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tkessler last won the day on November 27 2017

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  1. Ilox Communications - When?

    They should have the contracts out pretty soon. Their legal department is working on the revisions to cover the guarantees for the prepaid case. Its taking a while because of everyone's concern over the point.
  2. Alpha1, Ilox is an established business grade carrier that already runs a fiber optic cable ring that loops around Lake Chapala on its way to Guadalajara. They have wired up a few areas on the south end of the lake, namely Zamora, with a state of the art GPON network thats working well. Such networks are expensive but very reliable. For them, its just a question of running an extension from Jocotepec towards Chapala. On the other hand, they also learned purchasing power in these communities isn't quite what they thought. Bottom line, business services are more lucrative and after some of their residential investments, they were focusing more on that. Which would have been a tragedy for Lakeside, because the purchasing power here is a lot higher than in Zamora. So they told us, show us 300 people willing to prepay for a year, and we'll do the build out, which will cost a lot more than the roughly 3 million MXN that will raise. And we did. We're at 330 pledges today. Ilox is a federal carrier with many millions invested in their network. They're financially strong, but prudent. They're not going to risk their concession over scamming a couple of hundred residential contracts. Now that we have the signatures, they're working on the contracts, lakeside presentations, and implementation plans.. You're welcome to sign to the pledge form. If you do, you'll be prioritized for service and have the cost guaranteed for a year. You can also wait until they normalize their monthly offering and sign up that way. We have the signatures, they've seen the interest is there...Plans are to go ahead. I'm done. BR, Tom
  3. Ilox will use the money from the prepaid signup to help fund the large capital expense of the build out. Those who signup and prepay the first year will receive priority in service connection. At some point they will then offer regular monthly service thereafter and no one will have to prepay anything.
  4. Dave, You've got it backwards. That was an old post. Look at the date, its summer 2016. About 30 people signed up, I took it to Telmex and they never responded. That effort fizzled. Thats when we learned about the Ilox fiber cable and decided to approach them late this year. I have no pecuniary interest in either Ilox or Telmex. I own a home in Rancho del Oro and would like to see high speed Internet come to the area. I make my living selling electronic components in Latin America and haven't retired yet. .. Tom
  5. Utilitis and Gents, Sorry for my late reply I've been travelling. But to address a few points: - Its costs several hundred thousand dollars to build out a GPON fiber to the home network, over $600 dollars per subscriber. Assuming a couple thousand subscribers at Lakeside eventually, eventually a few million dollars. Ilox told us: "Show us 300 willing prepaid subscribers between Joco and Ajijic" and we'll make the investment (for much more than the $150K that represents). And we did. We're at 316 pledges. We're done. This is now in Ilox hands. They have begun working through the planning, the contracts and performance guarantees, etc. They'll be contacting the pledges who will obviously have priority. Beyond that, they'll work towards normalizing a regular monthly service. There is, rightfully, a lot of concern about quality of service. Ultimately its only as good as the company behind it. But there are other factors too. GPON fiber-to-the-home networks are far more reliable than copper phone lines and cable TV. Unless you have a cable cut, they don't fail much. Ilox, like all the other alternative carriers, has to use CFE poles or make other arrangements. Sometimes the CFE poles aren't the best option. I have fiber service at my house in Guad and a couple of time these big trucks barrelling down the street take out the fiber. The carrier is at the mercy of CFE. Telmex has a monopoly on their own poles and have been fighting the government who want's to open up the last mile to all the carriers. So my point is, if you're worried about quality of service, your energy is better spent trying to ensure good ducting and infrastructure in your development. At my place in Rancho del Oro, I'd like to propose some underground ducting, at least in the more vulnerable areas. On speed and quality., fiber is inherently high speed, no relationship to DSL. You're not going to have speed bottlenecks between your house and the Internet backbone. Within the greater Internet, ISP's have to pay for peering and connections can be shared. So if you're an Ex-pat from Madagascar trying to stream your long missed channels, you might have an issue... But the biggest providers like Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Netflix extend their networks and peer directly with MX carriers, so you don't have to worry about quality of service with them. Huge fiber links keep turning on all the time so I don't think it's an issue, but it is a reasonable negotiating point with Ilox. Summary: If you want high speed internet and are willing to prepay (and receive priority), please sign up. You can still sign up if not willing and show your location and this will help the planning. There is no legal obligation. All the people who have signed up will be receiving communications from Ilox shortly... thanks, Tom
  6. Ilox has said 6 mo to 1 yr after prepaid funds have been raised.
