SCT updates mobile licence concessions

26 Aug 2009

BNamericas is reporting that the Mexican telecoms regulator, the Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT), has modified the licences held by mobile operator Telefonica Moviles Mexico (Movistar) and iDEN operator Nextel. The regulator claims the alterations will allow increased competition in the wireless sector. Under the changes Nextel will be allowed to offer traditional mobile voice services, and it will make an initial payment of MXN11.3 million (USD870,000) for the updated licence terms, plus a further MXN79 million fee per year. Movistar, meanwhile, will be permitted to offer trunking services.

It was also reported that the SCT has modified cellco Iusacell’s licence in Regions One and Four, allowing the company to offer data services, trunking and videoconferencing. However, the authorities confiscated 25MHz from Iusacell in the 100MHz and 400MHz bands Region Nine, which includes Mexico City; the regulator claims that Iusacell was not making efficient use of the spectrum. In addition, Iusacell will be expected to pay MNX894 million for a 15-year extension of its concession contract that expired in April 2007.

Juan Molinar, Mexico’s minister of communication and transport, has revealed that the regulator still has 146 telecoms contracts to review, of which 60 are understood to have already expired. The regulator expects to complete its reviews before the end of 2009.