Mexico’s America Movil said on Tuesday it has launched 5G services in 18 Mexican cities and plans to spend $1.8 billion to kick off what regulators have said will become the largest 5G commercial network in Latin America.
Reuters.- About 1 million Mexicans are now connected to the 5G network from subsidiary Telcel, part of the company owned by the family of billionaire Carlos Slim, executives told a news conference.
Service plans will be available for users to upgrade as of next week, executives said. An estimated 40 million people will be connected to Telcel’s 5G in the initial phase, which includes the vast capital of Mexico City and two other major urban hubs, Monterrey and Guadalajara.
The company hopes to expand to 120 Mexican cities by the end of the year. Mexico had an estimated 84.1 million users online in 2020, according to its statistics agency.
“This new technology will change the way we live, work, learn, interact and have fun,” America Movil Chief Executive Daniel Hajj said.
He said the company has no plans to retire its 2G and 3G networks for the moment.
Mexico’s telecommunications regulator cleared Telcel to launch the 5G network earlier this month. Telcel spokesman Renato Flores said the company had been anticipating the approval, allowing for a quick rollout.
The company said the network will allow “better, longer-distance connectivity, minimal latency and higher speed,” with Hajj saying web surfing would be 20 time faster.