The cost of Internet in Mexico is really cheap. It’s not the fastest you’ll find and it’s not the best because sometimes we would say, “Oh, I don’t have Internet anymore,” and we have to call the Internet service provider who will try to fix it immediately, but on some days you have problems with it. Internet connection for homes in Mexico costs 700 pesos ($35) at the most per month.
For businesses, on the other hand, Internet connection costs 1,200 pesos ($58.93) per month for a 10 mbps download speed, although you don’t really get that speed even if you buy it, at least not here in Chapala. For example, I’m paying for a 10 mbps download speed, but I’m only getting 5 mbps.
There are other places in Chapala, like in the Ajijic area, where Internet connection costs 500 pesos ($24.50) per month for 10 mbps download speed, and you get 10mbps download speed. They get the speed they pay for in Ajijic because Ajijic is really near the offices and the station. I live a little bit farther from the offices, however, and I’ve been told that I’m never going to get that kind of speed because I live too far away.
There are places in the Chapala area that get the 10 mbps download speed with 0.5mbps upload speed, however, there are plans in the future to upgrade this and switch to fiber optic, because right now we’re using DSL. There are other places in Mexico where you can get 20 mbps, 50 mbps, or even 100 mbps and it is not that much more expensive. I’ve experienced these Internet speeds; they’re beautiful.
In Guadalajara, Internet plans vary more because we do have fiber optic there. It’s almost the same price you have to pay, 700-800 pesos ($34.50 - $39.30) per month at the most, which is 300 pesos ($14.80) more expensive per month, but because Guadalajara is a large city with a lot of people and with a greater density, it makes more sense for the Internet service providers to provide the faster service in Guadalajara because they can portion the cost among multiple people, and that’s why they can get a faster Internet speed. However, in places like Chapala and Ajijic where there’s less people, it will probably take much longer for the Internet service providers to provide the faster speeds.
Someone who works for one of the bigger Internet service providers here in Chapala called Telmex, told me that Telmex has plans of investing in fiber optic cable, but it’s going to take a few years. We can generalize that to smaller places within Mexico. The larger metro areas are going to have much better Internet service.
(Andre Bellon working in his insurance office, Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)