Mexico to launch wholesale mobile network tender

To help speed the rollout and cut costs, the federal government aims to make thousands of sites on its buildings available for rent to the telecoms industry in 2016.
To help speed the rollout and cut costs, the federal government aims to make thousands of sites on its buildings available for rent to the telecoms industry in 2016.

By Christine Murray and Tomás Sarmiento / Reuters

Mexico will launch today (Friday) a long-delayed tender for one of the largest infrastructure projects under President Enrique Pena Nieto, a wholesale telecoms network that will cover most of the country.

The project, which was meant to be launched by 2014, is part of a sweeping telecoms reform aimed at curbing the dominance of Carlos Slim’s America Movil and improving Mexico’s low levels of cell phone penetration and network coverage.

It offers the winner cheap use of high quality spectrum in the 700MHz band and a 20-year public-private partnership contract to build a 4G LTE mobile network that operators and virtual network operators can rent.

“Its a change in the rules of the game,” telecoms minister Monica Aspe said in an interview late on Thursday.

The government estimates that 85 percent coverage would require an investment of around $3.5 billion, while 95 percent would cost around $7 billion.

http://www.reuters.com/article/mexico-telecoms-idUSL2N15D03P  

Mexico working on plan to help workers in oil industry

Sputnik – Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has ordered to work out a series of measures to support people working in the oil industry, which has been hard-hit by the fall in oil prices. At the beginning of his term, oil exports were responsible for 40 percent of Mexico’s budget, since then the figure has gone down to 8 percent.

http://sputniknews.com/latam/20160129/1033870176/mexico-plans-job-opportunities-for-oil-industry.html

Kate del Castillo says Sean Penn betrayed her with Chapo

Daily Mail – Actress Kate del Castillo is said to be furious over Sean Penn’s Rolling Stone article about their meeting with Mexican druglord El Chapo – which she knew nothing about. Sources say that the actress, whose meeting with escaped prisoner Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán aided his capture, was told nothing about it until Penn blurted it out moments before the meeting.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3420848/Actress-Kate-del-Castillo-said-Sean-Penn-betrayed-Rolling-Stone-article-meeting-Mexican-druglors-El-Chapo-knew-about.html

Mexico releases video of “El Chapo” being booked

The video includes an animation showing how Guzman changed clothes inside the tunnel and his getting into a cart that was pushed by a motorcyclist to freedom.
The video includes an animation showing how Guzman changed clothes inside the tunnel and his getting into a cart that was pushed by a motorcyclist to freedom.

By Rafael Romo / CNN

He’s been booked before, but a video released Wednesday is the first to show Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman being fingerprinted, standing for a mugshot and giving a blood sample.

The 19-minute video released by the Mexican attorney general’s office shows the head of the Sinaloa cartel signing documents and being questioned after his latest capture.

It shows facial comparisons using mugshots from Guzman’s first arrest in 1993 and the capo’s arrest on January 8 when the Mexican navy raided a safe house where he and another 11 people, presumably associates, were hiding.

The video authorities sent to news outlets narrates with great detail how “El Chapo” escaped from prison last July from the El Altiplano maximum security prison in Almoloya de Juarez.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/27/world/mexico-el-chapo-guzman-video/

Mexico provides identity documents to indigenous

TeleSur – Mexico delivered birth certificates to over 7,000 indigenous people on Wednesday as part of a campaign to increase access to official documents in underserved areas. As many as 12 million people in Mexico lack a birth certificate, limiting their ability to travel and obtain social services.

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexico-Recognizes-Indigenous-Identity-with-Birth-Certificates-20160128-0003.html