Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) has confirmed that it has successfully freed up Mexico City-based spectrum in the 692MHz-698MHz currently held by pay-TV operator Comband, thus furthering its ambitions of freeing up the 614MHz to 698MHz (‘600MHz’) band for 5G use. The pay-TV firm has been handed VHF spectrum in the 54MHz-60MHz band.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in March this year the IFT approved the relocation of 48 digital television channels in the 600MHz band to pave the way for a ‘second digital dividend’ in the country. The Mexican watchdog has claimed that its proposed migration timeline will make it the first country in the world to fully release the 600MHz band for mobile broadband use. The 600MHz band could be distributed as early as 1Q19, local reports have suggested.