Ignored by their government, big companies, tiny rural Mexican village creates its own mobile network

Ignored by their government, big companies, tiny rural Mexican village creates its own mobile network

A story reminds us that unity have no barrier that cannot be broken. A story that reminds us that we are only important as long as we are only profitable. A story  reminds us that if there’s a will, there’s a way. A story reminds us that we are our own rescuer and nobody else would. Take it any which way you like, this story will make you wonder what the unity and will can do. This will make you think the importance of independence.

A small Mexican village has launched its own mobile phone network – and found a way to charge its customers 13 times less than its competitors. The village is more famous for its coffee than its mobile service, that’s now starting to chance.

Ignored by their government, big companies, tiny rural Mexican village creates its own mobile networkThe remote mountain village of Villa Talea de Castro, population 2,500, was left without service when major operators in the country deemed it not profitable to connect to the network.

So instead of submitting to the whims of billionaire Carlos Slim, the town took matters into its own hands.

AFP reports that the village launched a scheme with the help of local universities, indigenous groups and officials to install a network of antennae on rooftops, install the right equipment (900mhz radio net, routing software and computers) and essentially complete one of the highest-tech DIY schemes in Mexico.

Now, restaurant manager Ramiro Perez can call his children and receive food orders on his cellphone at a cheap price in this village dotted by small homes painted in pink and yellow.

“I have two children who live outside the village and I communicate with them at least two or three times per week,” Perez, 60, told AFP.

The result is Red Celular de Talea (RCT), a micro-network which provides cheap, effective mobile coverage across town. And the price is right. According to NDTV the service costs 15 pesos per month — about 72p. That’s 13 times cheaper than the basic plans available in Mexico city, and far less too than telephone booths which cost about 10 pesos per minute to use.