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Mayan Train, Poor Telecommunications Infrastructure

By Andrea Villar | Thu, 07/15/2021 - 16:20

This week, The National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism reported on the progress of the Mayan Train, stating that shipments containing rails for the project arrived this week. It also said that Section 1 of the train generates 10,534 jobs in Tabasco and Chiapas, while 70,488 employees will be placed in the five sections of the project. Meanwhile, the telecommunications sector's infrastructure has been falling behind, an IFT survey showed.

This and more in your weekly infrastructure roundup!

  • Technology in cities should provide certainty in services, hygiene, safety, communication possibilities, opportunities for education, culture and knowledge, Federico de Arteaga, Head of Project at Tequila Inteligente wrote on Mexico Business this week. In this article, he explains why "smart is not enough" when it comes to cities and explains how the city of Tequila is transforming from an industrial town solely dedicated to the production of tequila, to a city with a focus on tourism as an economic engine.


  • The National Tourism Development Fund (FONATUR) received three shipments of rails for the Mayan Train, equivalent to 15,493 tons, which will be used for the construction of the new railway system. Railway companies from the US, Thailand, Malaysia, Chile and Brazil participated in the process, but none of those companies are on the US Bureau of Industry and Security’s list of sanctioned companies. Where in Mexico did these shipments arrive and what do they include? Find out here.


  • Mexico’s government is interested in creating a space and satellite complex in Mexico. This week the first investment attraction and promotion tour for the development of space infrastructure in Mexico took place, said the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) through the Mexican Space Agency (AEM). “The enthusiasm for training new generations of young people in space and satellite studies and attracting investment in this sector is growing,” said AEM Director General Salvador Landeros Ayala. The State of Mexico is likely to be the prime destination for this project, he added.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic showed that Mexico's infrastructure is insufficient, according to 67 percent of experts and telecommunications companies surveyed by the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT). Most telecommunications companies foresee an increase in investment in both fixed and mobile services, according to IFT’s Survey of Expectations of the Telecommunications Sector 2021. The survey stems from regulators' need for new tools to detect and address challenges based on market realities. It details that the groups surveyed place-fixed and mobile internet coverage as a priority, followed by net neutrality and voice and data services. Get the full picture here.


  • Due to the recent e-commerce boom that rose as product of the pandemic, and an increase in demand for industrial parks, the cities of Toluca, Cuautitlan, Tultitlan and Tepozotlan in the State of Mexico remain at the forefront of the industrial park real estate business. Over the past three years, these cities have risen to the top in regard to industrial real estate. Toluca, for instance, combines the presence of private and public industrial parks. In the private sector, companies such as Prolegis and Parks, which both have national coverage and extensive experience in the market, are the main drivers of the industrial sector, reported by the Real Estate Platform Solili. The complete details are here.
  • In the wake of the numerous floods affecting the center and north of Mexico, Germán Martínez, Director of the National Water Commission (CONAGUA), explained that the commission is developing and implementing programs to adapt and improve drainage infrastructure. Most of the floods that have occurred in large cities are due to the lack of drainage infrastructure, added Martínez. Read the complete article here.
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Andrea Villar Andrea Villar Journalist and Industry Analyst