Totalplay mulling over Mexican wholesale network tender

Mexican broadcast giant Totalplay could enter the upcoming tender to build Mexico’s proposed $7 billion nationwide mobile broadband network.

Totalplay, which provides pay TV, Internet and fixed-line services throughout Mexico, wants to get a better idea of the scope of the project before making a commitment, according to CEO Eduardo Kuri.

The wholesale network was enshrined in the country’s 2013 constitution as a means of fostering further competition in the mobile market, which was dominated by America Movil. Regulatory reforms introduced in 2013 aimed at reducing the power of monopolies have largely seen success.

Larger operators such as Telefonica and AT&T – which entered the market by purchasing Nextel and Iusacell – are being encouraged to buy capacity on the wholesale network.

Totalplay would fall into this category; it has 200,000 residential customers as well as 50,000 business customers. Along with America Movil and Grupo Televisa, the group is one of Mexico’s largest broadcasters.

Mexico has wound down the total cost of the tender from $10 billion to $7 billion as a direct result of the improved competition in the market, but this does not affect the requirements for the winner. The highest bidder will still be required to deploy and run the wholesale network using a 90MHz block in the 700MHz band.

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