Telmex to bring Fiber to the Home to 40 cities in Mexico

Telmex is making a big move this year to expand its own Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network service reach to 40 cities this year.  

Already available to 1,000 homes, Telmex is going to debut the service in the markets where aggressive competitor Grupo Iusacell has already launched its Totalplay FTTH service. Unlike Telmex's current 5 Mbps residential offering, Iusacell's Totalplay delivers consumers 100 Mbps speeds over its FTTH network.

According to a report in Bloomberg citing an unnamed source, Telmex is leveraging Alcatel-Lucent PON gear to build a new FTTH network that will offer three speed tiers: 10, 20 and 50 Mbps.

Neither Alcatel-Lucent nor Telmex would comment on the FTTH network.

Of course, the one critical piece that still eludes Telmex in being able to compete with competitors like Iusacell that can offer a quad play of voice, video, data and wireless is video. Right now, Telmex is barred from offering video service because the Mexican government said the former monopoly has to follow rules to provide interconnection to competitive service providers.

News of Telmex making a FTTH move follows an announcement in February that it would spend about $820 million to upgrade its wireless and wireline networks in Mexico.

For more:
- Bloomberg has this article

Related articles:
Telmex to up Mexico's broadband speeds to stay competitive with cable
Carlos Slim to increase Mexican wireless and wireline network spending in 2011
Iusacell poses challenge to Telmex with new quad-play offering
Televisa-led consortium becomes primary bidder in Mexican fiber auction

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