IFT finally set to initiate 2.5GHz auction this month

10 Oct 2017

Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) has announced that it will initiate its long-planned auction of spectrum in the 2500MHz-2690MHz (‘2.5GHz’) band ‘in the coming weeks’. As per the watchdog’s previously stated plans, up to 130MHz of radio spectrum will be made available in six national 20MHz blocks: four TDD blocks and two FDD blocks. The remaining 10MHz will be reserved as ‘guard band’ spectrum. All concessions will be made available for a 20-year period.

TeleGeography notes that the band has been earmarked for distribution since the IFT unveiled its ‘Plan Nacional de Espectro Radioelectrico’ back in 2015, but the plans have been derailed on several occasions. This summer the watchdog made its final preparations for the auction, by seizing unused 2.5GHz frequencies from a number of regional pay-TV operators.