Mexican open-access 700MHz network to be operational by 2018

13 Oct 2014

Mexico’s Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) and Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Ifetel) have reportedly signed a series of framework agreements which will allow the country’s planned open-access 700MHz network to launch in 2018. Although there has been a degree of confusion regarding the timeline for the project up until now, deputy communications minister Jose Ignacio Peralta has now confirmed that interested parties can submit their tenders in December this year, with the spectrum likely to be freed up by August 2015.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, despite the lack of a formal tender, the authorities received their first bid to build the state-owned mobile network last month, from an as-yet-unidentified consortium; telecom equipment providers Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson helped the mystery consortium craft the proposal, which could be worth as much as USD10 billion over the course of the next decade.