Alfredo González
Latin America North Head for Enterprise and Public Sector
Marco Vigueras
Country Senior Officer for Mexico
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The Boom for Telecom Services in Mexico

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 09:49

Q: What impact did the 2013 Telecommunications Reform have on the Mexican market and what areas of opportunity still exist?
MV: The Telecommunications Reform generated a huge boom for telecoms services in Mexico, an area in which the country was lagging. As more competitors enter the market, the user has more options for providers and services. The reform also contributed to creating more professional jobs in the country, especially in engineering and telecommunication studies. Overall, the economy was revitalized as the rules for doing business changed. The route toward the Shared Network has also made communications more accessible to all Mexicans. It is a unique project with the potential of becoming a worldwide example of success.
Q: How is the future of telecommunication networks looking in Mexico and what is Nokia’s role in developing it?
MV: AirFrame and AirScale are two architectures being promoted by Nokia in alignment with the company’s vision of developing telecommunications infrastructure. The idea is that these can work with existing platforms like 4G LTE and at the same time are ready to migrate to future platforms, like 5G. Regarding the 5G network, we had estimated it would be implemented by 2020, but our CEO has announced that it is anticipated for 2019. The market is moving at a faster rate and exponentially demands new technologies. 5G networks will allow people to live in a different way, with higher speeds and more data, while at the same time migrating to IoT and the interconnection of devices. This may appear to be simple but it has the potential to be as futuristic as we wish.
AG: Nokia is already deploying 5G networks in several cities abroad. I believe that one of the key contributions of 5G to IoT is latency performance, which is so low it enables the automation of many business processes. 4G allows it but 5G will further perfect it. For example, Nokia automated the first mine worldwide with 4G LTE. Also, we contributed to developing connectivity so data can reach systems through different means and be processed in real time. We offer solutions that enhance data automation while ensuring data protection policies. Our platform is flexible enough to adapt to our clients’ needs. In Mexico, we are working to have local districts developing connectivity solutions.
In Smart Cities, Nokia is focusing on the implementation of smart lighting to allow cities to be safer and to optimize their energy consumption. We are also working with video analytics solutions to allow the operation of a greater number of surveillance cameras with fewer personnel. For example, any abnormal move at a train station, such as people going in an unusual direction or somebody leaning into a forbidden area, will trigger an alarm. Instead of having to monitor all the cameras, the human personnel will just focus on those that have been triggered.
Q: What are Nokia’s most emblematic projects in Mexico up to 2020?
MV: The Shared Network is one of Nokia’s key projects at the moment. Everything is going well and we believe we will comply with the deadlines. We are also working with several clients to carry out due diligence and to ensure that they will have the required infrastructure for 5G when it arrives. Our job is to prepare all operators so they will be ready for 5G networks. Nokia is also working on transportation, energy and government communications systems, among others.
AG: In transportation, we can contribute a great deal. For example, we are working on NAIM, advising the different stakeholders on how it should work in terms of telecommunications. It is important to highlight that we are proposing technologies for 2020 through fixed broadband for internal telecommunications (Passive Optical LAN) with military-grade security, lower investment and lower operational costs, among other benefits. Also, we are proposing 4G LTE solutions for airports, as we believe that the airport should supply users with wireless connectivity solutions.