Grupo Salinas will continue to challenge Nextel/Televisa 1700MHz licence award

6 Oct 2010

Legal challenges against the issue of a nationwide 1700MHz licence to the joint venture between Mexican media giant Televisa and Nextel de Mexico could run for years, according to a lawyer representing a group of companies contesting the state’s decision to hand over the spectrum. According to Dow Jones Newswires, Salvador Rocha, a lawyer for Grupo Salinas, which includes local mobile network operator Iusacell, has said the legal battle regarding the matter is ‘just beginning’, suggesting that future action could even include charges being brought against the government officials that awarded the licence. Rocha noted that Grupo Salinas believed that the terms of the auction violated laws defending free competition and requiring that the government obtain the maximum benefit from the sale of national assets.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the joint bid by Televisa and Nextel was the only one received for a 30MHz block in the 17010MHz to 2170MHz band in each of the country’s nine mobile operating regions; it offered the minimum bid of MXN180.3 million (USD14.1 million) for the concession. Earlier this week it was announced that the government had finally handed over the spectrum.

Mexico, Grupo Televisa/Nextel Mexico JV, Iusacell (inc. Unefon)