Launch of 5G speeds up in Mexico because of Covid-19

Users and companies are considering that a good connection is the first necessity, this has caused that the carriers are planning the deployment of 5G in Mexico in a more anticipated way, because the market is demanding it.

The need for faster connection, as well as the transmission of more and more specialized content will cause 5G technology to be deployed in Mexico faster. Stock image
The need for faster connection, as well as the transmission of more and more specialized content will cause 5G technology to be deployed in Mexico faster. Stock image

The Internet connection has become in recent days something essential to be able to work, entertain and interact remotely, however the lack of connection or latency that exists in the networks has caused an unpleasant experience for consumers, which is causing more and more customers to seek a more stable connection.

Part of the 5G expansion was already expected in Mexico, though the introduction of 5G was to occur by the end of 2020, focusing on the deployment of enterprise networks. Today the perspective is different. Not only will it be a business issue, but deployment will be required for the education sector, for government and for connecting thousands of homes in the country.

Remote working has caused those at home to seek to improve the home network services they have, because they require not just one connection, but several connections to be at school, on a video call or sharing visual content.

A few months ago, Deloitte predicted that the arrival of 5G would be ready in the country until 2025, at least on a commercial level. The telecommunications consultancy firm, The Competitive Intelligence Unit, also predicted a delay in the deployment of 5G networks of at least 18 months.

The 5G network requires a new ecosystem in infrastructure, so the economic effects, the reduction in the production of products from China, as well as the readjustment in investments, will impact the trend. Some recent developments in the country could be key to 5G investment adjustment.

Proof of this was the assignment of concessions on 3.5 GHz broadband made by Telmex to Telcel, an input that could serve the cell phone company for the deployment of 5G. The companies formalized the deal on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 and notified it on the 30th to the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT).

Can Mexico build a 5g coverage with the 800 MHz band?

Are the frequencies in the 800 Megahertz - recently returned by a commercial operator to the Mexican state - an opportunity to push Internet coverage and to create a foundation of 5G in rural communities, remote populations or in those economically depressed?

Specialists estimate that it will, given that 5G will not only be characterized by offering low latency that will take medicine and the automotive sector to another level; nor that it will be faster just to download movies in a few seconds, because the great promise of fifth-generation (5G) networks is to detonate businesses on the Internet of Things (IoT), invent new applications and above all, bring connectivity to everyone.

In Mexico, the current federal government has promised to bring telephony and the Internet to all those remote or economically poor communities; it has also promised that recently one of the three big national operators of the mobile market decided to return to the State the frequencies it had in a concession in the 800 MHz spectrum and as a result of a business strategy designed to migrate its users from 2G to 4G and to concentrate on capacity bands better used in urban centers, such as 2.5 GHz.

The Mexican government then has today, through the recently created state-owned CFE Telecomunicaciones and Internet for All, a single concession title for social use of national coverage, frequencies between 16 and 35 MHz of bandwidth in 800 MHz, depending on the region of the country, and operators of services from free use spectrum and also satellite operators on which it can rely to meet its goal of connecting Mexicans.

It has also designated an item of almost 56 million dollars, 1,095 million pesos so that the state can start operations in areas of zero coverage or in those where the networks are 3G technology and lower. This budget is scarce to meet the government's plans, but indicate a good intention to want to expand coverage.

Occupying the regional pieces of the 800 MHz returned to the State is an alternative and it would be necessary to verify if these bands can be used in the future for these purposes or to enable their use for this purpose.