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Telefonica holds roughly one in six of all mobile lines in Latin America, across its various subsidiaries in Mexico, Spanish-speaking South America, and Brazil. At a recent Telefonica analyst day in Madrid, we asked its executives about timing, and what we heard was rational caution.


  • Telefonica displays caution when talking about its 5G plans in general and for Latin America specifically.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand the key drivers of a 5G launch decision in Latin America, for Telefonica and for operators more generally.
  • Gain insight into the importance of 5G for the enterprise market in Latin America.

Key questions answered

  • When will Telefonica launch 5G in Latin America?
  • What factors will determine 5G deployment in Latin America?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Not ready yet
  • The difficult business case
  • B2B more than B2C


  • Further reading
  • Author