Mobile coverage

Although the telecommunications industry is growing, Mexico still faces a sharp digital divide, and many people and native populations do not have access to this kind of services. In 2017, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography reported that 17,397,850 homes had Internet services, which means that only 52 percent of the Mexican homes are plugged to the net. According to the Federal Telecommunications Institute, 42 percent of the Mexican homes had broadband services—which is less than half of the population. The National Institute of Statistics and Geography also reported the number of persons who use the Internet in Mexico. In 2017, 71,340,853 people reported to have used the Internet in the last month. This data shows that 57 percent of the population considers itself as an Internet user.

The aforementioned data suggest that Mexico is a country that is far from achieving a universal access to the Internet. There are many elements that structure this unequal distribution of the communicative resources. According to the IFT, 62 percent of men and 58 percent of women have access to the Internet. Those persons who have the highest income have 40 percent more chances than the rest of the population of being regular Internet users. Moreover, space also determines Internet access. Whereas in the Northern states the population have more chances of being connected, in the Southern states the chances decrease.