With the traditional ribbon cutting at the entrance of the Expo, the third edition of ConvergenciaShow.MX, was officially inaugurated at the WTC in Mexico City, by Lic. José Guadalupe Zuno Cuellar, president of ATIM, Mtro. Edgar Olvera, Undersecretary of Telecommunications of the SCT; Gabriel Contreras Saldivar, commissioner, president of IFETEL, Mtro. Mario de la Cruz Sarabia, president of the National Chamber of the Electronic Industry of Telecommunications and Information Technology (CANETI), Dr. Gabriel Székely Sánchez, general director of ANATEL, as well as Rafael Val, director of Convergencia, together with Salomón Padilla, VP of the independent telecommunications association of Mexico.
“It is a great effort to be able to bring together the telecommunications and broadcasting industry in a single space. Without a doubt, these are very important years for Mexico, and in a substantial way thanks to the Telecommunications reform. This is something that as an industry we must not fail to recognize. Today the country has more than 70 million internet users and a coverage of 64%; more than 85 billion pesos have been invested in infrastructure of the sector, according to data from the IFT. The shared network is one of the most important projects, hoping to connect 92% of the population. It is estimated that by the year 2021 there will be 102 million mobile connections, and that 81 percent will be through 3g and 4g smartphones; the 5g network is already at the door of the corner,” said Mr. Mario de la Cruz Sarabia, president of the National Chamber of the Electronic Industry of Telecommunications and Information Technology (CANETI).
He added that: “Video traffic will increase 7 times, which will represent very important challenges and that as an industry we should reflect on these. We have 6 pillars 121 proposals for the industry, we have the challenge of connecting 50 million Mexicans and CANETI is proposing a universal pact, for the deployment of infrastructure between the three levels of government: federal, state and municipal, the latter being of great importance for the development of infrastructure”.
For his part, Gabriel Contreras Saldivar, commissioner, president of IFETEL, said: “Today we have new services that are provided through the Internet and are growing impressively. Our country became the second largest market for Netflix worldwide in 2015, we rank first in terms of subscribers who see this OTT every day. We are in Mexico the third country that consumes videos through Youtube, and the same in Uber; we talk about three foreign platforms, which are used more and more for this kind of financial transactions. The services are completely different in what service operators, platforms and TV converge. We are facing the arrival of smart cities and the internet of things”.
Meanwhile, Edgar Olvera, Undersecretary of Telecommunications of the SCT, highlighted: “Since the telecommunications reform, there has been a reconfiguration of the market in Mexico, not only in prices but also in higher levels of penetration, more investment, better services; in addition to sowing a different base of dialogue between the actors who are immersed in the market and competitors, as well as authorities and regulators. Although the reform does not expressly say that they have to converge, if the new conditions demand it, and increasingly so. This gives us the possibility to grow the business. Based on this new call, we have been able to have significant leaderships through CANETI, ANATEL and ATIM, in order to compete healthily. Today, telecommunications are part of the urban equipment, the country’s economy is strong and stable, and operators continue to invest so that this sector remains the catalyst that drives the development engines for this country,” he concluded.