DIY telecoms

Fed up with the failings of the big operators, remote Mexican communities are acting for themselves

IN THE cloud forests of the Sierra de Juárez mountains in southern Mexico, a new kind of tree is springing up: the mobile telephone mast. Unlike most phone masts in the world these are installed, owned and operated by small, mostly indigenous communities.

[…] improvements in software and the falling price of hardware has made it possible to build a local mobile-phone base station for around $7,500, which non-profit operators and small communities can muster.

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Source: The Economist

March 7th 2015

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