Nextel Mexico, America Movil unit sign pact

US wireless communications provider NII Holdings subsidiary Nextel Mexico has signed a network interconnection agreement with a unit of mobile operator America Movil SAB, an Associated Press report said.

'This agreement is an important step for Nextel Mexico in its effort to achieve full mobile interconnection recognition by all carriers in Mexico,' NII Holdings, quoted by the report in a statement, said.

Last month, Mexico's telecommunications regulator ordered mobile operators Telefonica Mexico, Grupo Iusacell and the Telcel unit of America Movil SAB to provide interconnection to Operadora de Comunicaciones, a subsidiary of Nextel Mexico, the Associated Press report said.

Nextel Mexico, which offers specialized digital trunking services, so-called push-to-talk technology, is the country's smallest wireless carrier, with nearly 2 million subscribers as of the end of September, the report said.

Market leader Telcel had about 74% of the country's 64.6 million wireless users at the end of the third quarter, the report added.