Mobile auction suspended

10 Feb 2005

Mexican telecoms regulator Cofetel has suspended the country’s wireless spectrum auction, after a court ordered the authorities to allow existing cellco Unefon to participate. Unefon had been banned from participating by the Federal Competition Commission (FCC) because of limits on the amount of bandwidth that an operator is allowed to own; no one company is allowed to acquire more than 35MHz of bandwidth in the 1900MHz frequency. Cofetel said it hopes to resume the process soon, but was forced to suspend proceedings, as Unefon already has 30MHz of bandwidth in the 1900MHz band, taking part in the auction (in which four blocks of 10MHz are being sold) would put it over the limit.