Mexico‘s wireless telecommunications sector is dominated by the domination of América Móvil’s Telcel, which controls about 70% of the market. That domination by a single carrier had pushed government regulators to implement plans to improve the competitive landscape, though the efforts have so far seen few results.
Those plans have included controversial decisions that have been tripped up by contrasting political interests and by a tendency for operators to appeal regulatory decisions in court, starting endless legal disputes.
In many ways the Mexican telecom sector is very similar to the others Latin American countries. Prepaid penetration is much higher than postpaid services – Mexico government regulator Cofetel reported there were 83.3 million prepaid customers and 13.7 million postpaid customers in the country at the end of the third quarter of 2011. Despite its dominance, prepaid growth has begun to stagnate, with some predicting the segment will remain relatively flat in the near term.
When it comes to technology, 2G continues to dominate, though increased penetration of smartphones is beginning to push customers towards 3G services. At the end of the third quarter, 3G customers totaled approximately 8.1 million of the country’s total customer base of 97 million subscribers.
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