Movistar aims to launch 5G over AT&T networks

24 May 2022

Telefonica Moviles Mexico (Movistar) seeks to leverage its existing network sharing agreement with AT&T Mexico to offer 5G services to its 24 million subscribers. In an interview with Milenio, CEO Camilo Aya commented: ‘We are starting our plan to do tests and start the deployment as well. We are going to use the coverage that AT&T uses. As they launch in these cities, we will launch the service.’

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in November 2019 Movistar signed a ‘last mile wireless capacity access agreement’ with AT&T, which allowed it to gain access to capacity on the US-owned telco’s nationwide 3G and 4G networks as well as any future access network technologies. As of 31 March 2022 Telefonica confirmed that 80% of its network traffic had been successfully migrated onto AT&T’s networks.

AT&T switched on a limited 2.5GHz 5G network covering the Cuauhtemoc and the Napoles districts of Mexico City in December 2021. The cellco intends to expand its 5G coverage on a gradual basis by end-2024, starting with industrial and urban areas.