ALTAN Redes, the Mexican consortium in charge of deploying ‘Red Compartida’ – the country’s nationwide 700MHz LTE wholesale network – has reportedly agreed an infrastructure-sharing deal with America Movil (AM)-backed Telcel. Joaquin Coronado, director and general manager of ALTAN Redes, told El Universal that the agreement means that the operator could potentially exceed its regulator-stipulated coverage targets (see below) at launch.
As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in November 2016 the Secretariat of Communications and Transport (Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes, SCT), selected ALTAN – a consortium including Axtel, Megacable, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Dutch and Chinese investors – as the winner of the wholesale network tender. ALTAN was left as the only eligible bidder after its sole competitor, New York-based Rivada Networks, was disqualified for failing to meet the necessary financial obligations to compete.
The wholesale network – which has exclusive access to a 90MHz block of spectrum in the 700MHz band – is scheduled to be operational by 31 March 2018, by which date it must cover at least 30% of the country’s population. Nokia will take charge of the rollout in five service regions, while Huawei has been awarded the contract covering the remaining four regions. Further, Huawei will provide the network backbone, while Nokia will roll out the network core.