How Close Is Mexico To Deploying The 5G Network?

The arrival of the 5G network in the country is imminent and both the Mexican government and technology companies and service providers are preparing for it.

And it is that once this technology is deployed, the possibilities for the educational, health and manufacturing industries, among others, will be enormous. With this agrees CEO of Samsung Mexico, Sang Jik Lee.

«Mexico Is Among The Countries With The Highest Number Of Internet Users In The World. As The 5G Network Is Implemented, This Technology Will Be A Central Point Of Continuous Social Development«, Eexplained The Executive Of Samsung Mexico.

The 5G Network Will Play A Key Role Not Only In Daily Life But Also In The Development Of National And Social Infrastructure ».

But: are we really close to experiencing this technology in Mexico? How are companies preparing? What have other countries done well in comparison? These data bring us closer to the answer.

THE PROGRESS OF THE 5G NETWORK IN THE WORLD

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Although it has been much vaunted in recent years, let’s remember that the implementation of 5G technology on a commercial level is relatively new.

The first 5G commercial network launches on the planet were made in 2019 both in South Korea like in U.S, while Japan, for example, it managed to implement this technology in its territory this year.

According to official figures, so far there are 98 operators with commercial 5G launches, of which 13 are in North America, 41 in Europe, 25 in Asia Pacific and 19 in the Middle East and Africa.

AND it will be between 2021 and 2025 when the deployment of this technology in North America, Japan, South Korea, China, Western Europe and the rest of the developed markets in Asia-Pacific speed up.

AND WHAT ABOUT MEXICO AND LATIN AMERICA?

In the case of Latin America, experts expect small adoption numbers starting in 2021, and they highlight that it will take longer for the 5G network to establish itself as a standard service. So far, so far in 2020, there have been 30 5G tests in the region.

In Mexico concretely have been carried out 2 tests with the 3.5 GHz band, whose tender was moved to 2021, and the only countries that already operate the 5G network to a lesser degree are Puerto Rico and Uruguay with the 600 MHZ and 28 GHZ bands respectively.

ALTÁN REDES IS READY FOR THE 5G CONNECTION

Clearly, Mexicans will have to wait a bit to use the 5G network, but the good news is that companies and operators are already working to make this service a reality.

Even the shared network of Altán Redes, used by multiple mobile operators, It is already capable of supporting 5G connectivity in band 28.

Yes, Alejandro Domene, operational director of Altán Redes, he assured that it would be better to have access to a band with a higher frequency, since this would facilitate giving a greater bandwidth.

“Public Tendering Models Do Not Guarantee That This Spectrum Reaches All Citizens. Operators Must Make Large Investments And We Would Have To Think Of New Models So As Not To Slow Down The Development Of The Network, “Explained Domene.

Furthermore, let us remember that Altán Redes alone cannot provide the service. For this reason, it has approached companies of different branches, even with retailers, that with 5G technology they could become data service providers.

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SOUTH KOREA

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South Korea has taken some initiatives to promote 5G network adoption and bring it to a greater range of the population. These are just some of the policies that, according to Samsung, were positive in that country.

  1. MASS CAMPAIGN: DURING THE 2018 WINTER OLYMPICS, A CAMPAIGN WAS CARRIED OUT TO PROMOTE THE 5G NETWORK, WHICH SPARKED INTEREST NOT ONLY FROM USERS BUT ALSO FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THEY EVEN MADE SPECTRUM AUCTIONS THAT GENERATED $ 3.1 BILLION IN PROFIT.
  2. STRONG AND SWIFT DEPLOYMENT: AT THE BEGINNING OF 2019, THE 5G NETWORK WAS 85 METROPOLITAN AREAS AND, AT THE END OF THAT YEAR, THE COVERAGE GREW TO COVER THE 93% OF THE POPULATION. IT IS EXPECTED THAT 100 PERCENT COVERAGE WILL BE ACHIEVED BY THE FIRST HALF OF 2022.
  3. AFFORDABLE RATES: TO ENCOURAGE THE MOVE TO THE 5G NETWORK, THE RATES OF SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR THE NEW NETWORK WERE EVEN CHEAPER THAN THE FEES TO USE LTE TECHNOLOGY. IN ADDITION, PROMOTIONS AROSE TO ACQUIRE 5G DEVICES WITH SUBSIDIES.

IN MEXICO, THE GAP STILL NEEDS TO BE CLOSED

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According to INEGI data, in Mexico there are 80.6 million internet users, which represent around the 70.1% of the population.

The first challenge in Mexico, according to Marco Antonio Gama Basarte, Secretary of the Senate Communications and Transportation Commission, will be to complete coverage.

In addition, internet access varies depending on the area of ​​the country. Meanwhile he 77.6 percent of the urban population is an internet user, only the 47.7 percent of the rural area of Mexico is connected.

 

How close is Mexico to deploying the 5G network?

 

 

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