Mexico has one of the most active social-networking populations on earth. Last year the Internet searches originating from mobile devices jumped from 10% to 25%. Indeed, in 2012 the Latin America region saw the biggest jump in its online population, up 16% to 129.3 million visitors.
New technologies and particularly mobile Internet become more and more important everywhere in the world. The state of Jalisco (Mexico) understands very well the situation. The partnership between Nokia and Guadalajara's Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESO) helps turning the city and the state into a hotbed for mobile application development.
With the ITESO program, Nokia expands its research and development capabilities in Mexico. The company and the Institute of Technology work together to train young developers who can work with relevant technology platforms. This way, they contribute to the development of the country.
”Nokia and ITESO are part of a movement that is driving technology development in Mexico, and particularly in Jalisco, which has taken a leadership position,” says Manuel Gonzalez Arce, Nokia’s communications director for northern Latin America. “The creation of the first mobile software laboratory in Latin America means opportunity for entrepreneurs interested in developing these applications.”