IFT to free up 600MHz band for 5G

21 Mar 2018

Mexico’s Federal Telecomunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) has approved the relocation of 48 digital television channels in the 614MHz to 698MHz (‘600MHz’) spectrum band to pave the way for a ‘second digital dividend’ in the country. After the country’s analogue switch-off in 2015, the IFT notes that there were still 151 channels operating in the 600MHz band. To date, 103 of these have been migrated – or are in administrative channels to do so – and the other 48 are the newly relocated ones.

The Mexican watchdog claims that its proposed migration timeline will make it the first country in the world to fully release the 600MHz band for mobile broadband use. Going forward, the regulator has earmarked the band for 5G use.