BETWEENL growing discomfort in the United States due to the lax application of regulation to the preponderant agent, this week Telcel could be announcing its telephony strategy under 5G.
It is anticipated that the hosts of Carlos Slim Helú, Carlos Slim Domit and Daniel Hajj Aboumrad will soon announce the deployment of almost 800 base stations with fifth generation technology in Mexico.
They will mainly use Chinese technology, which is why América Móvil preferred to sell its subsidiary Tracfone to Verizon for 6.2 billion dollars and avoid complications with the United States government.
However, Telcel subscribers should not get their hopes up, as the dominant operator will only be able to offer a “taste” of the true 5G experience.
And it is that as we told you yesterday, the company has not wanted to liquidate nearly a billion pesos that the Federal Institute of Telecommunications and the Ministry of Finance require.
We are talking about the payment for the authorization of the use of the band that it holds in the 3.5 gigahertz for mobile service and that today it only has it authorized for fixed services in its 100 megahertz of which it owns.
The issue is that Telcel has not invested in the correct frequencies or in the 40 megahertz in the 2.5 gigahertz band that it bought from Joaquín and Ernesto Vargas, owners of MVS, at the end of 2018.
Nor in the 50 megahertz that in mid-2020 it acquired from Axtel, a subsidiary of Grupo Alfa, from Armando Garza Sada, with which it completed the 50 megahertz that it already had in the 3.5 gigahertz band.
Due to its technical characteristics and location in the band segment, Telcel is limited in offering its users to navigate with the speed and capacity that the 5G network promises.
Due to the above, let’s say that Telcel could be offering a kind of 4.6G, evoking the cases of the cut 4G. Due to lack of investment in the bands, it would end up with a 5G “light”.
With everything and an uncertain future, AT&T, chaired by Mónica Aspe, went ahead of them more than a month ago and launched its own 5G offer in some CdMx neighborhoods, although with less coverage than Telcel.
But 5G does in terms of speed, latency and user experience, since it exploits 80 megahertz in the 2.5 gigahertz band and 20 megahertz in 800 megahertz, which gives it a technologically competitive advantage.
But from the looks of things, everything points to Telcel having to wait until the next IFT spectrum auction to complete its frequency portfolio.
The government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador is not in a hurry due to technological evolution and it seems that he prefers to continue thinking about 2G, because he believes that 5G is for the rich.
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AS IS I informed, yesterday, the senior staff of América Móvil at the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT). Carlos Slim Domit, Daniel Hajj, Oscar Von Hauske, Alejandro Cantú and Daniel Bernal. They offered the commissioners to make important investments this year and asked for more time to argue why the regulator should approve Claro Video’s authorization to offer television services. The paradox of the latter is that in the public consultation that the IFT carried out about four months ago, the only one that did not participate was just América Móvil. AT&T, by Monica Aspe; Telefónica-Movistar, by Camilo Aya; Megacable, by Enrique Yamuni; Izzi, from Televisa, co-chaired by Bernardo Gómez and Alfonso de Angoitia; Total Play, from TV Azteca, from Ricardo Salinas, and the National Chamber of the Electronic, Telecommunications and Information Technology Industry chaired by Carlos Funes gave their points of view. Also yesterday those same commissioners, Adolfo Cuevas, Javier Juárez, Arturo Robles, Sóstenes Díaz and Ramiro Camacho received a personalized letter from the United States Trade Representative Office, which is headed by Ambassador Katherine Tai. The content is unknown, but it would not be strange if it has to do with the concern that exists about the treatment given as regulators to the preponderant property of the Slim family.
AND IN MORE About three weeks ago we reported to you that the Telecommunications Investment Promotion Agency, better known as Promtel, was becoming a stone in the shoe for Altán Redes. And it is that this government vehicle directed by María de Lourdes Coss, who is his partner in the public-private partnership, had requested precautionary measures from the bankruptcy judge against the operator of the shared network directed by Salvador Álvarez. And it was not for less, because between the exploitation of the frequencies of the 700 megahertz band that he contributes and the Social Coverage Fund, he owes him around a billion pesos. Promtel asked Judge María Concepción Martín Argumosa to be recognized as an “indispensable creditor.” She then came three weeks ago with a request for Altán to expose his numbers and demonstrate that if he paid his partner, the viability of the company was put at risk. Yesterday that view was unburdened and a deficit of 2 thousand 825 million pesos was demonstrated, for which he will not pay Promtel or anyone else.
THE SPANISH COMPANY specialized in procurement, TSK is shaping up to take a good slice of the five contracts for the same number of combined cycle plants that the CFE has just assigned to the Japanese Mitsubishi, led by Miguel Vallejo, and the German Siemens, led by Alejandro Preinfalk, this is Mérida, Valladolid, San Luis Río Colorado, Tuxpan Phase 1 and González Ortega, which involve a public investment of some 2.75 billion dollars. TSK, chaired by Sabino García, had already put on the stock exchange the procurement work for the Salamanca, Villa de Reyes and El Sauz plants of the same state production company run by Manuel Bartlett.
IN ANOTHER CONTEST company, that of AlphaCredit, last week this lender scored a good legal victory in court. The company of Augusto Álvarez and José Luis Orozco managed to deactivate a lawsuit from the Inter-American Development Bank, which had requested that accounts be seized at BBVA led by Eduardo Osuna, Citibananex led by Manuel Romo and HSBC chaired by Jorge Arce, among other banks. . And it is that the multilateral organization headed by Mauricio Claver AlphaCredit owes around 400 million pesos.
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