Mexican mobile network operator Iusacell has been named as the second company to have expressed an official interest in the government’s upcoming auction for access to two of state-owned power firm Comision Federal de Electridad’s (CFE’s) dark fibre strands. According to BNamericas, the country’s telecoms regulator, the Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT), has said that only one other bid had been received by the 5 April deadline, that being a joint offer by local broadcast giant Televisa, Telefonica of Spain and cableco Megacable. The licences granting access to the fibre strand, which are valid for a 20-year period and renewable for a further ten, will be awarded on 9 June.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the SCT is conducting the auction on behalf of CFE, and the fibre links, which span some 21,208km, have been split into three sections: Pacific, Centre and Gulf. Bidding was opened in January 2010, and the combined minimum bid for the lines is MXN858.6 million (USD66.4 million). Commercial operations over the fibre infrastructure are expected to begin within 18 months of the auction’s end.