Neutral Networks: a strategic alternative in the Mexican telecom market
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Neutral Networks: a strategic alternative in the Mexican telecom market

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Noé Garza, CTO of Neutral Networks talks about their growing portfolio and how they are capitalising on the opportunities within the Mexican market.

Tell us about the full scale of Neutral Networks’ footprint, particularly the new network that has just been built?

Neutral Networks provides an infrastructure platform within the Mexican telecom market through a mix of services that cater the growing needs of the wholesale industry. Our carrier class connectivity solutions offer new alternatives in a congested marketplace, supplying optical fibre infrastructure, towers and high capacity circuits, that represent an alternative to fix and wireless service providers to expand their networks.

Because of our carrier class standards, our services work throughout a redundant, scalable and flexible network of over 2,300 kilometres compatible with national and international carriers located in 9 key markets in the country.

What technologies does Neutral Networks leverage to support its carrier customers?

We designed and built our infrastructure with significant amounts of capacity to support the growing demand for fibre, allowing the company to deliver passive and active infrastructure quickly and cost effectively. And our metropolitan backbones in our 9 markets were developed using leading optical technology with fibre with less than 3 years of age, eliminating to the least the transmission loss.

We keep growing our network based on the current potential market demand, but also considering the future connectivity requirements that technologies like 5G will need. Because of this, our minimum cable sizes 96 fibre counts, with some segments of our intercity network where we're building up to 4 ducts.

Our carrier class services, our neutral business approach, and strategic market locations uniquely position Neutral Networks to deliver the requirements carriers looking to enter the Mexican market need.

How is Neural Networks leveraging its 20 years of industry experience to benefit its customers?

Because we deeply know the wholesale telecom market, the solutions we provide encompass a broader scope of our clients’ needs. This makes us able to develop stronger solutions ranging from network design, engineering and construction with the highest industry standards.

We are part of a telecom infrastructure group, which enables us to develop projects alongside our construction division, giving us a very strong competitive advantage, enhancing our clients’ network reach through our connectivity solutions in the cities within our footprint.

Neutral Networks also has added long-haul connectivity, built entirely underground. What were the benefits of building it in this way?

Neutral Networks’ long-haul spans over 100 kilometres along an interstate that is a key transportation and commerce corridor in the north of Mexico. The route uses new fibre that doesn't lose as much light and delivers a new connectivity pathway between Saltillo and Monterrey, uniting the two cities through Coahuila and into Nuevo León.

The route’s location was selected to provide our clients with high capacity fibre infrastructure to fuel their growth and innovation, and its interconnection with Monterrey’s backbone provides a chance for carriers looking to maximize the city’s market opportunities since it is one of the country’s top business and tech hubs.

How is Neutral capitalising on the opportunities of Mexico´s business markets and top cities?

Mexico is living an evolution of telecom infrastructure, with a migration towards more modern technologies represented by an increase in fixed broadband access through optical fibre and an accelerated migration of microwave backhaul links to optical fibre as well. This, accompanied by the massification of digital services in the market, the rise in connected users and the need for higher capacities is driving the dark fibre demand within the country.

In order to deliver the technology needed for the digital transformation, we are exploring the use of billboards, where we allocate small cells and antennas that open more coverage in areas of high density. And we are assisting MNOs to evolve their technologies by interconnecting their BTS towers with fibre, providing the connectivity highway needed to transport large amount of data.

Strengthening our portfolio with long haul connectivity and internet services in the markets where we are located is our immediate focus, where we aim to produce a new digital ecosystem that will encompass fibre, towers and antennas as we continue to pursue connectivity opportunities in international markets in the near future.

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