Mexican dark fibre auction to be delayed

25 Nov 2009

The Mexican government plans to delay the auction of unused fibre-optic transmission capacity until after January 2010 after a number of potential bidders requested more time to prepare offers, Bloomberg reports. The sale, which was originally scheduled to take place by 22 January next year, is now expected to be completed by end-March 2010.

The Mexican president Felipe Calderon announced the sale of two unused portions of a nationwide fibre-optic network in May 2009 with a view to boosting competition in the telecoms sector. The dark fibre infrastructure covers approximately 20,000km across the country, and will be divided into three geographic regions under the preliminary rules announced by the Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT). No limits however will be placed on bidding for access in all three regions by a single company.