IFT claims ‘world first’ by clearing entire 600MHz band for 5G

11 Oct 2018

Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) has confirmed that it has successfully freed up the 600MHz band, paving the way for the frequencies to be repurposed for 5G mobile use. More than 200 TV channels have been relocated since 2015, freeing up around 70MHz of mobile-ready 600MHz spectrum.

The release of the band – which has been described as a ‘second digital dividend’ – has prompted the Mexican watchdog to claim that it is the first country in the world to fully free up the 600MHz band for mobile broadband use. The 600MHz band could be distributed as early as 1Q19, local reports have suggested.