On 5 January 2021 Telefonica Moviles Mexico (Movistar) confirmed that the first stage of its network migration project is now complete, meaning that subscribers in Regions 1, 3 and 4 are now connected to AT&T Mexico’s infrastructure. States included in this footprint include Baja California Norte, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Durango, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas. Movistar notes that an additional 38 cities have been connected to AT&T’s LTE network, including the likes of Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco and Cordoba, bringing 4G access to a further 6.2 million citizens. The second phase of the migration process will take place during 2021.
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.