LatinNews Daily - 11 August 2022

In brief: Mexico announces internet investment

* Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced that his government will invest M$30bn (US$1.5bn) to boost internet access across the country. He said the focus would be on ensuring isolated communities had access to the internet, stating that many parts of Mexico did not even have mobile coverage. “I am going to meet with workers in six regions of the country, because we need to use the infrastructure, the fibre optic, all the transmission lines to install the equipment [and] have the whole network,” he said in a press conference. According to Mexico’s federal telecommunications institute (IFT), around two-thirds of households in Mexico currently have access to the internet. However, one in five indigenous people, who often live in more remote parts of the country, still lack access to any mobile phone service.

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