Showing posts with label Mexico. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mexico. Show all posts

Monday, January 19, 2015

AT&T's Acquisition on Iusacell Provides Access to Mexico

AT&T completed its previously announced acquisition of  Iusacell, a leading Mexican mobile operator, from Grupo Salinas for US$2.5 billion, inclusive of Iusacell debt. 

The deal includes all of Iusacell’s wireless properties, including licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 8.6 million subscribers.

“The quick approval of this deal is one more example of why Mexico is an attractive place to invest,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “We look forward to bringing more wireless competition to Mexico along with an improved mobile Internet experience for customers. Expanding and enhancing Iusacell’s mobile network to cover millions of additional consumers and businesses is our top priority.”

 With its acquisition of Iusacell, AT&T plans to create the first-ever North American Mobile Service area covering more than 400 million consumers and businesses in Mexico and the United States. “It won’t matter which country you’re in or which country you’re calling – it will all be one network, one customer experience,” said Stephenson.

Iusacell offers wireless service under both the Iusacell and Unefón brand names with a network that today covers about 70 percent of Mexico’s approximately 120 million people. AT&T plans to expand Iusacell’s network to cover millions of additional consumers and businesses in Mexico.

Iusacell operates a 3G  GSM/UMTS network based on the same technology that AT&T uses in the United States. Iusacell owns between 20 and 25 MHz of 800 MHz spectrum, primarily in the southern half of the country, including Mexico City and Guadalajara, and an average of 39MHz of PCS spectrum nationwide.

Iusacell will continue to be headquartered in Mexico City. F. Thaddeus Arroyo, a 19-year AT&T executive, has been named to lead Iusacell as its Chief Executive Officer.


http://about.att.com/story/att_completes_acquisition_of_iusacell.html

Sunday, November 9, 2014

AT&T Bets on Mexico with Acquisition of Iusacell

AT&T agreed to acquire Iusacell, a leading Mexican mobile operator, from Grupo Salinas for US$2.5 billion, inclusive of Iusacell debt. The deal includes all of Iusacell’s wireless properties, including licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 8.6 million subscribers. The acquisition will occur after Grupo Salinas, the current owner of 50 percent of Iusacell, closes its announced purchase of the other 50 percent of Iusacell that Grupo Salinas does not own today.

Iusacell offers wireless service under both the Iusacell and Unefón brand names with a network that today covers about 70 percent of Mexico’s approximately 120 million people. AT&T plans to expand Iusacell’s network to cover millions of additional consumers and businesses in Mexico.

Iusacell operates a 3G  GSM/UMTS network based on the same technology that AT&T uses in the United States. Iusacell owns between 20 and 25 MHz of 800 MHz spectrum, primarily in the southern half of the country, including Mexico City and Guadalajara, and an average of 39MHz of PCS spectrum nationwide. Iusacell’s Total Play business, including the network assets to support pay TV and wireline broadband services will be spun out to Grupo Salinas’ existing shareholders prior to AT&T closing its acquisition of Iusacell.

AT&T cited recent changes to government policies in Mexico that have created a friendly climate for foreign investment.  AT&T plans to create a North American Mobile Service area for U.S. customers calling or visiting Mexico, and Mexican customers calling or visiting the United States.

“Our acquisition of Iusacell is a direct result of the reforms put in place by President Peña Nieto to encourage more competition and more investment in Mexico. Those reforms together with the country’s strong economic outlook, growing population and growing middle class make Mexico an attractive place to invest,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “Iusacell gives us a unique opportunity to create the first-ever North American Mobile Service area covering over 400 million consumers and businesses in Mexico and the United States. It won’t matter which country you’re in or which country you’re calling – it will all be one network, one customer experience.

“Mexico is still in the early stages of mobile Internet capabilities and adoption, but customer demand for it is growing rapidly,” Stephenson said. “This is an opportunity for us to provide Iusacell the financial resources, scale and expertise to accelerate the roll-out of world-class mobile Internet speeds and quality in Mexico, like we have in the United States.”

Iusacell will continue to be headquartered in Mexico City following the transaction closing.

