ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SUSPENSION OF THE BIDDING PROCESS FOR THE BACKBONE NETWORK
Today, in his morning morning conference, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced that he decided to suspend the decided to suspend the bidding process for the fiber optic backbone network, the second most important telecommunications the second most important telecommunications project of the previous administration and scheduled to be tendered in February to be tendered in February 2019.
López Obrador said that the the bases of the tender would be modified to launch a new bidding process for the more than 25,306 kilometers of fiber optic cables of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). It is expected to be a backbone data transport network for broadband services. backbone network for broadband services. He pointed out that the new bidding conditions will be ready by mid-February. the bidding process will be ready by mid-February.
The objective will be to connect all of Mexico. He pointed out that the telecommunications reform has not solved the problem of connectivity, since only 25% of the national territory has access to the Internet. connectivity problem, as only 25% of the national territory has connectivity. connectivity.
In consideration for the bid, the company or companies the company or companies that win the concession will have to provide free internet in roads, public provide free internet in highways, public squares, schools, hospitals and allocate resources for the maintenance of the facilities, hospitals and allocate resources for the maintenance of the facilities. Likewise, coverage obligations will be established in order to connect the entire country. connect the entire country.
Mexico City, January 17, 2019