The opening ceremony of ConvergenciaShow.Mx was centered on the digital transformation that has changed the sector, and even society: Salma Jalife Villalón, Undersecretary of Communications and Technological Development of the Ministry of Communications and Transport; Mtro. Gabriel Contreras Saldívar, Commissioner President of IFT; Mónica Aspe Bernal, VP Telecom Canieti; Miguel Calderón Lelo de Larrea, VP of Liaison with Business Organizations of CANIETI, and Dr. Gabriel Székely, General Director of ANATEL, were the ones who had the floor before a full audience of visitors.
Jalife Villalón highlighted that with the participation of the multiple stakeholders in the sector, they have generated diverse communication bridges for the design of public policies and identified areas of opportunity and challenges. These will be overcome with the construction of public policies aimed at satisfying communications in a broad convergent sense.
“With the pace of technological evolution, the Government of the Republic has proposed, starting with the fourth revolution, to energize Mexico’s digital transformation to become a more competitive and inclusive country in digital matters,” said the official, adding: “The main lines of action are transport and high performance networks with which we face more demanding requirements in terms of speed and volume of information exchange, latency and availability of networks as a result of new applications and the emergence of new technologies.
To this end, we will provide the development of high-speed networks and manage public infrastructure to facilitate their deployment, optimizing intelligent interconnection. In terms of coverage and access, they are concerned with improving the conditions of digital inclusion of the population, where it is not enough to have infrastructure to ensure that people manage to improve their quality of life. That is why there will be universal and social coverage, even in unprofitable communities and affordability.
For his part, Commissioner President IFT, Contreras Saldivar, stressed that “today everything converges with everything” and all paradigms change, such as Apple in the financial sector, Google, working in networks with an underwater cable, Amazon incursion into physical stores, etc.
“We must drive Mexico to a mature digital economy, which could make the GDP grow 15% in the next 6 years. Competitiveness, development and growth in this convergence of physical and virtual and vice versa are the axes as generating certainty to investments with flexible regulation, for greater and better connectivity and generate conditions that promote innovation, with effective conditions of competition. Telecommunications is a transversal sector in the entire economy and even in society,” he explained.
Calderón Lelo de Larrea said that we have passed from the industrial era to the data era and a massive disruption of all industries, organizations and models, with people-based principles of digitalization” and highlighted that the spectrum scheme model is obsolete
Monica Aspe Bernal, VP Telecom Canieti, commented that in the last 5 years 56 million Mexicans were connected for the first time and soon the 35 million who still need to connect will do so. “Let’s continue on the path with emphasis not only on coverage but also on competition, which has to do with affordability,” she said. While Székely predicted that the industry must do its homework to contribute to Mexico’s opportunity for change.