Reports have emerged in Mexico suggesting Movistar has tweaked its planned 2G shutdown date, which is now set to take place on 1 January 2021. TeleGeography notes that Movistar commenced the deactivation of its 2G network on 31 March 2019. The phased process got underway in Merida – the largest city in the Yucatan state – before being extended to other areas. The process was originally set to conclude in Mexico City on 30 September 2020, but this date now appears to have been extended.
In November 2019 Movistar signed a ‘last mile wireless capacity access agreement’ with AT&T Mexico, which allowed it to gain access to capacity on the US-owned operator’s nationwide 3G and 4G networks as well as any future access network technologies. The deal allowed Movistar to return its entire holding of 1900MHz and 2500MHz spectrum in 1Q20, generating around USD100 million and terminating the coverage obligations attached to the 2500MHz band. When Movistar’s 2G network is shut down, the telco will be solely reliant on AT&T’s infrastructure for connectivity.