Mexican court rejects wireless auction delay appeal

11 Feb 2010

An appeal by Mexican operators MVS Comunicaciones and Iusacell to delay the auction of wireless spectrum has been rejected, according to BNamericas. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, last week the two telcos filed an appeal with a Mexican court alleging that the bidding conditions for the sale were unfair, following which the court announced it would consider the matter. However, having examined the claims the court has now ruled that there is insufficient evidence to support delaying the auction. In response, Gonzalo Martinez Pous, a commissioner at regulator Comision Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Cofetel), said: ‘This allows us to continue with the process through to its conclusion.’ Nonetheless, it is understood that the decision can be appealed, although neither MVS nor Iusacell have yet confirmed whether they will take such action.

Meanwhile, in separate news Reuters is reporting that two other notable regulatory decisions could be made relating to the Mexican telecoms sector this week. Firstly, it is understood that the country’s antitrust watchdog, Comision Federal de Competencia (Cofeco), could rule on proposals by local businessman Carlos Slim to consolidate his Mexican holdings. Under plans put forward by the tycoon, Latin American mobile giant America Movil would absorb Mexican fixed line incumbent Telefonos de Mexico (Telmex), as well as regional fixed line group Telmex Internacional. In addition, Cofeco may also issue a decision on recent proposals by broadcast company Televisa for the acquisition of a 20% to 30% stake in digital trunking operator Nextel de Mexico. The watchdog is meeting on 11 February, and both issues are expected to come up for discussion.