Ifetel approves 80MHz AWS tender plans; Combinatorial Clock Auction confirmed

12 Nov 2015

Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, Ifetel) has approved plans to auction 80MHz worth of 4G-suitable Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum. The approval document (‘Comunicado 97/2015’, dated 11 November), confirms that the process will adhere to a Combinatorial Clock Auction (CCA) format, which the watchdog hopes will lead to a more efficient distribution of spectrum; that type of auction has previously been utilised in markets such as Austria, Canada and Ireland.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Ifetel invited public opinions on the tender between 21 September and 16 October. In September the watchdog noted that the auction will comprise 30MHz of AWS-1 airwaves (1710MHz-1725MHz/2110MHz-2125MHz) alongside a 50MHz block of AWS-3 spectrum (1755MHz-1780MHz/2155MHz-2180MHz). The process will be open to existing mobile operators, as well as ‘potential new operators wishing to deploy a wireless network in Mexico’, and is expected to take place in January 2016.