Northern Mexico Gets Fiber Optic Broadband

Kit Carson Electric Co-operative, KCEC is preparing to deploy optical fiber cables to the households in Northern Mexico. The fiber optic broadband project will be funded by the broadband stimulus program. KCEC received USD 63.8 million in grants and loans to deploy high-speed broadband technology in Northern Mexico.

In order to deploy fiber optic broadband KCEC has announced several partnerships. Faster and effective FTTH roll-out requires cooperation from all quarters. KCEC is in partnership with WESCO, Atlantic engineering, TCS communications and Pulse broadband for its planned fiber to the home (FTTH) rollout in Northern New Mexico.

KCEC is a private nonprofit organization owned by its consumer members. It is incorporated under New Mexico state law and owned by its members. Pulse Broadband will manage the fiber optic deployments and also do the engineering works. WESCO will handle the material management and procurement. Logistics is an important part of successful fiber optic deployment. TCS Communication and Atlantic Engineering will be responsible for construction and deployment services and pending negotiations.

KCEC’s service area covers more than 29,000 homes and businesses in Taos, Colfax, and Rio Arriba counties in New Mexico. One of the reasons for the Governments support and fund fiber-optic broadband deployment is that it generates new jobs in the region. Apart from that, the most important advantage is that the subscribers get connected with high-speed internet broadband that opens up new online and remote, home based business opportunities that stretch to all the continents. The physical boundary limitations disappear in the online world and the subscribers with high-speed broadband enjoy superior transmission services from IPTV to Video-on-demand.

The advantage of fiber optic roll out in the region is the boost of the local economy by creating new business opportunities and jobs. The fiber optic broadband stimulus programs if implemented will help build future next-generation networks. KCEC’s fiber deployment projects are supposed to create 200 to 300 new jobs.

With a population of almost 114 million, Mexico has around 19.5 million fixed telephone connections and more than four times mobiles phones. The fixed-line penetration is a promising factor for fiber to the home deployment that shows subscribers attitude towards fixed line connections. The young generation tends to opt mobile broadband to enjoy the mobility while connected. This has been a trend in many of the developed countries, where the young population likes to enjoy broadband services even when they travel. Such trends have a negative impact on the intake of fiber to the home broadband.

The popularity of tablet computers will pose another threat to the fixed-line broadband connections. Some of the mobile broadband service providers offer free miniature laptops along with the mobile broadband connection.


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