Concerns were raised by Telefónica Mexico partners over how the operator’s late‑2019 network‑sharing deal with AT&T might affect their businesses.

Telefónica Mexico partners ring alarm bells after AT&T network sharing deal

Telefónica Mexico partners ring alarm bells after AT&T network sharing deal

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Concerns were raised by Telefónica Mexico partners over how the operator’s late‑2019 network‑sharing deal with AT&T might affect their businesses (Telefónicawatch, #139 and #140). Mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) that have been using the Movistar network have reportedly lodged complaints with Mexico’s Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT). According to ElEconomista, MVNO Spica Telecom and Marduk Innovaciones Móviles, which operates the MVNO Helppy, are uncertain how the agreement will affect them. Infrastructure provider American Tower reassured investors over the deal’s impact, saying it has a “significant amount of Telefónica leases with long‑term lease commitments [of fouryears on average] that we expect will be honoured”.