Reduce the digital divide Internet for All

Reduce the digital divide Internet for All
Reduce the digital divide Internet for All

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador led the Internet for All progress reporta priority initiative of the Government of the Fourth Transformation that makes telephone and internet available to the entire population to reduce the digital divide.

As a result of this action, In rural areas, the number of people with Internet access increased to 17.5 million; In 2018 there were 10.8 million people. The increase in coverage is equivalent to 60 percent in the current administrationsaid the general director of CFE Telecommunications and Internet for All, David Pantoja Meléndez.

At a morning press conference, the official announced that The Connectivity for Wellbeing program has benefited 354,767 people in the country in just 26 days. This measure consists of the Delivery of a CFE Internet SIM card or chip with an annual package of 5 gigabytes (GB), 1,500 minutes for calls and 500 monthly SMS messages.

The requirements for access to the service are: be 14 years of age or older, be a beneficiary of a federal social program or live in a high or very high marginalization area and use a device compatible with band 28.

The initiative is implemented by the Telecommunications Investment Promotion Agency (PROMTEL) and the Nation’s Servants due to the regulatory locks that prohibit the government from providing telecommunications services to the general population, so it can only reach sectors and regions approved by the regulatory bodysaid the coordinator of the National Digital Strategy, Emiliano Calderón Mercado.

The program and brand of the Government of Mexico, Internet for Wellbeing now has 430 thousand users who have access to their right to communication and information through the Internet and telephone at affordable prices and without forced deadlines, said the general director of Altán Redes, Carlos Lerma Cotera.

Internet for Wellbeing consists of a SIM card or chip with predetermined packages The plans range from 50 pesos for 3 GB for seven days to 200 pesos for 15 GB for 30 days. For example, 1 GB is enough for 3.6 hours of music and 1.5 hours of video; messaging services, calls to Mexico, the United States and Canada, and social networks are unlimited.

It is up to four times cheaper than other distributors. for the same amount of data or calls. In 2022, Mexico registered a price of 57.80 pesos per GB; with Altán Redes it dropped to 35.71 pesos in just two years of application.

It is possible to purchase the service and recharge quickly and safely on the page: and the ‘Internet for Wellbeing’ application. Additionally, it is located in More than 400 thousand physical points in offices of Financiera para el Bienestar and the Mexican Postal Service, as well as in commercial chains.

The creation of the subsidiary production company CFE Telecommunications and Internet for Allsupported by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), It includes the installation of cell phone towers and Wi-Fi equipment in public places, as well as an unprecedented fiber optic network.stressed the coordinator of the National Digital Strategy, Emiliano Calderón Mercado.

Until July of this year, National cell phone coverage reaches 95.3 percentthat is to say, 120 million 135 thousand 511 people benefita figure that represents a Increase of 4.5 million users of communities, especially those with less than 250 inhabitants, compared to 2022By the end of 2024, there will be 96.4 percent coverage, which will reverse the abandonment in areas that private companies considered unprofitable in previous six-year terms.

With the participation of Altán Redes, 4.5 G technology reaches 127 thousand locations, which is used to watch videos in real time or transmit data at high speed.

As for the Mobile phone towers, 10,030 of the 12,629 projected for 2024 are in operationThey are strategically installed to benefit rural communities through the joint work of CFE and the public company Altán Redes.

The federation provides free internet access to 98,960 public sites such as schools, rural medical units, Liconsa sales points, libraries, health centers and the Benito Juárez García Universities for Well-Being, benefiting 27 million users per month. In the page The outreach sites are found by entity and municipality.

The National Fiber Optic Network has 174 interconnection nodes and 705 towers installed, while 1,046 are in process.

Thanks to these efforts by the Government of the Fourth Transformation, Mexico is positioned among the countries with the greatest connectivity in Latin America.

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