IFT official confirms Telefonica plans to return Mexican spectrum

10 Jan 2020

Recent press reports suggesting Telefonica is poised to return its Mexican cellular frequencies have been confirmed by Alejandro Navarrete, head of the Radio Spectrum Unit at the Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT). In an interview with Aristegui Noticias, Mr Navarrete explained that – as part of the Spanish group’s operational overhaul of its Hispanoamerica businesses – Telefonica Moviles Mexico (Movistar) has opted to return its spectrum in the 800MHz and 1900MHz bands. This process commenced on 31 December 2019 and will conclude on 30 June 2022.

TeleGeography notes that in November 2019 Movistar signed a ‘last mile wireless capacity access agreement’ with AT&T Mexico, securing access to its 3G and 4G networks. The migration of Movistar’s traffic to the AT&T network commenced immediately and is being implemented gradually.