Cofetel to examine 4G spectrum options as 3G bidding rules are released

6 Jan 2010

The Comision Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Cofetel), Mexico’s telecoms regulator, has revealed that this year it plans to study the possibility of auctioning spectrum in the 700MHz band for 4G services, according to BNamericas. Hector Osuna, head of Cofetel, said of the matter: ‘We will advance in our studies regarding a tender at the behest of the transport and communications ministry and in conjunction with them we will look at possibly using the 700MHz band.’

While the regulator is preparing to examine the possibilities for 4G services, bidding rules for the long-awaited auction of 3G licences in Mexico are due to finally be released today. The government will auction a total of 120MHz split into two blocks, with a cap of 80MHz per operator having been imposed; this limit will restrict the participation of some of the country’s existing cellcos. The bidding rules will cost MXN20,000 (USD1,548) and are expected to be available until 8 March 2010.