Mexico approves 3G and WiMAX auction plan

23 Oct 2007

Mexico’s transport and communications ministry (SCT) has approved plans by the telecoms regulator Cofetel to auction spectrum for 3G and WiMAX services, writes BNamericas citing the government’s official register. Cofetel delivered the proposal to the SCT in June, and the ministry has now given the green light for the regulator to go ahead with the first auction: that for 3G spectrum in the 1.9GHz and 1.7GHz-2.1GHz bands, within 90 days. The ministry expects the 1.7GHz-2.1GHz band to be allocated to a newcomer, possibly specialising in mobile data services, and has allowed 270 days for the sale of this licence. For the 1.9GHz band Cofetel will offer three 10MHz blocks in eight of the country’s nine operating areas. The eligibility of existing Mexican fixed or mobile operators to bid for any of these licences is to be decided by the antitrust authority CFC (Cofeco).

The auction of WiMAX spectrum, in the 3.4GHz-3.7GHz bands, must take place within 180 days. The frequencies will be divided into two 25MHz blocks for each of the nine mobile operating areas and two 50MHz blocks for each municipality.