10/09/2019 | BYPOR Nichole Rostad

What’s next: the barriers to break to connect millions of Mexicans

In the last 10 years, great progress has been made to connect people in Mexico to the internet, going from 27.6 million users in 2008 to 82.7 million in 2018. Meanwhile, connectivity continues to grow in importance as more and more business, education and entertainment activities live online.

There is still much to do to connect all Mexicans, especially those in areas unserved by traditional internet providers like cable and fiber. Here are some facts about the situation in Mexico.

In many of those unserved and underserved areas, satellite internet is filling the gaps. Part of Viasat’s efforts are focused on the internet quality being equally good for all users. This is especially important in  remote, rural communities, which are forgotten by the main terrestrial internet distributors. For them, it is typically not productive to install expensive infrastructure in places where few could afford that service.

Economic and geographical factors

The initiatives to connect Mexico are already showing results. With programs such as Viasat’s Community Wi-Fi — high-quality, affordable connectivity that runs at a speed higher than the average in Mexico — is made available in some of the most remote areas of the country. This is made possible with satellite technology that requires simple ground installations and are operated by people from the same communities — mainly those who have some type of business, like a grocery store.

The Viasat Community Wi-Fi access points are operating in nearly 3,000 locations throughout Mexico. There are also dozens of free connection points that the company has placed in strategic points of use. There is still a lot of work to be done, but Viasat is showing how technological advances in satellite internet are helping connect millions of people in Mexico and other Latin American countries.