Troubled spectrum auction to pick up where it left off

31 Mar 2005

Mexican telecom regulator Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Cofetel) has announced plans to restart its wireless spectrum auction cut short by a court ruling last month. The bidding for nine 40MHz blocks in the 1900MHz band was suspended after the third of seven rounds when law courts back a claim by operators that spectrum was being held back in key markets such as Mexico City and Guadalajara, and that the spectrum limit for individual companies in these markets was too low. Telcel and TEM have since obtained court injunctions against the ruling that limited them to 35 MHz of bandwidth in the 1900 MHz frequency in any one region. Telecel, TEM and Grupo Iusacell are the only remaining participants in the bidding; Nextel Mexico withdrew after securing additional spectrum in the 800 MHz frequency in a separate auction. Cofetel has now said that the sale of the will pick up where it left off on 1 April.