SES-17 delivers free internet over Mexico
March 9, 2023
By Chris Forrester
SES has struck a deal with Mexico’s federal agency CFE Telecomunicaciones e Internet para Todos (CFE TEIT) to deploy more than 1,100 broadband hotspots as part of the Federal Government’s initiative ‘Internet para todos’ (Internet for everyone).
These sites are enabled by the very high throughput Ka-band SES-17 satellite and will benefit communities across the entire Mexican territory by providing free Internet access in public areas.
SES says its Managed Internet via SES-17 is delivered as a fully managed solution to the CFE TEIT, which allows the federal agency to flexibly optimise bandwidth needs as demand changes while reducing the cost and complexity of delivering satellite connectivity. This collaboration sees the second deployment of SES’s capacity under the initiative ‘Internet para todos’ following on from over 1,000 free hotspots enabled via the SES-15 satellite last year.
These Wi-Fi hotspots are installed in strategic places such as public squares, community spaces, schools and hospitals throughout the country to guarantee reliable Internet access for the entire population, especially for the most remote regions and underserved communities.
“Connecting the unconnected remains a vital challenge, as it can help to end isolation and diverse forms of marginalisation endured by many communities and individuals in remote areas that are outside the reach of terrestrial infrastructure. At SES, we are very proud to support the CEF TEIT in their mission to connect all the Mexican population and bring reliable connectivity services that can support their productive, academic, and well-being activities,” said Omar Trujillo, VP/Network Sales for Americas at SES.