Access in Mexico Mexico score #414.61?Rank out of 92 countries. Score out of 10.
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Internet penetration in Mexico stands at 38 percent, a low rate given the country’s level of economic development. Lack of infrastructure and competitive pricing means that Internet access remains largely limited to the wealthy and those in urban areas. Mexico has the second lowest rate of fixed broadband subscriptions of OECD countries at 12 percent; the OECD average is 26 percent. The government announced a USD 115.5 million investment in a nationwide fiber optic cable network, but rural areas largely still lack access. Billionaire Carlos Slim controls most of the telecommunications market in Mexico; his company serves more than 70 percent of landlines and 75 percent of mobile phones. The company also serves 87 percent of broadband Internet subscribers. Mexico’s primary telecommunications legislation dates to the 1960s, and two government agencies manage telecom regulation. In a January 2012 report, the OECD offered several recommendations to modernize the industry. It estimates that lack of competition cost Mexico USD 129.2 billion between 2005 and 2009.