Red Compartida (Shared Network) launches operations
Fourteen months have transpired since we signed the APP contract with PROMTEL and TELECOMM, and one year since we began construction of the network. Today we glad to announce that we have managed to exceed the contractual coverage target of 30%. Red Compartida is now ready to serve more than 36 million Mexicans, of which 5.6 million live in towns with less than 10,000 inhabitants and 29 Pueblos Magicos.
Today we acknowlegde the vision of the future of the Government and the Legislature of Mexico. Red Compartida is the central project of the Telecommunications Reform. It is a unique because for the first time in the world, a state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure is created, consisting of a 4.5G LTE network that exploits 90 MHz within the 700 MHz band, while ensuring service that is “universal, non-discriminatory, shared and continuous.”
With the adoption of the 700 MHz band width, the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation and the Federal Institute of Telecommunications have allowed Mexico to join a technological standard that will serve more than 3,200 million people around the world. This ensures optimal availability of the most advanced and affordable range of terminals for connecting to the internet.
In the last two years, much has been written about the Red Compartida, which is governed by open contracting standards and is now an model of transparency where other countries can seek inspiration.
Now that we have launched Red Compartida, it is time to share our vision.
ALTÁN is not the fourth mobile telecommunications operator in Mexico. In fact, ALTÁN is not an operator. Providing coverage to at least 92.2% of all Mexicans, Red Compartida is 4.5G LTE technology infrastructure at the service of all telecommunications operators. The Red Compartida is “the Network for everyone.”
We have built the network we all wanted. It is one of the most advanced in the world, with the latest 4.5G LTE radio technology available. With more than 90%of location enjoying fiber optic connectivity, the network operates as infrastructure in the cloud. And we have achieved this by sharing more than 7,000 km of fiber optic in with five fixed network operators. Moreover, we are currently exploiting 2,600 towers belonging to five passive infrastructure developers, and we are interconnected with 39 operators in Mexico. We complement our own coverage through a roaming agreement with the leading company in the sector. Without exception, we are very grateful to these collaborators, and we will work tirelessly to bring the shared network to all of the mobile and fixed operators in Mexico until the goal of 92.2% is met or surpassed.
At ALTÁN we are convinced that Red Compartida shall ensure compliance with the constitutional requirement to provide internet access to more than 70% of homes and 85% of businesses in Mexico. In fact, we believe that we offer the means to bring internet access to all Mexicans.
W also want Red Compartida to comprise the infrastructure that stimulates technological innovation in Mexico. We want to be facilitators of the digital transformation of business, by providing service to Fintechs, telemedicine companies, content creators and countless other enterprises that serve clients directly without intermediaries using the Red Compartida by connecting their platforms to our cloud.
Today, in ALTÁN, we behave begun to implement our dream. So far we have built a network; and henceforth we shall continue to grow our network; but above all, we will serve our customers through an infrastructure that provides unmatched services. This is the power of ALTÁN: to build a telecommunications network of our dreams for all Mexicans. This network now exists: it is the Red Compartida.
Javier Salgado, General Manager
March 22nd, 2018