Mexico to set up rural ‘Internet for All’ company

Mexico to set up national ‘Internet for All’ company to expand rural coverage

06 August 2019 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

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The government of Mexico is to create a national internet company to make broadband services available in rural areas of the country.

The company will use the existing Red Troncal national fibre network to deliver non-profit telecoms services, according to Mexico’s official gazette.

According to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (pictured), the company will be called CFE Telecomunicaciones e Internet para Todos – CFE Telecommunications and Internet for All – and it will be a subsidiary of the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE, Federal Electricity Commission).

Red Troncal uses more than 25,000km of fibre that runs along the national electricity distribution detail, and has more than 115 points of presence – carrier hotels – that will be used to provide wholesale services. Reports from Mexico suggest the network will be extended to 50,000km.

López Obrador wants to expand internet reach in Mexico from 87% now to 95% when his presidential term ends in 2024.

CFE Telecommunications will focus on areas that are not served by commercial providers and will be able to “create subsidiaries and participate in partnerships and alliances”, says the official proclamation.

In February Capacity reported a plan to set up an Internet para Todos company in Peru