Mexico telecom regulator Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones' (Ifetel) move to give competitors equal access to Telmex's last mile network to other providers could usher in a new era of competition from local providers and even AT&T, which is making a big push into the country via its pending DirecTV deal.
Hannes Ametsreiter this week resigned from his position as CEO of the Telekom Austria group in what was described as a surprise move, marking the end of his long tenure at the América Móvil-owned operator.
AT&T is aiming to rent space on cell towers in Mexico from Telesites, the company that was spun off this spring from América Móvil, according to a Bloomberg report.
As it gets ready to face off against AT&T's eventual move into Mexico's TV market, América Móvil plans to build a new $50 billion fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network.
AT&T is going to be in for a long haul in terms of upgrading its wireless network in Mexico. It will take "a couple of years" to reshape and improve the business in Mexico, according to AT&T Mexico CEO Thaddeus Arroyo.
While América Móvil says its first-quarter wireline revenues rose 9.2 percent in the first quarter, it wasn't enough to offset the company's 42 percent profit decline.
Telekom Austria detailed plans to cut the number of managers in its South East Europe operations, as part of a reorganisation that will align regional management with parent América Móvil's approach.
América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, lost 318,000 total customers in the first quarter, which it blamed largely on disconnections it had to make related to its participation in the federal Lifeline phone program.
América Móvil shareholders on Friday approved a plan to spin off the company's wireless tower assets into a new company called Telesites. The new firm will lease space on the 10,800 towers it controls to competitors of América Móvil, as most of the towers can support equipment from multiple carriers.
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