In Mexico, there are millions using cellphones every second of the day, sending and receiving information on the Internet. This works thanks to the use of telecommunications networks, which today require greater capacity and infrastructure in order to attend to the increasing demand of Mexican users.
Therefore, Red Compartida has come about: a project that stems from the telecommunications constitutional reform, driven by President Enrique Peña Nieto and the main political forces in the country. This wholesale shared network was defined to be deployed and operated through private capital, attracting larger investments and jobs in Mexico. The project was defined by the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) and the Federal Agency of Telecommunications (Ifetel), and joint-ventured with the Agency of Promotion in Telecommunications (Promtel.)
Red Compartida key elements
- Optimize the usage of assigned spectrum (700 MHz broadband).
- Costs reductions and coverage increase in regions without services.
- Neither carriers’ investment inhibition, nor advantages or disadvantages for any of the retailers that use the shared network
In this Public-Private Partnership (PPP), Mexican government is providing the radio spectrum and the use of the developed backbone network by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). ALTÁN Redes, as the private partner of the PPP will contribute with the multimillion dollar financial investment and proven technical expertise that allowed the multinational consortium to successfully be assigned as the responsible of Red Compartida.
Currently, each mobile carrier has deployed its own infrastructure, which is expensive and delays service arrival in remote areas within the country. With Red Compartida, the costs will be reduced due to the wholesaler shared model, so existing carriers and new ones will supply better coverage, quality and pricing of their services.
- Coverage in zones that Coverage in zones that currently do not have signal: Red Compartida will enable an offering of broadband services in zones that currently do not have services or have just one option.
- Improvements for better-quality telecommunications services: Current and future carriers will have better coverage and capacity for improved and more service offering to the population.
- Lower Prices than the present ones:Red Compartida will contribute to reduce mobile services prices for the next years.
- Increase in productivity and competitiveness: A more dynamic telecommunications sector promotes more national and foreign investment, and will strength the economy’s productivity and competitiveness.
- Encouragement of innovative digital servicing: Red Compartida will enable to create and provide access to technology and apps that the population will benefit from in order to generate entrepreneurship projects, new productive technics and new ways to create and deliver trade.
- Promote productivity and competitivity: A more dynamic telecommunications sector that promotes increased national and foreign investment, and strengthens productivity and competitiveness in the country’s economy.
- Strengthen innovation in digital services: The Red Compartida will allow the creation and access to technologies and applications that the population can take advantage of in order to generate business projects, new productive techniques, and ways of commerce.
Red Compartida will be used to synchronize intelligent articles like ATMs, surveillance services, pedestrian lights, cars, alarms, TVs and refrigerators, prosthetics, among others, allowing the internet of things ecosystem to growth. It will also help to create smart cities through the control of traffic jams, civil protection alerts, sensors to measure and prevent water leaks, public and private transportation monitoring, goods tracking in highways and more.
There will be multiple benefits for the populations due to the increase in competition, which will heighten and improve the signal in all the country. Not only will current users benefit, but those who do not have access to these types of services will as well, including Mexico’s Pueblos Mágicos (or Magic Towns)
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