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February 5, 2020

How Mexico seeks to connect its rural citizens better: Arturo Robles (VIDEO)

By ITU News

In Mexico, 95.23 per cent of the population have a mobile-cellular subscription and 65.77 per cent of the population use the internet, according to ITU statistics.

Connecting the remaining population to the power of the internet, however, has been a challenge as many of the people who remain offline live in very isolated rural areas.

But thanks to successful connections with K-band satellites, commercial satellite operators are now finding profitable and feasible opportunities to provide connectivity in these remote villages, says Arturo Robles, Commissioner of Mexico’s Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT).

During an interview with ITU at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, Mr. Robles also shared his hope that innovative services could help provide affordable rural connectivity solutions.

“For us, its very important to maintain all the satellite services but also to continue moving into the innovative services such as 5G networks, HAPS (High-Altitude Platform Stations) technologies, all these new solutions that this new digital transformation is providing to us,” said Mr. Robles.

“As a member of the United Nations and as an [organ] of the United Nations, it [WRC] is a very democratic and good forum in order to get consensus and coordinate the worldwide spectrum ,which is one of the main issues right now with our digital world and digital economy.”

Watch the full interview below:

Photo by Dana Romanoff/Getty Images
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How Mexico seeks to connect its rural citizens better: Arturo Robles (VIDEO)

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