Barcelona — Communications and Transportation Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said Monday that the telecoms reform in Mexico has helped the sector to make important short-term advances.
In an interview at the 2016 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the statesman said that the developments have not gone unnoticed by the international community, which is ready to take advantage of the new investment opportunities in Mexico.
Ruiz added that one of the most important achievements of the reform in Mexico will be the 40 percent reduction in long-term costs.
“This saving is equivalent to putting an extra $1 billion in the pockets of Mexican families. National coverage will be more expansive and cheaper,” said Ruiz.
“We have gone from 22 percent of Mexicans having access to the latest mobile technology to 57 percent. Communication technology in this country is advancing at a great pace,” he said.
The secretary noted that the extensive coverage provided by the México Conectado plan is helping to improve the services at schools and hospitals throughout the country.
“The improved service will provide coverage to places were there is none,” said Ruiz.
The recent developments have earned Mexico an award of excellence from the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), the organizers of the event in Barcelona.
“I think that operators have noticed all of the developments. They see how the sector in Mexico is developing and they have rewarded us,” said the secretary.
The 2016 Mobile World Congress gathers around 100,000 professionals from 160 countries to showcase new trends and developments in the sector.