Investments in telecommunications will grow 20% in Mexico: The CIU


In 2010 investments in the telecommunications sector will grow by almost 20% compared with the previous year, to settle at a level of 38 thousand 132 million pesos, according to projections by The Competitive Intelligence Unit (CIU).

Ernesto Piedras, Director General of the consultant, warned that this increase will occur if certain regulatory actions and mature as the tendering of the frequency spectrum, advances in the allocation of two fiber optic strands of the Federal Electricity Commission ( CFE) and the amounts allocated for cable operators to offer converged services, among others.

Other elements that contribute to that investment are higher than those of 2009 are the resource contention in previous years and the growth in demand for telecom services, forcing an increase in the traffic channel capacity, explained analyst. He stressed that the rates Telmex’s investment over the past 10 years have been declining, and increasingly represent a smaller proportion of the total amounts that will be incurred in the sector. A CIU analysis indicates that 5 to 7 years ago, Telmex’s investment, amounting to 40% of what they disbursed the remaining operators. However, by 2010 it is expected that 10 billion pesos that Telmex will invest equivalent to 20.8% of total investments in the telecommunications industry, the report of the firm. "Telmex has invested on average 13 thousand 924 million pesos in the last 10 years, so that the amounts announced for 2010 are below this average," said Stone.
The specialist said it is increasingly entering a period in which investment in the industry and not depend on one or two operators as in the past, but the momentum will come from competitors, he said. Stone said that since the first year of this administration has been a reduction in investment levels of Telmex, and other events as the change of management at the Federal Telecommunications Commission (Cofetel) and the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) coincide with a lower level in these amounts.

The telecommunications expert recalled that the SCT has among its principal mandates the promotion of investment and enhance the strategy to stimulate competition, so you need to specify the charges pending regulatory agenda.

Stone felt that the approval in Congress to remove restrictions on foreign direct investment in the fixed telecommunications networks will be another lever to increase the resources allocated for the deployment of new services.

"It’s important to get out of this slump paralysis regulatory protections and to encourage investment," said the economist.

Source: El Universal, Mexico

The SEP tenders for network expansion in the project for Edusat


The Ministry of Education released the number 00011002-001-10 and 00011002-002-10 bids to develop the project executive and the network expansion of the signal transmitter of EDUSAT on broadcast television network, consisting of huts operation and control and self-supporting telecommunications tower base metal structure in different states of the country.

Reference: Official Journal

Dell aims to raise educational quality

One of the largest manufacturers of computer equipment is elevating its commitment to education

Although coverage of basic education in Mexico is almost universal, there are still significant challenges in terms of educational quality.

The theme carries from aspects of poverty in which millions of Mexicans to the equipment of public and private schools.

It is in this last item where Dell, the computer hardware giant, is leading his batteries.

For now, today submitted a proposal to transform the educational model in the digital age, it is also a solution for equipping computer rooms or workshops, including the content, in addition to teacher training courses, not forgetting the consultancy and maintenance of equipment that is basic to any person or organization to buy a computer.

The program will be presented by Peter Wiegandt, for many years that corporate honcho here and who is now vice president of Latin America, and Oscar Pena, the current director of Dell in our country.

As I say, the intention is to address the educational backwardness of stress from the interaction of students from elementary, middle and high schools with information technology.

The intention is that from having laptops in the classroom, students can access more content, but also learn to discern the quality of that information and presents teachers where they seek to use the experience generated in recent years with Enciclomedia.

Another proposal is that the networked computers have these students can learn to work together, a skill that unfortunately has not efficiently permeate our education system and generates enormous difficulties for individuals to come into a company.

In regard to equipment, Dell chose to make adjustments to your computer Latitude 2100 that will allow teachers to know if they are connected to the network, as well as electronic boards and other devices for students to answer questionnaires and to determine in real time if the student is learning.

So far Dell is the expectation that the solution that I comment is acquired by private companies, although well organized any public school could agree to a proposal which, as I say, goes beyond selling hardware.

And is that the proposal to also include the advancement of the funding, which would create very clear schemes where payments for only 50 dollars monthly in addition to the student could have access to those computers.

Source: El Financiero, México

IFAI calls to Telmex and Telnor, interconnection agreements




The same institute report to the Civil Service of alleged failures of Cofetel, arguing that such arrangements were private

The full Federal Institute of Access to Public Information (IFAI) ordered the Federal Communications Commission (Cofetel) to deliver a public version of all interconnection agreements entered into by Telefonos de Mexico (Telmex) and Telefonos del Noroeste (Telnor) omitting data from the same location.

Also identified sight to the Ministry of Civil Service for their omissions Cofetel, in order to investigate possible irregularities and breaches of the Law of Transparency and Access to Information as the information requested is public.

The Cofetel had stated the nonexistence of the requested data then explained that it was unable to meet the request of the interconnection agreements concluded between Telmex Telnor and various companies with the argument that "reserved".

