MVS unveils plans for 2.5GHz spectrum; regulatory approval holding up progress

7 Apr 2011

With the future of its 2.5GHz spectrum allocation still in doubt, Mexico’s MVS Telecomunicaciones has revealed plans to roll out a new nationwide local mobile broadband network that it claims would allow the country’s citizens to access high speed internet services more easily and at lower costs. According to the Wall Street Journal Reuters, Jose Abad, vice president of MVS’ internet unit MVS Net, has claimed that a consortium comprising MVS, US-based wireless operator Clearwire Corp, chipmaker Intel Corp and Mexican fixed line operator Alestra are ready to invest approximately USD400 million in rolling out the new infrastructure using the 190MHz of frequencies that had previously been allocated to MVS in the 2.5GHz band. With the new network expected to be based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, MVS has said that the proposed infrastructure would be unique in Mexico, as it would be designed, built and operated by an independent company, and open to all communications service providers, with initial coverage of around 55 million potential users expected.

MVS has, however, claimed that regulatory issues are holding up the project, which will be known by the ‘Mobile Broadband For Everyone’ moniker. Abad has claimed that the Comision Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Cofetel) has not yet issued a report on the technical guidelines needed in order for the Finance Ministry to set the fees that will need to be paid for continued use of the spectrum in question.