President Enrique Peña Nieto led the 58th National Radio and Television Week.
One of the most important social functions of the National Chamber of the Radio and Television Industry is its daily contribution to the exercise of freedom of expression.
“”One of the main values of democracy is the strength of its media, which reflects diversity, plurality of opinion and freedom of expression”: EPN
The government defends the plurality of ideas, as a democratic achievement and an inalienable right of Mexicans.
Accordingly, the Telecommunications and Broadcasting Reform was guided by the following principle: expand freedom of expression and access to new technologies.
“This may well be the reform that has achieved the most noticeable success in the very short term”: EPN
Achievements of Telecommunications Reform
- Reduction in the cost of various telecommunications services, reflected in a greater number of users of new technologies.
- In just four years, from 2012 to 2016, the number of Internet users has grown by almost 30 million, from 41 to 70 million users; a 74 percent increase in just four years.
- Progress has been made in the process to create a shared wholesale network
"The largest telecommunications project in the history of Mexico, and indeed the world. There is no other model like the Telecommunications Reform of the Shared Network, which will enable significant benefits to be extended throughout the country”: EPN
- It is anticipated that another 40 million Mexicans, many in isolated communities, will be able to access a latest generation mobile network at better prices.
- Private operators will be able to rent rooftops and other areas of over 13,000 federal properties to install telecommunications infrastructure at low cost.
- Up to eleven million Federal Electricity Commission posts will be able to be used to install fiber optic infrastructure throughout the country.
- As a result of this reform, on 17 October, the third national television network began operating, which increases competition in the sector and expands the range of contents available.
”This is a qualitative change that took place in an environment of total normality, when in 2012, it was one of the most controversial points in the election campaign”: EPN
- The Federal Telecommunications Institute played a key role, establishing the legal and technical criteria required to provide certainty in the sector. This autonomous body will call for tenders for 123 television signals, which will permit new regional television networks in the country.
- The bidding process for 191 FM and 66 AM stations is currently underway. They are transparent, legal processes, based on the best international practices and implemented by incorporating the recommendations of the broadcasting industry.
“I understand that these processes of change are not always simple, but in the medium and long term, they give strength, and above all certainty to a key sector for the country's life”: EPN