Mexico’s Telcel launches LTE services

Mexico’s Telcel launches LTE services

América Móvil’s Mexican subsidiary Telcel has reportedly activated commercial LTE services.

BNAmericas reports that Telcel, which dominates the Mexican market, has made services available to customers in a total of nine cities: Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Queretaro, Puebla, Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, Hermosillo and Merida.

LTE services are for now restricted to postpaid customers with prepaid options to come in the future, América Móvil CEO, Daniel Hajj, told the publication.

Hajj said that approximately 35% of Telcel’s mobile subscribers now use data services, 20% via 2G and 15% via 3G, with data usage having increased 10-fold over the past three years.

He expects a similar growth rate in the light of its 4G launch and is cited as saying that Telcel forecasts between one and three million 4G subscribers within a year.

The company intends to expand coverage to 26 cities and 65% of the population by April 2013 and has set aside $1 billion of a $3.95 billion network investment between 2012 and 2014 for 4G equipment.