Tecnologías Indígenas de la Comunicación has supported indigenous communities in Mexico to implement local telephone networks
Five years ago, a group of indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico, was approved to start building local telephone networks to offer services in communities where major providers either did not provide services, or simply offered deals that were not affordable for the population. Today, 16 communities from Oaxaca have consolidated their independent offer of telecommunication services.
According to Ruth Orozco, coordinator of the community telephone provider Tecnologías Indígenas de la Comunicación (TIC), “The communities own and administer the telephone networks, and receive 62% of the earnings.”
To access the services, users pay a small fee per month, enabling them to call and send messages to other members of the community, and to access 2G connectivity services. Additional low-cost services are offered for calls to the United States of America to contact family members that are common to migrate from these regions.
Some of the communities that have built their own telephone networks so far include Villa Talea de Castro, Santa Inés de Zaragoza, Santiago Nuyoó, Santa María Yaviche, San Juan Yaeé, San Ildefonso Villa Alta, San Pedro el Alto and Yaguila.
The project is currently benefiting 3,000 users and has been recognized three times by different awards including Innovatis, Visionaris and Google Challenge 2017.