AT&T, Movistar agree spectrum swap; AT&T, Telcel register for AWS spectrum auction

23 Dec 2015

Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, Ifetel) has approved a spectrum swap deal between AT&T Mexico – which owns Iusacell and Nextel de Mexico – and its fellow operator, Movistar Mexico. The transaction comprises Personal Communications Service (PCS) spectrum in the 1900MHz band and Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum in the 1700MHz/2100MHz band, and involves frequencies in Regions 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 9. Running in parallel, the watchdog confirmed that it has also approved a deal for Movistar to lease certain 1900MHz spectrum blocks back to AT&T.

In other news, Ifetel has confirmed that AT&T Mexico (registered as AT&T Comunicaciones Digitales) and Telcel (registered as Radiomovil Dipsa) were the only two companies to submit applications ahead of next year’s Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum auction. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, 80MHz worth of 4G-suitable spectrum will be sold via a Combinatorial Clock Auction (CCA). The auction process will commence on 15 February.