Cofetel releases details of potential wireless spectrum bidders

11 Jan 2010

Mexico’s Comision Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Cofetel) has revealed that a combination of incumbent operators and potential new entrants have purchased the bidding rules for its upcoming auctions of wireless spectrum, according to Dow Jones Newswires. The regulator has announced that 44 companies acquired the bidding rules for the auction of spectrum in the 1850MHz-1990MHz band, while 49 bought rules for the auction in the 1710MHz-2170MHz band. Those operators named as having picked up the rules for both auctions include local telecom giant America Movil, third-placed mobile network operator Iusacell, and a pair of Mexican fixed line operators, Axtel and Maxcom. In addition, Mexican media conglomerate Grupo Televisa and cable TV operator Megacable bought both sets of bidding rules, along with Telefonica of Spain.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the bidding rules for both auctions were available until 8 January, and Cofetel has said it aims to announce the winners of the auction process within 30 days of the deadline for bids, which has been set at 25 May.