One of the more confusing elements of LTE/4G/3G coverage for users in Mexico is which carrier is using which band. There are five internet service providers in Mexico, however, all of them don’t exactly come out and share the operating frequency bands readily for the most part and for consumers.
For the five carriers, only Iusacell does not open the 4G LTE network service, the AT&T, Movistar, Nextel and Telcel are providing 4G LTE network service using LTE band 4 (1700/2100Mhz) and band 2 (1900Mhz). And all the Mexico carriers use 2G GSM 850/1900mhz and 3G UMTS AWS/850/1900Mhz.
For AT&T Mexico (Formerly Iusacell and Nextel Mexico) is a wireless operator Mexican company subsidiary of AT&T Inc., which is headquartered in Mexico City.
For Nextel carrier, LTE coverage is available in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.
For Telcel carrier, it is the second company in Latin America to promote a 4G service (under LTE Band 4/1700MHz). It offers 4G LTE service in more than 40 Cities in Mexico: ACAPULCO, AGUASCALIENTES, ATLACOMULCO, CANCUN, CD JUAREZ, CD VICTORIA, CELAYA, CHIHUAHUA, CIUDAD DE MEXICO, CUERNAVACA, CULIACAN, DURANGO, ENSENADA, ESTADO DE MEXICO, GUADALAJARA, HERMOSILLO, IRAPUATO, IXMIQUILPAN, LEON, LOS CABOS, MAZATLAN, MERIDA, MEXICALI, MONTERREY, MORELIA, NOGALES, OAXACA, PACHUCA, PUEBLA, PUERTO VALLARTA, QUERETARO, REYNOSA, SALTILLO, SAN LUIS POTOSI, TAMPICO, TIJUANA, TOLUCA, TOLUCA-TC MEX_TOLUCA, TORREON, TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, VERACRUZ, VILLAHERMOSA, and ZACATECA.S.
Let’s take a look at the specified network frequencies for different carriers in Mexico.
|Carriers||4G Bands||3G Bands|
|AT & T||B4 (1700/2100Mhz AWS 1)||B2 (1900 PCS)B5 (850)|
|Movistar||B2 (1900Mhz PCS)||B2 (1900 PCS)B5 (850)|
|Telcel||B4 (1700/2100Mhz AWS 1)||B2 (1900 PCS)B5 (850)|
|Nextel||B4 (1700/2100Mhz AWS 1)||B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1)|
|Iusacell||/||B2 (1900 PCS)B5 (850)|
Which modem, mobile Wi-Fi, or LTE CPE is okay for Mexico AT&T, Moister, and Telcel
From the above table, you could get to know the specified LTE bands the Mexico carriers now use. If you want to buy an unlocked mobile device it could support LTE band 2/4 (FDD 1900/(1700/2100)Mhz).
Mobile Wi-Fi for Mexico Carriers
CAT3: Sierra Wireless Aircard 754S, Sierra Aircard 763S Hotspot
CAT4: Netgear Aircard 781S Hotspot, ZTE MF923
LTE CPE for Mexico Carriers
CAT3: Huawei B890-66
CAT4: Huawei B882-66