AT&T plans to invest approximately US$3 billion to extend its high-speed, mobile Internet service to Mexico, covering 100 million people in Mexico by year-end 2018. This is an extension to the US$4.4 billion invested by AT&T earlier this year to acquire Iusacell and NEXTEL Mexico. The Operator plans to replicate the mobile Internet growth in the U.S., creating similar engine of economic growth in Mexico.
AT&T expects the first phase of its state-of-the-art, high-speed mobile network to be completed in the next six months and to cover 40 million Mexicans, about one-third of the population. By the end of 2016, AT&T expects its mobile Internet service to reach 75 million people and targets to hit 100 million by year-end 2018.
AT&T will also offer other features for its customers in Mexico, including Google Play billing, a first in Latin America. Customers with Google Android devices can download apps, books, movies, music and games with just one click — no credit cards needed — and have it added to their monthly wireless bills.
Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO, AT&T
We are building a network in Mexico that is capable of bringing innovation and economic vitality to the country, just as we have done in the U.S. We plan to deliver high-quality, high-speed mobile Internet service to Mexico, creating the first-ever North American Mobile Service Area covering 400 million people and businesses in Mexico and the U.S. This seamless network will link together our two countries’ economies, people and cultures like never before.