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MEXICO - Telecoms & IT

Laura Valencia Delgado

Independent Business Developer, Carriers Relations Specialist


With an MBA from Universidad La Salle and a degree in Telecommunications and Electronic Engineering from IPN-ESIME, Laura Valencia Delgado possesses 33 years of experience in the IT sector. Previously, she served as the carriers relations director at Quattrocom and later as an IT Business Developer at BN Telecom Carrier (now MxFiber). Throughout her career, she has held key positions such as business developer manager at Finca Santa VeraCruz, service network integration specialist at Telefónica México-Movistar, and finance and administration manager at GCTelecom. Notably, she received the award for the Best Network Consultant in Consorcio Red Uno and has earned certifications in Project Management Professional (PMP), Total Quality, Cisco Certified Sales Expert, Developing Management Skills, ISO 9001, and various telecommunications courses.

"In recent years, more metro fiber networks have been implemented in the major cities of the southeast, or cities of great relevance for states such as Puebla, Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán, and Quintana Roo."

Companies are finding innovative ways to improve telecommunications infrastructure in the Southeast with low-latency, fiber-optic networks and submarine cables.

To talk about Mexico’s southeast is to talk about more than the rich culture—with its gastronomy and tourism that encapsulate these states. States that boast beautiful cities such as Mérida, Yucatán, and the most visited tourist regions in the world one can find in the Riviera Maya and Cancún. The southeast part of the country also has a high concentration of indigenous populations, eager to have telecommunication services such as high-quality internet, television, and telephone service.

The Southeast must evolve its telecommunications connectivity infrastructure, as the lack of such services has isolated the states and stalled the growth the region could have had, which is evidenced in the central and northern parts of the country. The availability of telecommunications services would allow the region to become more than the tourist and port area that is known as today.

In recent years, more metro fiber networks have been implemented in the major cities of the southeast, or cities of great relevance for states such as Puebla, Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán, and Quintana Roo.

However, the metropolitan areas of Oaxaca, the state with the largest number of municipalities—at 570—and Chiapas, which is the state located at the southernmost part of the country—adjoining Guatemala’s frontier—need to be developed more than they already are, as it is difficult to introduce the full accessibility that internet services can provide given the current condition of the states.

Mexico’s center and north have had an advantage for years, being closer to the North American frontier with the US, which has allowed them to have a fast flow of data traffic, carrying great amounts data with Tier 1 Networks and National Carriers. That is not the case for the Southeast, since the amount of data allowed to go from Central Mexico to the southeast faces many challenges, especially on long-haul networks. The metro fiber networks that have been built in the Southeast work as independent islands with minimal options of long-haul connectivity. And yet to implement and activate a long-haul link between Mexico’s central region and the southeast would amount to an increase of time and money when compared to just the central part of the country.

Mexican companies such as IENTC Telecom are working to increase connectivity to the southeast, implementing networks that would provide the existing metro fiber networks with low-latency, fiber-optic networks, going down from Puebla, Veracruz, and Tabasco, which have high capacities of IP at competitive prices, as well as latest generation’s transport technology.
IENTC’s main objective is to provide the entire country with a long-haul network that connects the northern frontier with the Yucatán Peninsula.

Another of the projects discussed at large is the submarine cable from Gold Data that plans in the near future to disembark on Veracruz and bring with it high data capacity from America’s Network Access Point (NAP) in Miami to distribute them to the center of the country and Cancún; it will also be available to ISPs from the southeast keen to go to Veracruz for internet capacity. This is an interesting project that would go through the Gulf of Mexico reduce latency.

Through the Riviera Maya two submarine cables go down from Miami, from Telmex and Liberty Networks, to the landing points in Cancún and Tulum, bringing with them direct capacity from America’s NAP. However, the price has been prohibitive for those local operators keen to buy capacity and distribute it within the hotel, residential, and business sector.

Mexico’s Southeast is a region that faces connectivity challenges with the rest of the country, as carrying high amounts of data is difficult due to the local geography. This is a challenge that many carriers have had to face as they try to distribute a proper network infrastructure that will give better connectivity to this vast area.



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