The network was deployed at one of the country’s best universities, Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Monterrey
This week, AT&T Mexico has announced the activation of what they are calling the nation’s first private 5G network.
The network has been deployed at the business and technological development centre (CEDETEC) of Tecnológico de Monterrey university, one of the country’s leading universities.
Equipment has been provided by Swedish vendor Ericsson, with the project further supported by additional partnerships with Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and local startup hub Endeavor.
The financial details of the deal were not revealed.
“5G networks will increase productivity in manufacturing, reduce CO2 emissions and save lives in mining, to name a few examples of the potential for prosperity, inclusion and sustainability in Mexico,” said AT&T México CEO, Monica Aspe, in a statement.
“Together with allies such as Ericsson, Endeavor and Tec de Monterrey, we are excited to contribute to inserting Mexico into the economy and digital society of the 21st century.”
According to AT&T, the private network will support new use cases, including AI applications, blockchain technology, improved IoT devices, and various industrial solutions.
More specifically, it will support a 5G-enabled robotics project led by the university’s robotics expert David Romero, including the development of a 5G testbed.
AT&T has been gradually growing its market share in Mexico in recent years, with private 5G deployments for enterprise and industry seen as a major opportunity for revenue growth. For the time being, however, the company remains dwarfed by America Movil in the consumer segment, with the former controlling roughly 60% of the market compared to AT&T’s 16%.
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