Consortium wins Mexican dark fibre licence

11 Jun 2010

The Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) has revealed that a consortium made up of local media giant Grupo Televisa, Mexican cableco Megacable and Spain’s Telefonica has been awarded the licence allowing access to two strands of dark fibre owned by state power company Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE). According to Business Week the trio submitted a bid of MXN884 million (USD69.4 million) and it is understood that they plan to spend a combined MXN1.3 billion on upgrading the infrastructure for future use. Under the terms of the licence awarded all three will be able to transport customer traffic over the fibre strands, while it will also allow them to offer routing services to other operators. Commenting on the development, Francisco Gil Diaz, executive vice president of Telefonica Mexico, said: ‘Now there will be competition … It’s something that we’ve very much lacked in this country.’

The announcement however comes as little surprise; as reported by CommsUpdate last month the SCT said that the consortium had submitted the only qualified bid for the licence. The regulator rejected mobile operator Iusacell’s application, claiming the cellco had failed to agree to the auction rules.