Altan Redes, the consortium which operates Mexico’s Red Compartida open access 700MHz network, is seeking an extension of its final rollout obligation, El Universal reports. As per the article, Altan Redes hopes to postpone the long-agreed 92.2% coverage metric from 2024 to 2028. In a statement to the newspaper, the consortium explained: ‘[Red Compartida] recently agreed to a capital increase and is advancing the redesign of the project with the confidence of its shareholders, clients and the government of Mexico.’
The report adds that Red Compartida now supports 2.6 million wholesale connections, up from 1.7 million at end-December 2020. The wholesale operator has signed up more than 60 MVNO clients to date, including the likes of Megacable, Grupo Televisa–backed Izzi Movil and Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica.
TeleGeography notes that Red Compartida currently covers 70.109 million people, or 62.41% of the population (data from April 2021). The operator missed its January 2021 target, which was 70%. As per its original licence agreement, the network must cover 85% of the population by January 2022, 88.2% by January 2023 and 92.2% of the population by January 2024.