State power company Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) has been awarded a 15-year licence to operate a public telecoms network over its electrical infrastructure, the Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) said in a statement. CFE is restricted to offering wholesale services and must make its network available to operators on a national level within a year.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, CFE has spent more than five years testing power line communications (PLC) technology to provide communications services over its electricity grid. It will offer PLC on a wholesale basis to licensed operators for the provision of telephony, video and data services. The main advantage of PLC is that it can bring high speed internet access to isolated communities which traditional PSTN-based infrastructure will or cannot reach. The power company says it will auction contracts to utilise its network on a region-by-region basis across its 13 areas of operation, starting in the centre-west states of Michoacán and Nayarit.