Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, Ifetel) could stage its planned auction of 2.5GHz (2500MHz-2690MHz) spectrum as early as the second half of this year, Alejandro Navarrete, director of the watchdog’s Radio Spectrum Unit has informed El Economista. The official noted, however, that it has yet to be established as to whether the concessions will be auctioned on a regional or national basis.
In July 2015 Ifetel announced that, as part of its ‘Plan Nacional de Espectro Radioelectrico’, it will make available spectrum in the 2.5GHz band from 2016. The watchdog took the decision after taking into account the recommendations of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Comision Interamericana de Telecomunicaciones (CITEL). Local media reports had previously suggested that market newcomer AT&T had approached Ifetel with a request for a 50MHz block of frequencies in the 2.5GHz band.