Villa Talea de Castro, a town in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, is creating its own cellular telephone network due to lack of interest on the part of wireless companies in serving the mountain community of 2,500 people.

"The neighboring communities are interested in the project so the antennas can be linked in an autonomous community network," Villa Talea de Castro secretary Alejandro Lopez Canseco said in a telephone interview with Efe.

The town plans to acquire more equipment and provide the existing gear to another community, Lopez said.

The network will allow residents to make discounted calls across Mexico and to the United States.

Subscribers will pay 15 pesos ($1.15) per month for access to text messaging and unlimited calls of up to five minutes.

"The length of the calls is limited because we want to prevent use of the telephones to spread gossip," Lopez said.

Villa Talea de Castro, located about 115 kilometers (71 miles) from Oaxaca city, will offer calls to the United States for 50 cents per minute and calls to other parts of Mexico for 20 cents per minute. EFE