IFT ‘evaluating’ postponement of Mexican 5G spectrum auction

26 Mar 2020

Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) has indicated that it is considering postponing its planned auction of 5G-suitable spectrum in the 600MHz band, as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The frequency sale was expected to be held in the second half of 2020. BNAmericas quotes IFT commissioner Arturo Robles as telling reporters that: ‘the auction dates would have to be evaluated [because] spectrum auctions do not take place during pandemics’.

TeleGeography notes that Mexico successfully cleared the 600MHz band by October 2018, claiming that its migration timeline made it the first country in the world to fully release the 600MHz band for mobile broadband use. Other frequencies under consideration to support the introduction of Mexican 5G services include the 1900MHz, 2.3GHz and 3.3GHz bands.