Connecting the Unconnected: The Case of Mexico's Wholesale Shared Network
16 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2017 Last revised: 17 Sep 2017
Date Written: August 15, 2017
The Wholesale Shared Network (WSN) is the Mexican project intended to provide broadband access to 92.2% of the population. While most of the territory (94%) is already covered by the incumbent’s voice coverage, the Mexican Government has recently launched a call for tenders to rollout a nationwide mobile wireless wholesale network using the digital dividend frequencies (700 MHz). The successful bidder will not be able to provide retail services directly or offer services to the incumbent.
Since the Telecommunications Reform was initiated in 2013, telecommunication policies have been engaged in promoting competition and affordability, which is overwhelmingly reported as the main barrier to the adoption of mobile broadband services. In this paper, we explore the potential of the SWN to connect the unconnected in Mexico, discussing how the shared network may affect both the supply and demand of mobile wireless broadband services.
Keywords: Share wholesale network, digital divide, zero-rating, Internet adoption
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