Article: What is Wi-Fi 6E, the 6GHz band that Mexico wants to declare as ‘free spectrum’ to have faster and less saturated internet

Open Infrastructure, Spectrum

What is Wi-Fi 6E, the 6GHz band that Mexico wants to declare as ‘free spectrum’ to have faster and less saturated internet

We are just assimilating the arrival of 5G internet and now the new WiFi 6E is coming for Mexico. It is a new generation of 6 GHz band , which can be used by any compatible device, since the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) wants to declare it as ‘free spectrum’ . This would help provide a faster and less saturated internet service.

Also known as 6GHz WiFi , it consists of having a gigantic block of frequencies available with a wide variety of channels that will serve in places where there is a high density of signals. Currently, Wi-Fi operates at about 400 MHz, with the release of the 6GHz band, the available spectrum would quadruple .

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Article: InnoCentive Launches Open Innovation Challenge With Habitat for Humanity to Inexpensively Harvest Drinking Water in Mexico

Innovation, Open Provisioning, Open Space, Water

InnoCentive Launches Open Innovation Challenge With Habitat for Humanity to Inexpensively Harvest Drinking Water in Mexico

Open innovation firm InnoCentive is supporting global housing nonprofit Habitat for Humanity in a new Challenge to find low-cost solutions to harvest water and remove impurities so that water is suitable for human consumption.

Around 768 million people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water, and Mexico is one country that faces challenges in this area. Although more than a third of homes in Mexico suffer from water shortages, torrential rain does fall during certain months. However, without a proper management system, this water is unusable. Most rainwater is not fit for human consumption because of pollutants and microorganisms that cause severe illness when consumed.

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Article: Why a Mexican Village’s DIY Cellphone Network Matters

BTS, Open Infrastructure, Spectrum

Why a Mexican Village’s DIY Cellphone Network Matters

When an Indigenous community in Oaxaca, snubbed by telecom giants, created its own mobile network, things didn’t go exactly as planned. But the experiment revealed the strength of its social bonds.

Imagine you’re in a picturesque Mexican village, nestled high in the mountains of the Sierra Madre. In your hand, you’re gripping a cellphone. You’re staring at your device’s signal bars, hoping to see them come alive for the first time. Suddenly, the bars glow brightly. Success! You continue testing the network, winding up steep cobblestone paths between sunbaked, stucco houses. Gleeful cheers begin erupting everywhere. Stunned villagers stagger outside, holding cellphones.

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Article: How Open Banking Guides LATAM’s Spend Management FinTech

Innovation, Money, Open Governance, Open Space

How Open Banking Guides LATAM’s Spend Management FinTech

Latin America is a quiet champion in FinTech innovation. While the region may not be top of mind when it comes to world leaders in financial technology, startups from Mexico to Chile are driving payments digitization, financial management automation and the emergence of new paradigms in the market, like open banking.

Investors are paying attention, too. While analysts assess 2020’s performance, the Latin America Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) said funding for the region’s FinTech startups more than doubled between 2018 and 2019, reaching $4.6 billion, with evidence that 2020 figures may emerge similarly as strong.

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