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International News: Mexican President considers investing $1.5 Billion to boost internet access

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Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2022. 10:24 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he is considering a $1.5 billion investment to boost internet access in Mexico, Reuters report.

The investment would boost internet access in rural remote areas.

“You can’t even talk on the mobile phone, let alone (use) the internet (outside cities),” the Mexican President stated.

Lopez Obrador says that millions of Mexicans still do not have access to mobile coverage or the internet.

Statistics show that about 66% of households in Mexico have internet access. However, 1 in 5 indigenous people living in remote areas do not have any access to mobile services.

In 2016, the telecommunications company, Altan Redes was tasked with developing a wholesale national mobile network that promised 92.2% coverage by January 2024, a deadline that was later extended to 2028.

In 2021, the company went bankrupt but the Mexican president say that the takeover of the company would secure internet access in all towns and offer free Wi-Fi in public spaces.

“We want everyone, especially those most remote and especially students, to have access to the internet,” he said.

 

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