According to the National Statistics Institute, 27.2 million Mexicans now have internet access, 22% more than a year ago. About 75% of connections are broadband.
No sooner had Teléfonos de México (Telmex) announced that it would boost broadband speed this year (2010) from 4 Megabytes per second (Mb/s) to 10 Mb/s, than Cablevisión, the cable division of media conglomerate Televisa, followed suit. Cablevisión promises speeds in excess of 10 Mb/s in Mexico City and surrounding areas within the next few months.
Televisa has dented Telmex’s dominance in telecommunications by bundling television, online and phone services into attractively-priced packages. However, to promote competition, Telmex, which supplies about 89% of fixed line telephone service in Mexico, is not currently authorized to also offer television services. Televisa is now reported to be considering launching its own cell phone network, perhaps in association with French firm Vivendi.
[Mexico’s communications, including telephones, the internet and the “digital divide” are discussed in detail in chapter 18 of Geo-Mexico: the geography and dynamics of modern Mexico.]