Telmex transfers 3.5GHz spectrum to Telcel ahead of 5G push

14 Apr 2020

America Movil (AM)-backed fixed line operator Telmex has reportedly transferred its 3.5GHz concession to sister company Telcel, as the latter prepares to deploy 5G technology. According to a new report by El Economista, the spectrum transfer actually took place on 23 January – shortly after the licence was renewed for a 20-year period (on 1 January 2020).

TeleGeography notes that Mexican 3.5GHz licences are also held by AT&T Mexico and Axtel, after the Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) sanctioned the renewal of each concession in October 2019. Prior to the renewal, all three players were required to relinquish parts of their existing 3.5GHz frequency allocations by end-2019, to ensure each operator held a contiguous block of spectrum. (Note: AT&T is understood to have inherited the 3.5GHz licence as a result of its 2015 takeover of Nextel Mexico.)

Telcel now has access to the 3450MHz-3500MHz band, Axtel presides over spectrum in the 3500MHz-3550MHz range and AT&T will use 3550MHz-3600MHz frequencies.