The transaction is subject to review by Mexico’s telecom regulator IFT (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones) and Mexico’s National Foreign Investments Commission.

http://about.att.com/story/att_to_acquire_mexico_wireless_provider_iusacell.html

In 2011, AT&T sold its 49% stake in Mexico's Alestra, giving ALFA 100% control of the firm. Financial terms were not disclosed. Alestra offers a range of business-class services, including converged communications, hosting and cloud capabilities. The company operates a 40 Gbps fiber network spanning 6,700 kms. across Mexico, including 1,750 kms of metro rings.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

América Móvil to Sell Majority Share of Mexican Assets

América Móvil announced plans to sell the majority interest (over 50%) of its operations in Mexico in order to cease being a "preponderant economic agent" as defined by new laws intended to break up the telecom monopolies in the nation.

The intended sales concern América Móvil's fixed line business, TelMex, and its mobile network, Telcel.  Carlos Slim is the largest stakeholder in América Móvil.

As part of the plan, all cellular cites (base stations), including towers and related passive infrastructure, will be separated from Telcel so that they may serve on a wholesale basis to all interested parties.

América Móvil's TelMex division also ratified a commercial agreement with Dish México in anticipation of offering pay television service once its regulated status as preponderant economic agent is cleared.

http://www.americamovil.com/amx/en/cm/news/2014/08072014.pdf


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Cisco Looks to Expand Customer Financing in Latin America

Cisco Capital has established operations in Mexico, expanding its financing capabilities in Latin America.

Cisco plans to provide direct local financing to customers, beginning in Mexico, complementing its existing network of financing partners in the region.

“This represents a significant milestone for Cisco Capital and our customers in Latin America,” said Kristine A. Snow, president of Cisco Capital. “This is the first time we have had direct operations in this region, which will help Mexican businesses acquire new technologies with flexible and competitive direct financing options, including local currency offers.”

http://www.cisco.com

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mexico's Alestra Implements 400G DWDM with ALU

Alestra has implemented Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) platform in its network in Mexico to support channel speeds of 400 Gigabits per second.  The 400G capability has already been tested in Alestra's live network.

“Once again Alestra revolutionizes ICTs optimizing our network to provide the most innovative solutions of Telecommunications and Informatics to the Mexican market. With the deployment of Alestra network leveraging Alcatel-Lucent technology, once again reinforce our offer and our commitment to the industry, making us the first supplier on the continent able to provide businesses with the best value proposition in terms of bandwidth,” said Alejandro Irigoyen, Director of Operations and Systems Alestra.

“The DWDM solution based on the 1830 PSS provides Alestra greater efficiency, flexibility and the scalability required to continue to innovate and lead in corporate services in the Mexican market. With this new network, Alestra will deliver services of up to 400 Gbps between two points on the network, providing greater capabilities in its transport services at the same time that it ensures the successful evolution to cloud services,” said Freddy Turriaf, Commercial Director of Alcatel-Lucent in Mexico.

http://www.alestra.com.mx
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Friday, March 7, 2014

Mexico' Grupo Pochteca Picks Cisco Unified Computing System

Cisco announced customer for its Unified Computing System - Grupo Pochteca, one of the largest distributors of industrial raw materials in Mexico and part of Latin America.

Grupo Pochteca's newest data center will use Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) servers , NetApp storage (FAS3220 HA systems) within the FlexPod architecture, and Cisco Networking and Security Appliance for a private cloud.

FlexPod is a converged computing, networking and storage solution developed by Cisco and NetApp. FlexPod components include Cisco UCS servers, NetApp unified storage systems, and Cisco Nexus networking fabric.

Cisco said Pochteca is achieving time and cost savings through snapshot technology for backups, quick server (physical and virtual) provisioning through UCS service profiles and NetApp’s FAS3220 Storage Platforms, and virtualization.

http://www.cisco.com

Monday, February 10, 2014

Mexico's Alestra Opens Cloud Data Center

Alestra inaugurated its fifth data center in Mexico.

The new facility in the city of Querétaro will support the carrier's cloud services.  Alestra boasts claims its new data center achieves a PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) of between 1.2 y 1.5, among the lowest in Mexico.

http://www.alestra.mx/

Friday, January 24, 2014

Cisco to Expand Its Presence in Mexico

At a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Cisco CEO John Chambers confirmed plans to expand Cisco's presence in Mexico, including the recently announced Cisco Support Center, the expansion of manufacturing of advanced technology products, and the expansion of the Cisco Networking Academy program. Cisco anticipates direct and indirect investment of up to US $1.35 billion during 2014.

