AT&T telecommunications company plans to invest US$3 billion to expand high-speed mobile Internet service to 100 million people in Mexico by 2018. The announcement was made by AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson after a meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto.
“We plan to offer quality and high speed service in Mexico, creating the first mobile service area in North America. It will reach over 400 million people and businesses in Mexico and the United States. This network will link our countries, economies, peoples and cultures in an unprecedented way,” he said.
Stephenson said that the reforms led by the federal government, with the support of Congress and the Federal Telecommunications Institute (Ifetel), have allowed AT&T to invest in an advanced mobile network in Mexico.
“Productive investment is incremented by a well-planned and responsible regulatory context, like the one being built in Mexico today. When companies invest, either to grow or to improve the services they offer to consumers and/or businesses, they create jobs. It’s a simple formula but one of great impact,” declared Stephenson.
AT&T expects that the first phase of its mobile network technology will be completed in the next six months in order to cover 40 million Mexicans, a third of the population.
“The mobile Internet in the U.S. created an engine of economic growth. As we extend it into Mexico, we believe it will do the same here,” said Stephenson.
By the end of 2016, the operator expects its mobile network to reach 75 million people, almost two-thirds of the population to achieve reach 100 million people by the end of 2018.
“Beyond accelerating economic growth, the mobile Internet is about changing the way people live and work, keeping families better connected, opening up new educational and health care opportunities, and strengthening and empowering communities.”
Next month, the company plans to launch new mobile service plans tailored to Mexican clients allowing users to use voice, data and text in the United States.
“Users will be able to use ‘community minutes’ to call family and friends who are in the AT&T network in the United States. The same phone and the same plan in both countries,” said the AT&T CEO.
The carrier also plans to launch Google Play billing in Mexico, the first in a Latin American country. Customers with Android devices will be able to download apps, books, movies, music and games in a simple way, without using a credit card, charged to their monthly bill.
AT&T will also be the first wireless carrier in Mexico to work with the nationwide initiative Amber Alert to locate missing persons.
Moreover, Stephenson said that one of the goals of the company is to become one of the best employers in Mexico. To accomplish this, the company will introduce several programs to support and train their workforce.
“Next year, AT&T will offer support for the payment of school tuition so that its employees can seek educational opportunities that allow them to advance in their careers“, Stephenson concluded.
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