Tijuana to be first in Mexico to switch to digital TV

U-T San Diego - Tijuana, a city of more than 1.7 million residents, next year will become the first in Mexico to make the switch from analog to digital television. The rest of Mexico is scheduled to follow suit by the end of 2015.

Large-scale solar power plant inaugurated in Baja

Latin American Herald Tribune - Mexican President Felipe Calderon inaugurated a solar power plant that he touted as the region’s first, a pilot facility in Baja California that features 4,000 photovoltaic panels and 1 MW in generating capacity.

Readying a rail bridge across the Rio Grande

New York Times - Officials from both sides of the Rio Grande expect the completion in December of the Brownsville West Rail Bypass International Bridge, an eight-mile project that should make the growing trade between Texas and Mexico easier.

ICA Fluor part of deal to build Veracruz complex

Nasdaq - ICA Fluor, the industrial construction joint venture of Empresas ICA and Fluor Corp., is part of the venture awarded a multi-billion dollar contract to build new petrochemical complex Etileno XXI in Veracruz.

State-of-art prison inaugurated in Hermosillo

EFE - The government has inaugurated a federal prison featuring state-of-the-art technology in the northern Mexican state of Sonora, the first penitentiary built with the participation of the private sector.

Incoming government to create water ministry

Water World - Mexico's incoming PRI-party government plans to create a water ministry, independent from the environment ministry Semarnat, according to a constitutional reform proposal presented by PRI lawmaker Alfonso Inzunza.

Activists dispute theory of Mexico lawmaker murder

 AP — Water-rights activists questioned the theory of Mexican state prosecutors that the killing of a state legislator-elect this month was orchestrated by his designated substitute. They say the slain man opposed a controversial Sonora water project.

Mexico's 700MHz plan raises harmonization hopes

Rethinking Wireless - Mexico has agreed to open up its 700MHz digital dividend spectrum for mobile services, using the band plan being standardized across most of the Asia-Pacific region. This raises hopes that near-global harmonization can be achieved.

Fire at Mexico Pemex gas facility kills 10

Reuters - Ten people were killed and at least 10 others injured when a Pemex gas facility burst into flames in northern Mexico on Tuesday, disrupting gas supplies in the area. The blaze was one of the worst accidents Pemex has suffered in the last few years.

ICA exec sees infrastructure spending rising 56%

Bloomberg - Annual infrastructure spending in Mexico could climb as much as 56 percent to $70 billion in the coming years as the country plows more money into roads, ports, water projects, and oil and gas, said ICA chief executive Alonso Quintana.

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