Mexico and Colombia ink telecoms cooperation deal

3 Aug 2011

The governments of Mexico and Colombia have signed a deal establishing a framework for cooperation in the fields of telecommunications and information technology. During the Colombian President’s visit to Mexico, Diego Molano Vega, the Minister of Information Technologies and Telecommunications and his Mexican counterpart, Minister of Communications and Transport, Dionisio Perez-Jacome Friscione signed an agreement to set up mechanisms for cooperation regarding network security, and the sharing of information and materials. It also laid the groundwork for future pooling of expertise by exchanging specialists, joint seminars and conferences and combined training of personnel.

Friscione said that the bilateral dialogue would also benefit discussions in regional and international forums such as the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Mesoamerican Project (PM). He went on to add that the pact would ‘strengthen and deepen’ the links that bind the two nations through a relationship based on ‘common interests and complementarity’.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Mexico and Colombia have the second and fourth largest wireless markets in the region, with 93.2 million and 44.4 million mobile subscribers respectively at the end of March 2011.