FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (03/06/2000) - The spread of free Internet access offers throughout Latin America continued today with the announcement that Terra Networks SA plans to give away access in México.
Terra Networks' Méxican subsidiary is calling the service Terra Libre and will include Internet access and e-mail. The service initially will be available in Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara, and later will be rolled out to other cities, the company said in a statement. Terra Networks SA is the Internet subsidiary of Spain's dominant telco Telefónica SA.
No information about the speed of the connections was provided, nor did the statement specify whether users would get unlimited access. A company representative couldn't be reached immediately for comment. Terra Networks México will continue offering fee-based access services in the country.
Terra Networks SA recently launched a similar service in Brazil. [See "Free Net Service in Brazil from Telefónica's Terra" Jan. 21.]Terra Networks SA operates ISPs and Web portals in México, Spain, Brazil, Chile, Perú, Guatemala and the U.S., as well as a Web portal in Argentina. By offering free Internet access in México, Terra in part hopes to increase the traffic on its Mexican portal (http://www.terra.com.mx), which currently receives 6.5 million visits per month, the company said.
There were 1.3 million Internet users in México in 1999, a figure expected to rise to 12.7 million in 2005, according to estimates from Jupiter Communications Inc. México's population is estimated at about 100 million.
Terra Networks's Mexican subsidiary, in Mexico City, is at http://www.terra.com.mx/.