Totalplay interested in Mexico’s $7B mobile network tender – Mobile World Live

Totalplay interested in Mexico’s $7B mobile network tender

03 JUL 2015

The CEO of Mexico’s pay TV, Internet and fixed-line operator Totalplay said the company may participate in a tender to build a $7 billion wholesale national mobile broadband network, according to Reuters.

CEO Eduardo Kuri added that the company wants to understand the project before making a decision.

The network, which is backed by the country’s transport and communications ministry, makes use of valuable spectrum and was written into the constitution in 2013 to stimulate retail competition in the mobile market, which has been dominated by America Movil.

The Reuters report says the aim is to sell capacity to operators like Telefonica and AT&T, which entered the market with the purchases of Nextel and Iusacell.

With around around 200,000 residential subscribers and 50,000 government and business customers, Totalplay, owned by Mexican billionaire Ricardo Salinas, competes with Grupo Televisa and Carlos Slim’s America Movil.

In May, Mexico reportedly cut the cost of the proposed tender from $10 billion to $7 billion, in recognition that competition has improved under reforms led by President Enrique Pena Nieto, but the ministry still wants the the winner to build and operate a wholesale network using 90MHz of spectrum in the 700MHz frequency band.

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