• I have a  well-founded optimism that we will be able to build a new work agenda in the bilateral relationship, which will be positive and benefit the societies of both countries, he said.
  • My priority will continue to be to care for Mexico and protect  Mexicans,” he said.
  • A democratic nation, such as Mexico, cannot be explained without the media fully exercising its freedom of expression. The government therefore defends the plurality of ideas, as a democratic achievement and an inalienable right of Mexicans.
  • “We are moving forward in the process of creating a Shared  Wholesale Network, the largest telecommunications project in the history of Mexico, and the only one of its kind in the world,” he said.
  • 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.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said today that with the next US government, “We will seek to establish a relationship of dialogue, respect and trust, because both countries are allies, partners and neighbors”.

“In the context of the situation we are experiencing today, that is the spirit with which we wish to imbue the new relationship we will be building following Donald Trump’s election as US president, he said.

He reiterated that, “Mexicans must be united in this new chapter in our bilateral relationship”. My priority, he added, “will be to continue to care for Mexico and protect  Mexicans”.

He declared: “I have a  well-founded optimism that we will be able to build a new work agenda in the bilateral relationship, which will be positive and benefit the societies of both countries”.

As he led the central event of the 58th National Radio and Television Week, whose slogan is, “Unity, dialogue and respect,” the president said that one of the most important social functions of the National Chamber of the Radio and Television Industry (CIRT) is its daily contribution to the exercise of freedom of expression.

He said that, “A democratic nation, such as Mexico, cannot be explained without the media fully exercising its freedom of expression”.

He said that, “The government therefore defends the plurality of ideas, as a democratic achievement and an inalienable right of Mexicans”.

“There should be no limitation on freedom of speech and the press. On the contrary, the authorities and industry must continue working together to expand the exercise of this right, on the basis of the growth and development of the sector,” he said.

He said that accordingly, “The Telecommunications and Broadcasting Reform, which Mexicans achieved, was guided by the principles of expanding freedom of expression and access to new technologies”.

The telecommunications reform has achieved the most noticeable success in the very short term

The president explained that this reform is probably the one that, “Has reached the most noticeable success in the very short term”.

Firstly, he said, “There has been a significant reduction in the cost of various telecommunications services, reflected in a greater number of users of new technologies”. By way of an example, he said that, “From 2012 to 2016, in just four years, 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”.

He declared: "We are moving forward in the process of creating a Shared  Wholesale Network, the largest telecommunications project in the history of Mexico, and the only one of its kind in the world. There is no other model like the Telecommunications Reform of the Shared Network, which will enable significant benefits to be spread throughout the country”:

He explained that , “As a result, 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”.

He noted that it is important to advance in this area, “Because it is estimated that in four years time, the average user will require eight times the mobile data he uses today; that is, today we have a network, which, like a road network, will have more users in no time”.

"This shared network will mean, if we draw an analogy or metaphor with what could be our highway network, expanding the width, widening roads, and making more roads to enable a larger number of users to circulate. This is precisely what will happen in this network we are promoting, for which calls for tenders have already been issued,” he added.

President Peña Nieto said that as a result of the reform, “Private operators will be able to rent rooftops and other areas of over 13,000 federal properties at low cost to install telecommunications infrastructure. They will also be able to use up to eleven million Federal Electricity Commission posts to install fiber optic infrastructure throughout the country.

He added that 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”. He expressed congratulated Grupo Imagen, which was incorporated as a new television network.

“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,” he said.

The president said that in this transformation, “The Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) played a clear role, establishing the legal and technical criteria required to provide certainty in the sector”.

He said that, “This autonomous body will call for tenders for 123 television signals, which will permit new regional television networks in the country. The IFT has called for bids for 191 FM and 66 AM stations. 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”:

The president referred to a concern expressed by Edgar Pereda Gómez, Chairman of the CIRT Board, concerning broadcasting endorsements. He reported that the Finance and Public Credit Secretariat has designed a simple credit instrument to support micro, small and medium broadcasters: “The National Financial Development agency will provide up to 2.5 million pesos, at preferential rates, to companies in localities with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants; while Nacional Financiera will lend up to 15 million pesos to other larger broadcasters, using their concession as collateral”.

At the event, the President presented the Antenna Awards: winners in the Radio category included Arnoldo Rodríguez Zermeño, from the XHZR Zacatecas radiobroadcaster; Marco Antonio Contreras Santoscoy, from Radio Contreras, Guanajuato; and José Luis Morales from Aguascalientes.

Francisco Aguirre Gómez, President of Grupo Radio Centro, was awarded a prize for lifetime achievement and for being the concessionaire of XEH-AM, a groundbreaking station in Mexico with 95 years on the air.

Prizewinners in the Television category included Antonio de Valdes from Televisa; and Adrian Patiño Lara from TV Azteca.

The winner of the Artistic Merit category was singer Manuel Mijares; while Grupo SIPSE TV and the Mexican Radio Institute won prizes in the Social Service category.

Radiobroadcasters will respond to the government’s call to confirm our full, permanent, and unwavering commitment to Mexico: CIRT

Chairman of the Board of the National Chamber of Industry of Radio and Television (CIRT) Edgar Pereda Gómez said that President Peña Nieto’s administration,  “Ushers in a new stage in our history, involving an economic order  that will mark a course in our country.”

“In democracy, with a society and institutions, with educational reform that provides opportunities for young people, because, as the young country that we are, we demand participatory, pluralistic quality education,” he added.

He declared: “Let us take advantage of the reforms in your government to ensure effective, real competition, where fair, orderly conditions prevail to ensure proper corporate sustainability, and make it possible to maintain workers’ jobs and income as well as investment in order to incorporate new technologies in keeping with national development”.

"We have started down the road and although there have been difficulties, the commitment to Mexico has remained intact," he said, thanking the president for the fact that, “Today, Mexico is back in the most important global forums, having favorable consequences in the political, economic and social spheres”.

He said that, “For  over 90 years, ever since broadcasting began in Mexico, our signals have been serving the best causes of our nation,” adding that: “Mexico’s radiobroadcasters will always answer the government’s call to confirm our full, permanent unwavering commitment to Mexico”.