  7. Update: As of 11/26 7:11 PM we are at 299 pledges. Many of these are developers who will be negotiating bulk packages of many services. Its appearing that we have succeeded in showing Ilox that the interest is very real and the purchasing power there to support the buildout. If you have not signed up please do so and keep spreading the word. If folks beyond San Antonio towards Chapala, say, in places like Riberas want service there, we need more signups from those areas. If you did sign up, Ilox will contact you in a few weeks for the next steps. Note the contracts are still being finalized for this case and proper consumer protections. BR, Tom Kessler
  8. Thank you Titanium and NLU. We are at 212 pledges. Please continue to spread the word!
  9. All, We are at about 195 pledges. Looking good! A couple of town hall meetings will also announce soon. An ad will run in next week's Reporter. Here's a copy of it. Feel free to print and share with interested parties. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7Yqhy1G6NJMN3NlcVZ1aHlmei1QRjB4RFZxd0JRSEludnlZ/view?usp=sharing Tom Kessler
  10. Gents, To answer some of the points in the most recent posts: - Ilox wasn't begging to come in here. They happen to run a fiber ring through Joco on the way to Guad. Which gives them a good opportunity to serve the market. They were focused on higher growth opportunities elsewhere. But there's been enough interest that we've got their attention. That was my objective. Thanks everyone for signing up and those who haven't still can. No obligation. Additional points on the map to show interested customers are needed for planning and are very welcome. - Thankfully the company does have the money to finance the build-out themselves. Their request for 300 prepaid contracts is a fraction of the investment. They've put a couple of other networks in other places and the payback / purchasing power of those areas didn't result as fast as expected. Do you fault them about asking the locals for some skin in the game? - They are a federally licensed carrier and the final contracts will contain additional escrow / guaranty provisions. They are not going to risk their national concession on a couple of hundred residential contracts. - Since we have shown enougn interest, Lakeside presentations will be announced and start soon, There, you'll be able to address any concerns you have. - I don't get the comments about Telmex. They are another carrier with another owner. Mexico has opened its telecom markets. There's competition. Help foster it and good things can happen. Imagine a Lakeside with high speed fiber. A dream come true for many. Thanks all for your support. Tom
  11. All, So far we have 128 signups. About 43% of the goal to show there is enough interest to make the business case to build out a network. . If you have already signed up, please tell your friends and neighbors. Getting the word out and explaining to someone else why they need sign up is as important as doing it yourself. In high density urban areas, like Guadalajara and Mexico City, fiber optic Internet is a no brainer. In areas like Lakeside, there are a lot of people on fixed incomes, many don't need high speed Internet. There are a lot of weekend homes. If the interested people at Lakeside who have the purchasing power and need for high speed internet don't speak up and show their interest, the carriers will continue to ignore or misunderstand the true opportunity of the area. Please note I have no financial ties or interest with Ilox or any other carrier. Just an interested homeowner wanting high speed service myself and the property value increase having good infrastructure will bring. thanks, Tom Kessler
  12. Gents, I'm travelling at the moment and will try to answer some of these questions best I can. Am working on better answers - Ilox willingness to deploy from Joco is roughly based on the need to have 15 subscribers/km to trigger the capital expense buildout . Their investment is much higher than that, but thats what they feel they need ensure they don't get stuck with an underutilized investment. Purchasing power in many parts of Mexico is not as high as it is here and they have to be careful. If they can get the signups they'll keep going beyond Ajijic towards Chapala. -Mtatl questions are good ones and we're working on their precise answers. In the Internet carrier world there are two kinds of service, dedicated and shared. Ilox provides high quality dedicated service to enterprise grade customers, with world class redundant grade standards. Within Mexico they provide carrier transit service to other carriers. Mtatls questions thus are focused on not what they can provide, but what will they provide for the consumer shared service customers. Those are good questions for the town hall meetings. In Zamora their GPON network is getting good reviews. I don't see any connection between getting more answers and signing up now to express your interest in getting high speed service, which carries no obligation and will only help us show there really is a business case for Ilox or other providers to be out here. So far we're at about 110 signups, only a third of what is needed.
  13. Mexican investments questions

    I've been in Mexico 36 years and I can tell you the currency risk from the peso is too high. Only equities in solid companies, or real estate, assuming you don't overpay, are good areas to compensate. The pure Peso is a suckers game. You can open a Cetes account directly with the government at Cetesdirecto.com and avoid commissions.
  14. Ilox capital investment justification is based on 300 prepaid signups of the triple play package for the first year, and that is the only offering available for now. After that their service offerings will normalize; include the less expensive offerings, and one can cancel or downgrade. If you own property in the area, consider the benefits of being an early adopter and watching your home value increase, even if you're getting more than you need or want the first year.
  15. Thank you Computer Guy...Peter, the standard package is 75 mb down, 18.75 up the 1st year. There's also 250 down, 63.5 Mb up. Theres also full commercial service up to 1 Gb symmetrical. There is no obligation or investment to pledge...If they don't know your interest, we can't get to the next step.