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Mexico maps localities in need of connectivity

Bnamericas Published: Monday, January 16, 2023
Mexico maps localities in need of connectivity

Mexico’s infrastructure, communications and transportation ministry (SICT) published a map with locations that need connectivity.

The list is a reference for operators when designing connection plans and is especially important for state operator CFE’s Internet para Todos program.

The ministry identified 70,780 public sites in need of coverage, 5,090 of which it classified as priorities for receiving free service this year, mainly in the education, health, social and rural development sectors.

According to the 2020 census, 63,670 localities with a total of 5.4mn residents did not have any internet coverage. For 2023, the ministry identified 5,900 localities with 3.1mn residents.

In the 2021-22 social coverage program, 7,540 priority locations were identified, 3,560 of which are now connected. Localities that have not yet been connected will remain priorities this year.

Statistics bureau Inegi, registered 88.6mn internet users in 2021, corresponding to 75.6% of the population over six years of age, 81.6% of which lived in urban areas. About 24.6mn fixed internet access were registered and 109mn mobile ones, for a penetration of 70% of households and 86% of the population, respectively.

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