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Friday, September 8 • 9:34am - 10:07am
Connecting the Unconnected: The Case of Mexico's Wholesale Shared Network

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The Wholesale Shared Network (WSN) is the Mexican project intended to provide broadband access to 92.2% of the population. While most of the territory (94%) is already covered by the incumbent provider, the Mexican Government has recently launched a call for tenders to rollout a nation-wide mobile wireless wholesale network using the digital dividend frequencies (700 MHz). The successful bidder will not be able to provide retail services directly, nor offer services to the incumbent.

The Mexican Wholesale Shared Network is a novel policy worldwide, as to date this sort of initiatives has only been tested in fixed fiber-based networks. In addition to mobile service providers, other players of the Internet value chain might be interested in offering connectivity services relying on the WSN. This will possibly allow for new business models so far unexplored. Among others, the WSN may be an opportunity for vertically integrated online platforms (as big OTTs) to bridge the gap in the connectivity link that they currently face. 

For this reason, despite similar policies have often proven unsuccessful in fixed networks, it might result in a better performance in wireless. While the problem in fixed has been the lack of demand from both retail providers and subscribers, the multi-sided nature of online platforms may help stimulate the demand (partially) subsidizing connectivity through the revenues generated with the services provided on top. 

The aim of this paper is to explore different and novel business strategies to provide internet access to low-income and rural municipalities based on the WSN. Through a value chain analysis, we classify providers by its core business and will define the strategies that might be more relevant to each of them, according to i.e. the characterization of the reference population. We expect the implications of this research to provide valuable insights for policy-makers.

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Chris McGovern

Connected Nation Inc.

Friday September 8, 2017 9:34am - 10:07am
ASLS Hazel - Room 120

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