As Mexico prepares for the 5G era, three domestic players have reportedly renewed legacy spectrum rights covering the 5G-suitable 3.5GHz band. According to El Economista, the Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) has permitted AT&T Mexico, Axtel and Telmex to renew longstanding 50MHz nationwide WiMAX concessions, each of which will run for 20 years, starting on 1 January 2020.
All three players are required to relinquish parts of their current 3.4GHz frequency allocation by year-end, however, to ensure a fairer spectrum distribution. As per the report, Axtel will now operate spectrum in the 3500MHz-3550MHz range and will relinquish frequencies in the 3425MHz-3450MHz and 3525MHz-3550MHz bands. Meanwhile, Telmex has transferred 3550MHz-3575MHz spectrum to AT&T, in exchange for 3475MHz-3500MHz frequencies.
TeleGeography notes that an additional 50MHz of spectrum within the 3.4GHz-3.6GHz range is expected to come into play next year, most likely via an IFT auction.