Cisco will expand sourcing of advanced technology products in Mexico through world-class contract manufacturers. Additionally, the investment will cover the recently announced Cisco Support Center (CSC) in Mexico City, which will support local and regional operations and create the capacity to service customers in the Spanish language.

Cisco is also expanding its Networking Academy program to help Mexico increase the pool of high skills workers required to support Mexico's growing technology sector. Cisco Networking Academy in Mexico is one of the largest programs for Cisco worldwide, with more than 50,000 students enrolled in 300 academies nationwide. The Networking Academy is a cloud-delivered, scalable, high-quality program that helps students develop the practical skills needed to design, build, secure and maintain computer networks.

Cisco started operations in Mexico in 1993; it has more than 600 employees working on sales, services and support in offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey, and in Cd. Juarez focused on Cisco manufacturing operations. Business partners employs over 5800 Mexicans dedicated to Cisco production.  

http://thenetwork.cisco.com

Monday, January 13, 2014

Telefónica Signs 3G Wholesale Deal with Nextel In Brazil And Mexico

Telefónica will provide wholesale 3G access to NII Holdings' Nextel subsidiaries in Brazil and Mexico.

The network sharing deal will provide nationwide voice and data coverage services in Brazil and Mexico for Nextel customers.

"The agreement allows both companies to capture the benefits derived from the optimization of infrastructure investment while maintaining the current market structure in both Brazil and Mexico," said Santiago Fernandez Valbuena, Chairman and CEO of Telefonica Latin America. "It is another example of Telefonica's effort to optimize resource usage, improve profitability of the businesses and increase financial flexibility."

"Our new agreements with Telefonica will enhance our service offerings by giving us the ability to provide our 3G customers in Brazil and Mexico with services in more areas in those markets," said Steve Shindler, NII Holdings' Chief Executive Officer. "Our access to Telefonica's networks under these agreements will also allow us to utilize Telefonica's networks as we continue to expand our own coverage footprint to provide our customers with service that meets their needs."

Telefónica said the agreements reached with Nextel are in line with its other recent announcements, such as the agreement signed with Millicom to deploy 4G-LTE networks in Colombia, the MVNO deals with Virgin Mobile in Mexico, Chile and Colombia and the agreement with lusacell for reciprocal use of wholesale services in Mexico that started in 2012.

http://www.telefonica.es
http://www.nii.com/

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Mexico's TELMEX Launches Enterprise Cloud Service based on Cisco

TELMEX has launched a Private Enterprise Virtual Data Center service under a technology partnership with Cisco.

The new TELMEX service provides clients with access to a whole network, security and computing resources infrastructure that can be used as an extension of their current Data Center, as a new Data Center connected to their private network, or as a backup of their operations.  Customers can manage their own Virtual Data Center resources through a self-provisioning and self-management portal, supported by Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), Cisco Nexus and Cisco ASA. solution (Adaptive Security Appliance).

http://www.cisco.com
http://www.telmex.com/web/empresas

Saturday, August 10, 2013

American Tower Acquires Tower Sites in Mexico and Brazil

American Tower Corporation will acquire up to 2,790 towers in Brazil and 1,666 towers in Mexico from NII Holdings for approximately $413 million and $398 million, respectively.

American Tower said the majority of the portfolio consists of towers located in and around major population areas and along major highways. On average, the towers have a tenancy ratio of just over one tenant per tower, with Nextel Brazil or Nextel Mexico as the primary tenant, providing significant opportunities for future site leasing growth.

Both Nextel Brazil and Nextel Mexico have agreed to leaseback the towers from American Tower for a minimum 12-year initial lease term with additional renewal options thereafter. NII International Telecom S.C.A, a subsidiary of NII based in Luxembourg, has agreed to provide certain credit support with respect to the obligations of Nextel Brazil.

"Through this acquisition, American Tower will gain significant incremental scale in our Mexican and Brazilian operations, and we anticipate leveraging the strong demand backdrop in both markets to drive meaningful revenue and cash flow growth for many years to come," stated Jim Taiclet, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Tower.

