WiMAX seens as key to boosting broadband penetration

25 May 2007

Roberto Martínez, southern and central regional director for Canieti, has told BNamericas that the electronics, telecommunications and IT association regards WiMAX services as a key factor in improving the country’s broadband penetration rate. ‘Mobile broadband technology, such as WiMAX, is a much less costly option for the installation of telecoms infrastructure than a wired installation… [as much as] eight times less,’ Martínez said. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Mexico had a broadband penetration of 3.2% at the end of 2006. Telecoms regulator Cofetel’s commissioner José Luis Peralta told BNamericas last week that the watchdog plans to start the auction process for concession licenses in the 3.4GHz-3.7GHz band for wireless broadband services in as little as two weeks.