• The transition to the digital era provides access to better quality and a greater variety of telephony, Internet and radio services, he said. 
  • He delivered digital TVs in the framework of the Transition to Digital Terrestrial Television.

 Earlier today, President Enrique Peña Nieto presented television number 8,200,000 to María Teresa Manzanero, and television sets to other families within the low-income population registered in the Ministry of Social Development (SEDESOL) lists to enable them to have this technology within the framework of the Transition to Digital Terrestrial Television.

 He explained that the analog signal will shut down on December 31, hence the government’s commitment to deliver 9.7 million TV sets to the same number of Mexican families, “Which will allow us to ensure that families with the lowest incomes have televisions,” he said.

 The president declared that this has involved an enormous logistic feat:

 "First, a transparent, open process was conducted to enable the government to purchase the 9.7 million televisions sets that are being delivered to the same number of families."

 “Second. The public had to be informed. It had to be told that the analogue signal  will be turned off and that it could receive a television set capable of receiving the digital signal. “This is what we are achieving and we are working against the clock. Over 70,000 television sets are being delivered daily in various states in the country,” he explained.

He said that many families in Mexico have old television sets that do not enable them to receive the digital signal, and although some have been able to buy them with their own money, it is the government’s responsibility to provide them for all the families include in SEDESOL’s lists.

President Peña Nieto said that the transition to the digital era provides access to higher quality and a greater variety of telephony, Internet and radio, higher quality and greater "And we will not only receive what we were used to seeing, on public television but eventually have more programming and better quality services for users, hence the importance of shifting to the digital age.”

He added that the signal will better quality, with better audio and clearer, and save electricity since the old appliances consume more electricity than digital TVs.

He said the transition to the digital age, “Will enable the government to make an enormous effort in the shared network, as it is called, to take the Internet and television signal to places in very remote areas of the country, where there is currently no access to the Internet."

He said that Telecommunications Reform is designed, among other things, to ensure that the entire population, all Mexicans, have access to telecommunications services, Internet access, telephony and radio across the country, adding that the cost of these services has been reduced.

It also seeks and promotes competition, which benefits the economy of Mexican families as well as lowering the inflation rate which, according to the Bank of Mexico, is due, among other things, the entry into force of Telecommunications Reform.

“The fact that all communities are incorporated into these services and that they are quality services,” he said, "is one of the benefits of this reform, which is for the welfare of all Mexican families,” he said.

During his tour of the television delivery modules and the SEDESOL services fair, the president met with low-income families from the state.


Secretary of Communications and Transport Gerardo Ruiz Esparza informed the president that today, as part of the Terrestrial Digital Transition Program, which seeks to serve all the households included in the SEDESOL list, 6,200 television sets were delivered at various centers, while 76,000 television sets were delivered in 11 states in Mexico.

He said that the commitment is to deliver 9.4 million television sets to the same number of households by December 15, and 9.7 million television sets by December 20, as stipulated by the Constitution.