American Tower currently owns and operates over 56,000 communications sites in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, India, Mexico, Peru, South Africa and Uganda.

http://www.americantower.com

Friday, August 9, 2013

KIO Opens Data Centers in Mexico and Guatemala

KIO Networks inaugurated two new data centers in Mexico.


KIO/5.6 is a Tier IV facility located in the Santa Fe neighborhood of Mexico City. It offers approximately 65,000 sq/ft of capacity.

KIO/Q is also a Tier IV facility and is located on a campus in the city of Querétaro, where KIO operates four other data centers.

The building brings KIO's total to 500,000 square feet of space in its 14 operational data centers in México, Guatemala and Panamá.

https://www.kionetworks.com/es/acerca-de-kio-es/noticias/


  • In July 2013, KIO Networks opened its first data center in Guatemala. The $20 million facility measures 2,500 m2 and offers both colocation and cloud services.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Eutelsat Acquires SatMex to Expand Latin America Coverage

Paris-based Eutelsat Communications announced a deal to acquire 100% of Satmex for US$831 million, representing an enterprise value of US$1,142 million when considering the company's debt.

Based in Mexico, Satmex operates three satellites at contiguous positions, 113.0° West (Satmex 6), 114.9° West (Satmex 5) and 116.8° West (Satmex 8) that cover 90% of the population of the Americas. The company benefits from frequency rights in C and Ku-bands and was granted Ka-band rights in 2012. It has an 11% market share in Latin America where it enjoys a strong franchise in corporate data networks and cellular backhaul.

Eutelsat said this acquisition, together with the recently ordered EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite, will position it as a major satellite operator in Latin America, reflecting its strategy to expand in high growth markets.

Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO, said: "With Satmex’s strategic orbital slots, state of the art fleet and upcoming satellites, Eutelsat is gaining a robust platform from which to access the significant opportunities in this region. Via these two strategic steps, we are significantly upscaling our presence in Latin America to complement our footprint in fast-growing markets, and securing future sources of growth and value creation."

http://www.eutelsat.com/home/news/communiques-de-presse/press-list-container/eutelsat-communications-scales-u.html

http://www.satmex.com/


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Mexico Undertakes Telecom Reform

Mexico will undertake a structural reform of its telecom sector after its Congress voted almost overwhelming to create a new regulatory autonomous body with the power to revoke licenses of monopolies.  


Carlos Slim's America Movil holds an estimated 80% of the wireline sector and 70% of the wireless sector.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mexico's Metrored Picks Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform


Metrored has selected Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic Coherent Optical Processors to support a new international long-haul link between Mexico and the United States.

The upgraded connection will operate at 40 Gbps with seamless evolution to 100G when needed. This additional capacity will allow Metrored to support the delivery of high-bandwidth applications like high-speed Internet, IPTV, HD programming and mobile video phones.

Metrored, which owns and manages one of the largest networks in Mexico, has been a Ciena customer for many years.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.ciena.com
http://www.metrored.com

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Huawei Confirms Role in Telcel's LTE Launch in Mexico

Huawei confirmed that América Móvil has deployed its LTE equipment in the network of Telcel Mexico.

Telcel is using Huawei's SingleRAN LTE solution to build a Heterogenous Network (HetNet), which will greatly enhance network spectrum utilization and end-user data transfer speeds.  During the launch ceremony earlier this month, Huawei's Ascend P1 smartphone and Huawei's LTE broadband modem E397 device were also displayed.

Telcel's initial rollout covers parts of nine cities, with plans to expand to 26 markets next year to reach 65% of the country's population.

http://www.huawei.com
http://www.telcel.com

Telcel's LTE service officially launched on 06-November-2012 in Mexico DF, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Querétaro, Puebla, Ciudad Juárez, Tijuana, Hermosillo and Mérida. Ericsson is the key LTE supplier for the Telcel network in Mexico.  Ericsson's contract covers deployment of RBS6000 base stations for LTE in multiple bands.  The deal also includes the Evolved Packet Core with Home Subscriber Server (HSS) for user data management and SGSN-MME as the mobility management entity that handles control signaling and traffic and can be used for all three generations of mobile data services. Ericsson will also deliver Operating Support Systems (OSS).

