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Forgotten by telecom firms,
Mexican town runs cell service

Talea de Castro’s simple, low-cost mobile phone system has been touted as a model for other rural communities deemed financially unviable by big telecom firms

By Victor Ruiz  /  AFP, VILLA TALEA DE CASTRO, Mexico

“Despite some technical problems, because we are in a test period, the project has been a success,” with 600 villagers signing up since the service opened three months ago, Lopez said.

Buoyed by the system’s success, the village has decided to buy its own equipment that will allow RCT to run 35 lines simultaneously and plans to install them in the coming weeks.

Hernandez said the next step is to form cooperatives with other indigenous villages to request concessions from the Mexican government to resolve “this lack of free frequencies for cellphone communications in the country’s rural communities.”

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