Mexico’s Supreme Court has reportedly upheld an appeal by MVS Comunicaciones in which the latter is seeking to retain spectrum in the 2.5GHz frequency band, according to Reuters. The decision is something of a blow to the Mexican government’s efforts to shake up the country’s telecoms sectors, with MVS holding a 190MHz spectrum block in the 2.5GHz band, a total which it is claimed could be enough to provide frequencies for three operators.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in August 2012 the Mexican government confirmed that expiring licences for spectrum in the 2.5GHz band would not be renewed, with existing concessions set to be reclaimed with a view to the frequencies being refarmed for the deployment of 4G technology. However, MVS had been embroiled in a long-running dispute with the state over its licences, and as noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, as far back as October 2009 regulator Cofetel had begun mulling plans to offer spectrum in the 2.5GHz band, stating that 190MHz in the 2.5GHz band held by MVS could be freed up if it did not renew the operator’s licences for that specific frequency. Amid claims by the regulator that the telco was not making full use of the spectrum, MVS countered that it would seek to oppose any such move. Having held seemingly fruitless discussions with the government over the fate of its licences, March 2012 saw MVS confirm that it had launched a last-ditch bid to retain around three-quarters of its spectrum, with the company having confirmed it had offered the state USD340 million in November 2011. It was understood that in return for the sum offered, MVS sought to retain use of around 140MHz of its 190MHz spectrum in the 2.5GHz band for an initial period of ten years, but with the state having valued the frequencies far more highly it was rejected.