Digital Regulatory Roadmap for Mexico

Project executed on behalf of Mexican Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT)

Project Objective

Currently, the rapidly evolving interface between Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and the digital ecosystem confronts regulators with multiple regulatory challenges.

The Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT), the Mexican Regulatory Authority, sought to have a medium-term vision on the regulation of ICT/digital markets with a view to ensuring a predictable playing field, and helping reduce regulatory barriers and bottlenecks to innovation, economic development and investment. The IFT thus commissioned Axon to elaborate a Digital Regulatory Roadmap for the 2021-2025 period.

Project Description

Axon, in close cooperation with IFT’s Strategic Planning Unit, elaborated a Digital Regulatory Roadmap for the 2021-2025 period, by looking into several drivers, including:

  • Current market situation and a prospective view of the next 5 years. We prepared a comprehensive prospective analysis based on the Delphi Method and the Scenarios Planning Framework. Its aim was to understand the evolution of the market over the next 5 years and how any expected new trends were going to influence market dynamics in, among other development areas, emerging technologies (Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, IoT, Cloud computing, etc.), new business models, digitalization of the economy, convergence of digital services, bridging of the digital gap, etc.
Figure 1: Example of analysis carried out in the market assessment
  • Analysis of international best practice in digital regulation, which comprised the review of the digital agendas and sectorial plans of more than 10 benchmark countries or jurisdictions.
Figure 2: Coverage of strategic areas in international regulatory agendas
  • Engagement with the industry, academia, government and civil society through multiple interviews and workshops. More than 60 stakeholders from across the whole digital ecosystem participated in this process.
Figure 3: Workshop led by Axon Consulting during the process

Key Takeaways

The Digital Regulatory Roadmap elaborated by Axon Consulting (available here) will facilitate the development of the digital ecosystem and contribute to socioeconomic development of Mexico, covering aspects that range from incentivising the development, deployment and efficient use of ICT infrastructures and networks; to fostering competition in the digital space; and promoting the adoption of emerging technologies and digital use cases across the society and the industry.

Such a roadmap will equip the IFT with the necessary tools to become one of the most important international references, at the forefront of digital regulation.