CFE Telecomunicaciones e Internet para Todos is the new player in the Virtual Mobile Operators segment. However, its offer of plans includes, in addition to minutes for calls and gigabytes of internet, a service that has caught the attention of consumers: the hotspot .
The state OMV plans are divided into prepaid (recharges) and postpaid (rent). The first range from 30 pesos, for 4 GB of internet and 250 minutes of calls; up to 300 pesos, for 40 GB of internet and 1500 minutes. While in the postpaid mode, the offer ranges from 400 to 2,100 pesos.
Seven of the 12 CFE Telecom MVNO plans have the hotspot service, that is, with the possibility of sharing the internet with other users and charging for it. Similar to an Internet Cafe.
Why include Hotspot in the CFE plans?
The integration of this connectivity option is no accident. CFE Telecomunicaciones aims to close the digital divide , therefore it must focus on bringing telecommunications services to people who still do not have this type of access. And the hotspot model is a resource that will allow connectivity to reach more communities in remote areas.
In 2020, Hughes Network Systems in collaboration with the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT) and Telecomm, deployed hotspots in 4,000 locations.
Now CFE Telecom will allow users through its plans to share or even rent their internet in the communities where the state MVNO operates.
Jesús Romo, director of the Telconomia consultancy, details that the state MVNO hotspot service will have a fixed community Wi-Fi function, that is, a company or a resident of a locality will be able to contract some of the plans and, in order to pay for the service, rent the internet to the neighbors.
“This is a model that is applied in certain rural areas so that people can connect,” says the analyst. “The limitation will be that people have compatible equipment to share and connect to a hotspot. But you also have to be careful about who is going to manage the network,” he adds.
According to data from ENDUTIH 2021, in Mexico only 81.6% of the population is an internet user. Of this percentage, 56.5% is in urban areas and 56.5% in rural areas. Chiapas, Oaxaca and Veracruz are the entities with the least access to the internet at home.
Currently, CFE Telecom only has 47 points of sale for its chips, most of them in Oaxaca. However, the company does not deny its services to clients from other cities in the country where there are still no points of sale. Company employees told Expansión that the state MVNO is waiting for “permission” from the Federal Telecommunications Institute to