AT&T Inc has teamed up with Carlos Slim’s America Movil as the U.S. telecom giant plans to expand its Latin American reach for business customers. The deal extends AT&T’s reach to 15 countries in the region, including Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
Under the agreement, AT&T will connect its network with that of America Movil, Latin America’s biggest telecom group, whose subsidiaries include Telmex, Embratel and Claro.
The alliance with AT&T is beneficial to America Movil as well. Interconnection to the AT&T global backbone network widens America Movil’s reach to 163 countries over 3,800 service nodes and 38 on-net data centers across the globe.
“The enhanced regional interconnection will allow us to provide deeper in-country reach in the entire region to match our client’s expanding presence in Latin America,” said Roman Pacewicz, AT&T Business Solutions senior vice president of marketing and global strategy.
Previously, AT&T’s Latin American focus was primarily on Mexico and Brazil. Following the deal, the US operator wants to offer VPN services and solutions to multinational companies doing business in or with operations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.
“Enhanced global access and sound combination of core competencies and product portfolios will be essential for our clients to improve their productivity and efficiency through advanced solutions,” said Isidoro Ambe Attar, Corporate Executive Vice President at Telmex.
With over 91,000 miles of fiber-optic network and 12 data centers, America Movil has operations in 18 countries in the Americas, more than 30 million fixed lines, 18 million fixed broadband clients and more than 17 million television subscribers, and the carrier’s submarine cable has a capacity of more than 90 terabytes.