Telia Carrier expands into Mexico

03 May 2018 | James Pearce


Telia Carrier has unveiled plans to expand into Mexico, bringing its wholesale IP transit, Ethernet, IPX, and cloud connect services to regional operators.

The wholesale arm of Telia will launch its first Mexican point of presence in the city of Queretaro, north of Mexico City, meaning operators, internet service providers and content providers will be able to connect to its global IP backbone.

Mexico Connect 2018Telia said Mexico represents a “significant market opportunity” for the company, given its 120 million-strong population and growth in demand for broadband services.

New regulations in Mexico and the launch of the Red Compartida wholesale wireless service are set to drive broadband penetration, though a recent report from the IFT said that te smaller markets still lacked options in this space.

“Telia Carrier is dedicated to delivering a responsive, connected experience to address demand in the Mexican market,” said Ivo Pascucci, vice president, head of sales, Telia Carrier. 

“With a physical presence in the region, we’ll be able to attract Mexican operators and content providers currently unable to purchase services within the U.S. jurisdiction by giving them direct access to our global network. The expansion will ensure a reliable gateway for business growth to connect Mexico and regions around the globe.”

Telia Carrier’s global fibre backbone, AS1299, was the first to be 100G-enabled in both Europe and North America. It is currently ranked number one according to Dyn figures, with the company connecting more than 230 PoPs across Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East.

It already serves a number of Latin American companies with backhaul services from locations in the US, but the new PoP will give Telia Carrier a physical presence in Mexico.

“We see a huge demand in Mexico for IP Transit, DDoS protection and Cloud Connect services, and we already have many customers there, including mobile operators, local access providers and ISPs amongst others,” said Luis Velasquez, Mexico business manager, Telia Carrier. 

“ISPs and broadband carriers have had limited options to help them meet the needs of the Mexican market. The Mexican government is taking the initiative by opening the market and creating a competitive landscape, which will ultimately fuel the pace of digitalization in the country. 

“With its formidable backbone, Telia Carrier now has the opportunity to directly serve mid-size ISPs looking for high-bandwidth solutions that will enable them to deliver better services and cloud connectivity to their customers.”