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The Week in Tech: Mexico City Second in the World in Free Wi-Fi Spots

By Alessa Flores | Mon, 12/16/2019 - 09:25

Smart cities are growing all over the world as they increasingly embrace technology. Experts, including McKinsey, estimate the urban population is set to grow by 65 million per year till 2025 and declare technology is the key tool to solve and manage the problems of emerging smart cities.

Mexico City is consolidating as one of the strongest smart cities in the world as 13,694 free-Wi-Fi poles with a download capacity of 20MB were installed in its Historic Center. The city is only behind Moscow that has 18,000 Wi-Fi poles. Governor of Mexico City Claudia Sheinbaum announced that since the program was implemented in May, 11 million connections have been registered in the city.

Now, let's jump into the most relevant technology news with the Week in Tech!

 

NATIONAL

  • The first Mexican satellite will be deployed for video surveillance. According to the company Seguritech, with the release of PSLV mission C48, the country is now at the forefront of state-of-the-art security technology and it will be an important ally in the design of safety strategies as it will provide weather information, disaster prevention and land measurements.
  • 5G will be a reality in 2025 in Mexico but only at the consumer level, according to Germán Ortiz, Industry and Technology Leader in Deloitte. However, the adoption of this new technology might take a while, since there is a percentage of the population that has still 2G and 3G.
  • José Antonio Vázquez, Director of Cyber Security at Microsoft Mexico, believes that although there are government plans and initiatives to improve cybersecurity issues in Mexico, such as the development of a National Cybersecurity Program, it is still a growing area in need of policies that encourage it to become a priority.

INTERNATIONAL

 

  • Talos Digital, headquartered in Latin America, announced this week its partnership with Adobe, the American multinational software company. The collaboration aims at helping Talos Digital to become one of a dozen companies in Latin America to qualify as a Certified Business Solution Partner and expand the e-commerce footprint across the region.

 

 

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Alessa Flores Alessa Flores Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst