Telefónica plans new $184m fibre network for Mexico

Telefónica is to spend $184 million to replace its fibre backbone network in Mexico and to expand its LTE operations.

Reports from Mexico, quoting network engineering director Omar Calvo, say the company will be installing photonic mesh technology running at 100Gbps to replace its existing fibre network.

The new network will allow Telefónica to expand 4G LTE to 23 new markets and cover 500 rural communities, say the reports.

Calvo gave the information during a presentation of Telefónica’s data centre in the Ixtlahuaca technology park, west of Mexico City.

Both Telefónica and AT&T – which last year spent $4 billion buying two Mexican mobile networks – are investing substantial sums to compete against the dominant provider América Móvil.

Telefónica will expand its services to Aguascalientes, Cancún, Cuernavaca, Mérida, Torreón, Veracruz and Villahermosa, said the reports from Mexico.

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