Ifetel planning to launch tender for two satellite spots next year

12 Dec 2013

Mexico’s new telecoms regulator the Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Ifetel) has announced its approval for a tendering process for the placement of two commercial satellites in orbit next year, Reuters reports. With the watchdog having said it hopes the move will drive competition in the sector, it is understood that it aims to tender the locations for the satellites – 113 degrees west and 116.8 degrees west, respectively, along with their affiliated C and Ku spectrums that data is sent through – in 2014. ‘The granting of concessions for orbiting resources … is very important as it drives greater competition in the satellite industry,’ the Ifetel said of its plans.