MVS aiming for WiMAX in 23 cities backed by Clearwire and Intel

1 Dec 2009

Mexico’s MVS Comunicaciones aims to collaborate with its US-based minority shareholders Clearwire and Intel Corp to roll out a certified WiMAX network covering 23 cities in the second half of 2010 under a total investment budget of USD700 million, according to its vice president of institutional relations, Felipe Chao, quoted by Dow Jones Newswires. However, in addition to sourcing funding for the rollout, the plan depends on Mexico’s communications ministry SCT renewing some of MVS’s regional 2.6GHz wireless broadband frequency licences. BNamericas reports that the authority has threatened to re-auction the concessions as MVS had not fully utilised its spectrum allocations, which cover around 75% of the country. MVS has countered that government indecision over whether to renew its licences has held up investments in deploying new services.

According to TeleGeography, MVS Comunicaciones’ subsidiary MVS Net (E-Go), an ISP and WISP, launched a pre-WiMAX network in mid-2006, covering Mexico City, Guadalajara, Mexcali, Monterrey and Toluca.