Competition between América Móvil (Telcel) and Telefónica (Movistar)

Competition between América Móvil, owner of the Telcel brand, and Telefónica, owner of the Movistar brand, continues in Mexico, but both have lost market share in terms of the number of lines.

According to the latest statistics from the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) corresponding to the last quarter of 2022, América Móvil had a 60.3% share of the mobile telephony service market in Mexico, down from 63.4% in the fourth quarter of 2021.

In 2000, Teléfonos de México (Telmex), a Mexican fixed-line telecommunications operator privatized in 1990, spun off its wireless operations in Mexico and other countries. América Móvil was born.

After making major acquisitions throughout Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean and Europe, and expanding its business organically, América Móvil is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies in terms of subscribers.

At the end of 2022, it reported 135 million 926,000 mobile telephone service lines in Mexico.

On the other hand, Telefónica decreased its share from 18.2% to 16.4% in the fourth quarters of 2021 and 2022, respectively.

Incorporated in Spain in 1924, Telefónica is a multinational telecommunications company with a significant global presence. 

América Móvil

AT&T also lost market share in the mobile telephony service market in Mexico, going from 15.9% in the fourth quarter of 2021 to 15.6% in the fourth quarter of 2022.

In contrast, Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) increased their market coverage from 2.5% to 7.7% in the same comparison.


América Móvil’s main competitors include wireless, broadband and pay TV providers operating at the multinational level, such as AT&T, Telefonica and Millicom, as well as several providers operating at the national level, such as Telecom Argentina in Argentina and Telecom Italia in Brazil. 

Competition remains intense as a result of fixed and wireless market saturation, increased network investment by competitors, the development and deployment of new technologies, the introduction of new products and services, new market entrants, the availability of additional spectrum and regulatory changes.



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