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

América Móvil Launches LTE in Mexico with Ericsson



América Móvil's Telcel brand officially launched its LTE service in Mexico.

The service delivers downstream rates of up to 20 Mbps.  Telcel said its initial rollout covers 30 zones in nine of the country's largest cities: Mexico DF, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Querétaro, Puebla, Ciudad Juárez, Tijuana, Hermosillo and Mérida.



Telcel has about 69 million subscribers it has an estimated market share of about 77% in wireless services in Mexico.

Ericsson is the key LTE supplier for the Telcel network in Mexico.  Ericsson's contract covers deployment of RBS6000 base stations for LTE in multiple bands.  The deal also includes the Evolved Packet Core with Home Subscriber Server (HSS) for user data management and SGSN-MME as the mobility management entity that handles control signaling and traffic and can be used for all three generations of mobile data services. Ericsson will also deliver Operating Support Systems (OSS). Financial terms were not disclosed.




Sunday, October 28, 2012

América Móvil Hits 319 Million Accesses

Mexico-based América Móvil finished was serving 319 million accesses as of the end of September 2012,  up by 4.1 million wireless subscribers and 1.6 million fixed-line revenue generating units (RGUs) in the third quarter. This figure includes 255.9 million wireless subscribers, 30.3 million landlines, 16.7 million broadband accesses and 15.8 million PayTV units. Fixed-line accesses increased 11.3% year-on-year while the wireless subscriber base was up 6.0%.

América Móvil  third quarter revenues were 193 billion pesos (US$14.8 billion), up 4.5% from the year before.  The yearly comparison is affected by the appreciation of the Mexican peso vis-à-vis the dollar and other currencies. At constant exchange rates, the company's service revenues increased 6.1% year-on-year— practically the same pace seen the prior quarter — driven by mobile data and PayTV revenues.

América Móvil's net debt totaled 363 billion pesos at the end of the quarter, equivalent to 1.4
times EBITDA (last twelve months).

Capital expenditures amounted to 81.7 billion pesos *(US$6.28 billion).

América Móvil operates under the "Claro" brand in most of its markets.  In the U.S., it owns TracFone.

http://www.americamovil.com/amx/en/cm/reports/Q/3Q12_VF.pdf




Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mexico's Cablevision Implements 100G with ALU

Cablevision, one of the largest cable operators in Mexico, will upgrade its transmission network to 100G to support services like high-definition streaming video, high-speed web access and advanced business applications.

Alcatel-Lucent is supplying Cablevision with 100G next-generation coherent technology, supported by the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS). Cablevision’s network infrastructure represents the first 100G network being deployed in Mexico.
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com 
 http://www.cablevision.net.mx/

Monday, April 9, 2012

FTTH Connections in North America Surpass 8 Million, up 13% YoY

The number of North American households served directly by fiber grew by 13 percent over the past year, according to the Fiber-to-the-Home Council Americas and figures prepared by the market analyst firm RVA LLC.


The newly released figures show that 900,000 households across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean were upgraded to FTTH service since April 2011, as the total number of North American homes with all-fiber connections surged past eight million. The figures showed that FTTH is now being offered to 19.3 million homes on the continent.


Some highlights of the report:

  • The U.S. accounts for about 95 percent of FTTH households in North America, while Canada is 3% and Mexico is 2%.


  • Verizon continues to be by far the largest FTTH provider on the continent by far.


  • The number of FTTH network operators in North America is nearing 1,000, thanks to the increasing number of small and medium-sized incumbent telephone companies, most located in rural and small town areas. The vast majority of these FTTH network operators serve fewer than 10,000 subscribers.


  • On average, government supported FTTH stimulus projects are now 38 percent complete, with indications that many will start connecting subscribers this year.


  • There is growing activity among FTTH providers in fiber to the cell tower construction, with more than 1500 towers connected by small, single state providers in 2011.


"The notion that the upgrade to FTTH can be a catalyst for economic development is precisely what is driving this enormous interest in high-speed fiber we are seeing at the community level across North America," said Heather Burnett Gold, President of the FTTH Council Americas. "Civic leaders in communities of all sizes have a sense that more bandwidth means more opportunities for economic progress."http://www.ftthcouncil.org