Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT) publishes figures on Internet access and use in Mexico in the fourth quarter of 2018 (4Q18).
- According to data from the Telecommunications Information Bank, at the end of 2018, Mexico has 88 million 285 thousand 740 lines of Mobile Broadband (BAM). This figure is 8.9% higher than the figure registered in December 2017, when the country had 81.1 million lines.
- For the same period, of the total BAM lines, 64.9 million are in prepaid mode, which represents an increase of 7% compared to the close of 2017; and 23.3 million in postpaid, equivalent to 14.3% more than in December of the previous year.
- At the end of 2018, traffic through fourth generation networks (4G) represented 70.5% of the total, while traffic that was transferred through 3G and 2G networks was 29.2% and 0.3%, respectively.
- In five years, from December 2013 to the end of 2018, the teledensity of this service went from 29 lines for every 100 inhabitants to 71 lines for every 100 inhabitants, that is more than triple. Also, between 4Q17 and 4Q18 the teledensity of this service increased 9%, while from 4Q16 to 4Q17, the increase was 7%.
- According to data from the BIT at the end of 2018, Mexico has 18 million 478 thousand 88 broadband access (BAF). This figure is 8% higher than the figure registered in December 2017, when the country had 17.1 million accesses.
- For the same period, of the total of BAF lines, 16.09 million are residential accesses, which represents 87.1% of the total, compared to 12.9% of non-residential accesses, equivalent to 2.38 million.
- At the end of 2018, the number of accesses by optical fiber represented 20.1%, with 3.72 million, while those corresponding to coaxial cable and DSL were 38% and 38.8%, respectively, that is 7.01 million and 7.16 million accesses.
- In five years, from December 2013 to the end of 2018, the penetration of this service went from 41 to 54 accesses per 100 households, that is, 32% more households. The growth rate in teledensity of this service between 4Q17 and 4Q18 was 6 percent.
- According to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), from June 2017 to June 2018, Mexico was the second country with the highest growth in the penetration of the BAF service with an annual increase of 7.1%. The average growth in the OECD was 2.8% and in the United States it was 1.7%. Mexico was only surpassed by Turkey, with a growth rate of 13.4%; while third and fourth place were occupied by Australia and Slovakia, with 6.6% and 6.3%, respectively.
- In relation to the connections of BAF by technology, for the same period, Mexico had agrowth of 22.2% in the connections made by means of optical fiber, technology of last generation that allows high speeds of data transfer. This rate is higher than the average of OECD member countries, which is 14.8 percent.
- As of June 2018, in relation to the percentage of fiber optic connections with respect to total access, Mexico is above countries such as the United States (13.79%), France (13.73%) and the Netherlands (16.71%). with 19.5% connections of this type.
- According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Argentina, Brazil and Mexico are among the countries that have made significant progress in terms of ICT regulation in recent years, with tangible improvements in the sector, as well as in the entire short and medium term economy. In addition, it indicates that LTE networks covered four out of every five inhabitants on average in these countries in 2017, supported by the assignment of spectrum frequencies carried out.