Ifetel still examining options for independent wholesale services provider

28 Nov 2013

Mexico’s new telecoms regulator the Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Ifetel) is reportedly examining a number of different options for the creation of an independent operator that would use the 700MHz band to provide wholesale broadband services. According to BNamericas, which cites Ifetel’s head of regulatory policy Luis Lucatero, it is understood that the new operator could offer services using 700MHz spectrum as well as the dark fibre infrastructure belonging to state-owned power company Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE). ‘We haven’t decided on a model yet, we have looked at about 17 different options for the auction,’ Mr Lucatero said, adding that it remained unclear whether 2.5GHz spectrum would be incorporated in plans for the shared network.

As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, as part of the country’s wide-ranging telecoms reforms approved in April 2013 it was revealed that a 90MHz block of 700MHz spectrum would be handed to state-owned Telecomunicaciones de Mexico (Telecomm Telegrafos). The company is expected to utilise the frequencies to deploy and operate a wholesale network once the spectrum in question is freed up after the analogue switch-off, planned for 2016. While the country’s established operators welcomed previousl regulator Cofetel’s move to grant Telecomm Telegrafos an operating licence, there have, however, been criticisms at the amount of spectrum it will receive, with some suggestions that a 30MHz block would be enough to allow it to roll out a network.