IFT seizes 2.5GHz spectrum from TDS; intends to auction for 4G

12 Jul 2017

Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) has confirmed plans to seize a 190MHz block of spectrum in the 2500MHz-2690MHz range from TDS Comunicaciones, which was licensed to provide pay-TV services in La Paz, Los Cabos, Comondu and Mulege (all Baja California). TDS has 90 days to notify its subscribers, and migrate them onto other platforms. Justifying the decision, the IFT said that the poor distribution of frequencies was ‘hindering the provision of new services’. Going forward, the watchdog intends to auction the spectrum for 4G use.