Mexican Village Ignored by Telecoms Creates Own Cellular NetworkSubmitted by RobHino on Sun, 09/08/2013 - 23:03
BY: Derrick Broze at The Liberty Beat
The Mexican village of Villa Talea de Castro has developed it’s own mobile network with full international connections. The village has an indigenous population of around 2,500 people in a forest in the state of Oaxaca and has been ignored by major telecom companies for lack of profit. In response, a coalition of indigenous groups, civil organizations and universities installed an antenna with radio and computer equipment to launch the Red Celular de Talea (RCT).
The local, independent network is reported to be 13 times cheaper than the competitors. The Non-profit Rhizmotica helped with the project, stating that opening the market will increase the development for community-based projects. The village was granted a two year permit to test the equipment. The system is capable of making international calls via a voice over Internet protocol (VconoIP). When a traveler enters the village with a cellphone the receive a text message welcoming them to the network and encouraging them to go to the radio for information. The system, however, only allows for five minute phone calls.
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