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State of the Internet in Mexico

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Robert Nelson Co-Founder of Expats In Mexico
Robert Nelson

As an online magazine, Expats In Mexico is interested in the state of the Internet in Mexico and the access our readers have to a fast connection. We found that Internet connection speeds are improving, but it all depends upon where you live.

According to a 2015 study done by PC Magazine, Mexico doesn’t have any ISPs that provide nation-wide coverage, and upload and download speeds vary widely by city.

If you happen to live in Mexico City’s Benito Juarez Colonia, you are the most fortunate Internet users in Mexico. That neighborhood scored the highest average download/upload speeds in the country. Second place goes to Ciudad Victoria Tamaulipas, the capital city of Tamaulipas.

As for Internet Service Providers (ISP), the fastest service is provided by Axtel, which had a combined download/upload speed of nearly 44 Megabits per second (MBPS) in the PC Magazine study. Entry-level pricing for an Axtel Internet connection is about US$26 a month, but 200 MBPS will set you back around US$64 a month.

Axtel’s actual speed versus advertised speed, the magazine said, was about 20-to-30 percent less. The service is offered in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey and nearly 50 other cities in Mexico.

Coming in at #2 was Megacarrier Telecommunicaciones with a combined speed of just over 26 MBPS. TotalPlay was #3 with a 25.1 MBPS average speed. The rest of the top 10 providers and average download/upload speeds are: Telecable (13.3), IZZI (10.2), Gigacable (9.7), Megacable (7.8), Cablemas (7.8), AOL Mexico (7.5) and ServNet Mexico (6.7).

Available just about everywhere, Telmex offers speeds up to 200 MBPS via its Infinitum ADSL service for a package price of about US$77 dollars a month. Packages are also available for 100 MBPS, 20 MBPS and 10 MBPS. Telmex is often the only ISP choice in smaller cities and towns in Mexico.

Since many of you expats in Mexico operate online businesses or rely on a fast Internet connection for your work, we’ll stay on top of the latest developments and update you as they occur. Meanwhile, let us know what your Internet experience has been so we can share it with our readers.

Hasta proxima semana, amigos.

3 COMMENTS

  1. We paid for TelCel internet service in San Miguel de Allende for 5 years at what we were told was the highest speed available and what was advertised and at the highest price – $1000.00 p/month. NEVER got close(averaged between 5-7 MBPS) and when we changed our service to up to 5 MBPS for 1/2 the price and asked about the incredibly high price for low speed, we were told we were paying for the “possibility of having that speed at some time in the future.” We learned to heed the “hasta” plus the speed to mean, the lowest possible at the highest price. Ironically, what we were paying the 1000 p for was up to 5-7 and not the 100 MBPS!!!!! And in our area, we are stuck with TelCel as the other options available are not viable in our colonia. So….pay attention to the word ‘HASTA” in all the ads for whatever company and know, you probably are NOT getting what you pay for!!!!

  2. HASTA – hmm, must be closely related to ADIOS –
    as in ADIOS to your money.
    I have property on the ocean near San Blas. Telmex and my Telmex Internet is not great, but better than nothing – which is what Telcel seems to provide.
    Unfortunately my NEXTEL/ATT&T doesn’t even have a signal in that area. Was touted as “it’s going to be great” – they must have meant HASTA.

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