America Movil (AM) has confirmed that its Mexican mobile subsidiary, Telcel, has closed the indirect acquisition of the right to ‘use and exploit’ approximately 60MHz of spectrum in the 2.5GHz band, pursuant to the agreement between Telcel and Grupo MVS dated 28 November 2016. It is believed that the frequencies in question were previously used for a now-defunct fixed wireless access (FWA) network, which was operated between 2006 and 2011. According to unconfirmed media reports the concession technically expired on 31 December 2016.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in May this year the Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) authorised Telcel’s previously announced acquisition of 60MHz of 2.5GHz spectrum, from DIGICRD (formerly known as MVS Multivision). The acquired spectrum covers 1,575 localities, equivalent to coverage of 75.41% of the national population. The watchdog noted that the deal means that Telcel now holds 29.77% of the country’s mobile-suitable spectrum.