markets are home to a combined 2.8 million inhabitants.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Red Compartida – which has exclusive access to a 90MHz block of spectrum in the 700MHz band – went live in March 2018, covering 32.2% of the population at launch. Initial locations covered by the infrastructure are understood to include parts of Mexico City, Nuevo Leon, Jalisco, Puebla, Michoacan, Colima, Nayarit, Aguascalientes and Guanajuato.
Going forward, the network must cover 50% of the population by January 2020, and 92.2% of the population by 2024.