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5G in Mexico – statistics & facts

The race to implement fifth-generation cellular technology coverage has already begun in Latin America and the Caribbean. However, the deployment of the first 5G networks in the region has so far been concentrated in a handful of countries. In Mexico, this promising generational leap was scheduled to kick off in 2021, according to national telecommunications authorities. At this pace, the share of 5G mobile connections in the North American country is forecast to rise to 12 percent by 2025.

Ready, set, but not quite there yet

In addition to being delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, the deployment of 5G in Mexico has also encountered major infrastructure and economic challenges. Given the low levels of investment in telecommunications in recent years, the development of the necessary infrastructure mostly depends on the proactivity of operators and key industry players. By the end of 2020, Mexico had allocated 700 MHz of spectrum for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT). Achieving better upload and download speeds depends on the bandwidth available to transmit the mobile signal. For this reason, the allocation of additional frequency bands across the spectrum will be necessary to meet the desired speed, coverage, and latency offered by 5G.

Will 5G be welcomed with open arms?

Overall, 5G antennas have gained high acceptance in Mexico. According to a 2020 survey, more than two-thirds of respondents approved – to a greater or lesser extent – the rollout of this technology. At least four of every ten smartphone users in the country even expressed their willingness to switch to the next-generation network as soon as it became available in their region. Although public perception is for the most part positive, concerns over the safety of 5G antennas continue to create reluctance among potential consumers. When asked about the health risks associated with this technology, as many as one quarter of those surveyed believed it could pose a threat to human health. Further education and information may be the only way to win skeptics over and increase the 5G adoption rate.

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