IT investment seen increasing 14%

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mexico's investments in information technology are expected to increase up to 14% this year, local paper Zócalo reported, citing IT association Canieti.

For the telecoms sector, the association estimates 10% growth, while for the electronics sector growth is expected to reach 11%, according to Canieti president Santiago Gutiérrez.

"The value of these three sectors accounts for 9% of the country's GDP. They produce goods and services that will total approximately US$100bn," Gutiérrez was quoted as saying.

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Citing a study by Gartner, the executive also highlighted the country's improvement in IT service outsourcing, rising from fifth to fourth place globally.

"The world looks to Mexico as a preferred destination for IT service outsourcing, ranging from BPO to software development," Gutiérrez added.

But Mexico's software development offer - including mobile application development, cloud computing solutions, advanced billing, aeronautics and multimedia - has much more added value than contact centers or BPO, according to Gutiérrez.

"The priority [for 2012] is to increase connectivity, digital inclusion and increase access to computer equipment for the population and SMEs," the executive said.