The allegations in analyzing the application for review, IFAI said that according to Article 15 of Basic Technical Interconnection Plan and inoperable, and the Register of Telecommunications, all dealers are required to provide the Commission with information on their premises and their points of interconnection.

So Cofetel had to acknowledge the nonexistence of the requested information, under which both companies have been remiss in complying with the Federal Telecommunications Act.

A proposal by the rapporteur Commissioner Angel Trinidad Zaldívar was resolved to revoke the response Cofetel both declare the failure of companies like Telmex and Telnor the same department, being responsible to regulate, promote and oversee the efficient development and social security cover telecommunications.

The commissioners condemned the "lightness" that Cofetel responded to the request for information.

Source: El Universal, Mexico

SCT launches tender for fiber-optic threads


A dark fiber yarn can ‘manage’ up to 2 million simultaneous calls, which stand for the national market

The Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) has launched the call for tender for a couple of strands of fiber optic telecommunications, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

In a notice published in the Official Gazette, the agency states that the concession to operate these threads is for 20 years, renewable.

The pair of wires has a total length of 19 thousand 469 kilometers and is divided into three routes throughout the country: Pacific, 8 thousand 120 kilometers, Center, 5 thousand 789 kilometers, and Gulf of 5 thousand 560 kilometers.

A dark fiber yarn, with the support of new technological developments can bring up to 2 million calls simultaneously.

According to the Commission’s technical studies and estimates of the SCT, this infrastructure is sufficient to support the requirements of the Mexican market.

Optical fiber is the basic infrastructure for the provision of telephony and data services for service providers, where the main competitors are Telmex, and the CFE itself.

The lease would mean the entry of a third player to increase competition.

Reference: El Reforma, México

The IT industry in Mexico will grow 3.2% this year: IDC


In Mexico, the industry of information technology (IT) will grow 3.2 percent this year and will recover until 2012 when 2008 levels, according to analyst firm IDC.

The impact of economic recession in the country with the fall in remittances, oil revenues, exports and also AH1N1 influenza, caused a contraction of 13 percent in the IT market at the cancellation of projects and freeze budgets, said Edgar Fierro , general manager of IDC Mexico.

The IT industry in Mexico grew at a rate of 10 to 12 percent annually before the fall of 13 percent in 2009. "There are signs of recovery but they will be slow because of its sustained growth will be 6.5 percent by the year 2013."

In his predictions for 2010, IDC found that the equipment segment will be the largest in the industry, followed by professional services and software licenses.

The priorities of executives to invest in IT are no longer cost savings, now is to find solutions to maintain their customer base and service quality, innovation and solutions for product development, and to increase productivity and sales.

Reference: El Financiero, Mexico

Intel looks to increase its workforce in Mexico


Intel Design Center, located in Tlaquepaque, contributed to the validation of approximately 40 products worldwide

Although in 2009 did not fare as expected, Intel Design Center, located in Tlaquepaque, develops an investment of $ 7 million that began last year and concluded in the first half of 2010.

Currently in its workforce has 390 people and could grow to 500 for the period 2011-2012, reported Jesus Palomino, general manager of the Center, adding that this complex validation mainly contributed approximately 40 products worldwide.

In 2008, the company is principally engaged in the validation of servers, laptops and computer graphics, and research and development of technologies that will be launched on the market in 5 or 10 years.

The manager said that 2010 is an optimistic year for a firm like Intel, but there will be investments to expand the Center.

"We’re thinking of bringing a new feature to the site, at least not this year, rather, what we have is to consolidate and for this, we increase our responsibilities in some projects. Announcing the investment in the range of 7 million dollars that did not execute all the initiative in 2009, finished the half "

The investment was focused on laboratories and cubicles.

The performance of Intel worldwide exceeded expectations with sales increased 29 percent during the last quarter of the year.

The leading manufacturer of microprocessors for personal computers, generated net revenues by 2 thousand 300 million dollars.

In contrast, in Mexico, the manufacturing sector was down behavior.

During 2008, the electronics industry investments generated $ 278 million while in 2009, the injection of capital totaled $ 101 million.

According to Cesar Castro, former president of the National Council of the Maquiladora and Manufacturing Industry Exports (CNIMME), this sector provided a drop of 200 thousand jobs in 2009; however, the balance was 110 thousand seats less.

Reference: Reforma, México

Closing Ceremony ADOC Center in Obregón City

This video shows the development of the program of technological literacy during the last two years. It presents a review of what has been done in this time. The objective of this program is to serve as a bridge between technology and society. And the purpose for Technological Literacy is the inclusion for society into technology. In order to accomplish with these goals, people will be able use and aplicate information technologies in their daily routines. And why is this done, is to take advantage of what technology can offer.

 Reference: OCHOA, Alcántar Jose Manuel. PATTE, Alfabetización Tecnológica, 2009.