Security & Strategic Review - July 2020

MEXICO: Outdated communications network - another security weakness

Mexico’s outdated national radiocommunication network (RNR) has been identified as another factor undermining efforts by the security forces to combat criminality. The RNR is no longer considered a secure means of communication given that recent technological advancements have made it easy for third parties to infiltrate the network and intercept communications. Yet the security forces still largely rely on the RNR to communicate with each other across the country. The national guard (GN) has sought to accelerate the process of overhauling the RNR by upgrading its communications equipment. But by acting on its own, the GN has contributed to the fragmentation of the network, creating more potential problems.

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