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Mexico: Cuts to boost wholesale mobile network plan

 |  May 31, 2015

The government of Mexico recently slashed its planned expenditure from $10 billion to $7 billion for the proposed deployment of nationwide wholesale mobile network over the next 10 years. In 2014, the government had undertaken this massive project to instil competition in the highly monopolistic telecom industry.

Small-scale telecom operators can use this state-owned network for their wireless coverage instead of installing their own network which is highly capital intensive. The Mexican government will allocate 90 MHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz band for the creation of a wholesale mobile network.

The primary reason for the cut in planned expenditure is that the government now believes that 12,000 mobile towers will be sufficient for installing this network instead of 20,000 cell towers as estimated earlier.

Full content: Reuters

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