MEXICO CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In a meeting today with Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto, AT&T1
Chairman and CEO Randall
Stephenson announced that AT&T plans to invest approximately US$3
billion to extend its high-speed, mobile Internet service to Mexico,
covering 100 million people in Mexico by year-end 2018. This is in
addition to the US$4.4 billion AT&T invested earlier this year to
acquire Iusacell and NEXTEL Mexico.
“We are building a network in Mexico that is capable of bringing
innovation and economic vitality to the country, just as we have done in
the U.S.,” Stephenson said. “We plan to deliver high-quality, high-speed
mobile Internet service to Mexico, creating the first-ever North
American Mobile Service Area covering 400 million people and businesses
in Mexico and the U.S. This seamless network will link together our two
countries’ economies, people and cultures like never before.
“Reforms introduced by President Peña Nieto, with support from the
Mexican Congress and IFETEL, have given us the ability to invest in
building an advanced mobile network in Mexico,” Stephenson said. “As we
are now seeing in Mexico, business investment increases with thoughtful,
responsible regulation. And when companies invest — whether in expansion
or improved services for consumers and businesses — they create jobs. It
is a simple, powerful formula.
“The mobile Internet in the U.S. created an engine of economic growth.
As we extend it into Mexico, we believe it will do the same here,”
Stephenson said. “Beyond accelerating economic growth, the mobile
Internet is about changing the way people live and work, keeping
families better connected, opening up new educational and health care
opportunities, and strengthening and empowering communities.”
New Plans and Features for Customers
AT&T expects the first phase of its state-of-the-art, high-speed mobile
network will be complete in the next six months and cover 40 million
Mexicans, about one-third of the population. By the end of 2016, AT&T
expects its mobile Internet service will reach 75 million people, nearly
two-thirds of the population. AT&T plans to reach 100 million people by
Next month, AT&T will introduce new plans for its Mexican customers that
take advantage of the company’s North American Mobile Service Area. The
new plans let Mexicans use their individual plans — including voice,
data and text messaging — while in the U.S. Customers on these new plans
will also be able to use their available community minutes to call
friends and family in the U.S. who are on the AT&T
network. It’s one phone, one plan, covering two countries.
AT&T will also offer other features for its customers in Mexico,
including Google Play billing, a first in Latin America. Customers with
Google Android devices can download apps, books, movies, music and games
with just one click — no credit cards needed — and have it added to
their monthly wireless bills.
Commitment to Customers and the Community
AT&T is committed to delivering a great experience to its customers in
Mexico. During the summer, the company will begin rolling out Nuestra
Promesa (Our Promise). It encourages all employees to commit to a
higher level of customer experience. AT&T based Nuestra Promesa
on the service excellence standard it has in the U.S. That standard has
earned the company multiple national awards for purchase experience and
In his talks with President Peña Nieto, Stephenson reiterated AT&T’s
commitment to all Mexican citizens. “We believe in taking care of the
people in the communities where we live and work,” he said. “As a start,
we’ll launch our “It Can Wait” campaign in Mexico City in the months
ahead to discourage people from texting while driving. No text is worth
a life. That’s a message we’ll send to all wireless users across Mexico.
The dangers of texting and driving are just as serious in Mexico as they
are in the United States.”
AT&T will also be the first Mexican wireless carrier to collaborate with
the Alerta Amber (Amber Alert) initiative at a national level. Iusacell,
Nextel and Unefon users will receive text messages when a child is
missing or abducted in their area.
And, AT&T will invest to help more students in Mexico succeed in school
and prepare for the workforce. This commitment will include corporate
contributions and work with outstanding non-profit organizations focused
on education. AT&T will introduce new learning opportunities for high
school students to develop job skills that prepare them for work and
teach them about different careers.
Investing in AT&T’s People
Stephenson also recognized AT&T’s employees in Mexico for their
contributions to the company’s success. “Everything that we’ve
accomplished and our future plans for Mexico depend on one thing: Our
people,” he said. “Our employees are critical to our success, and we’ll
support them by making AT&T a great place to work in Mexico.”
Stephenson set a goal for AT&T to be one of the best employers in
Mexico. To reach this goal, AT&T will introduce a number of programs to
support its workforce. In 2016, AT&T will offer tuition support to help
employees pursue educational opportunities to advance their careers.
The company is also committed to diversity, with a focus on women and
people with disabilities. AT&T plans to launch a Mexico chapter of the
Women of AT&T employee resource group later this year and to collaborate
with colleges to recruit female students in STEM (science, technology,
engineering and math) fields. AT&T has already moved quickly to expand
opportunities for women: Today, women hold 25 percent of leadership
positions in the company’s Mexico operations, up from 10 percent when
the company entered the market earlier this year.
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