Mexico Tech Industry Benefits From U.S. Anti-Immigration Stance

10/17/2017 Reuters

Amazon, Facebook and other U.S. tech companies are expanding operations south of the border as Mexico works to capitalize on the Trump administration’s anti-immigration stance.

Since the beginning of the year, Amazon.com Inc has opened a new engineering office in Mexico City, while Facebook Inc has partnered with local groups to develop technical talent in the region.

Oracle Corp plans to expand its offices in the Pacific coast state of Jalisco, local officials said, possibly bringing hundreds of jobs.

In Guadalajara, Jalisco’s capital, a new group devoted to recruiting startups expects to have 10 new companies in the region by year-end, with another 60 in the pipeline. And the landlord of choice for many startups, the shared-office juggernaut WeWork, said it has opened five locations and now serves 6,000 workers after debuting in Mexico City last September.

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Hunt for Life in Mexico Fuels Demand for Tech to See Past Rubble

10/03/2017 Bloomberg

Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg

At 6 a.m. on Thursday, Rafael Ortigosa stood atop the collapsed Alvaro Obregon office building in Mexico City and called a halt to his company’s search and rescue efforts.

It wasn’t the result Ortigosa, South America sales manager for Leader, a French maker of ultra-sensitive listening equipment and cameras, had hoped for. Although 28 people escaped the toppled seven-story building following a 7.1 magnitude quake on Sept. 19, by the time Ortigosa and his team arrived on the site more than a week later, no more survivors were being found. In all, 35 bodies were discovered at the site and at least eight more remained unaccounted for.

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Hunt for Life in Mexico Fuels Demand for Tech to See Past Rubble

10/3/2017 Bloomberg

At 6 a.m. on Thursday, Rafael Ortigosa stood atop the collapsed Alvaro Obregon office building in Mexico City and called a halt to his company’s search and rescue efforts.

It wasn’t the result Ortigosa, South America sales manager for Leader, a French maker of ultra-sensitive listening equipment and cameras, had hoped for. Although 28 people escaped the toppled seven-story building following a 7.1 magnitude quake on Sept. 19, by the time Ortigosa and his team arrived on the site more than a week later, no more survivors were being found. In all, 35 bodies were discovered at the site and at least eight more remained unaccounted for.

If he’d gotten there sooner, Ortigosa said, maybe a few more could have been saved. The first 72 hours after a natural disaster are crucial for bringing in rescue dogs and search equipment like the systems made by Leader, he said.

“That’s when you can still detect people alive,” he said. “After that, it is very difficult.”

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SnapLogic and Softtek Partner to Accelerate Application and Data Integration in Mexico

09/19/2017 PRWeb.com

flickr user- tec_estrombergSAN MATEO, CALIF. AND MEXICO CITY – SnapLogic, the leader in self-service application and data integration, and Softtek, a leading global IT services provider dedicated to creating value through technology, today announced Softtek as a premier strategic reseller and implementation partner for SnapLogic in Mexico. Together, the two companies will drive digital transformation through connected data and applications, whether on-premises, in the cloud, or both.

With the proliferation of cloud applications, explosion of big data sources, emergence of IoT and an increasingly complex data landscape, companies require a simple, powerful solution to quickly and easily connect data across the enterprise so they can make informed decisions and drive better business outcomes.

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Mexico’s industrial output posts biggest drop in more than two years

09/11/2017 Reuters

inegiMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican industrial output unexpectedly sank in July, marking its worst performance in more than two years, on sharp contractions in building and mining, official data showed on Monday.

Industrial production fell 1.0 percent in July from June MXIP=ECI in its biggest monthly drop since May 2015, the national statistics agency said. A Reuters poll forecast a 0.1 percent expansion after flat growth in June.

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Facing spectrum payments, Telefonica lobbies Mexico for a discount

9/7/2017 Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Telefonica, the Spanish telecoms giant which has long struggled to gain traction in Mexico, is appealing to Mexican officials for a discount on spectrum payments coming due next year, three people with knowledge of the matter said.cell phones 2

Telefonica SA, the No. 2 player in Mexico by mobile market share, must soon pay to renew roughly a third of its spectrum licenses, which are set to expire after 20 years and could cost the company tens of millions of dollars.

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Slim’s America Movil wins telecom battle in top Mexico court

8/16/2017 Financial Times

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled billionaire Carlos Slim’s telecommunications company America Movil should not be barred by law from charging competitors certain fees, prompting fears of a rollback of a sweeping antitrust reform.

The 2014 telecom industry reform, one of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s signature accomplishments, prohibited America Movil from charging other carriers for calls made to customers on its network, even though those firms are allowed to bill America Movil for using their networks.

The reform was aimed at breaking up Slim’s market dominance, which rivals said made it challenging for them to break into the sector. It was one of several changes, along with an opening of the state-run energy industry, that have increased competition in Mexico’s strategic industries.

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