IFT unveils multi-band spectrum tender

26 Jan 2021

Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) has announced plans to stage a public tender to enable the commercial exploitation of 41 blocks of radioelectric spectrum. Spectrum included in the sale process spans the 800MHz, 1900MHz, 1700MHz/2100MHz and 2.5GHz bands, and the concessions cover a combination of regional and national coverage areas. The watchdog notes that the tender will help to expand coverage to underserved locations, notably in the south-east of the country. Indeed, specific coverage obligations have been established for the states of Chiapas, Guerrero, Oaxaca and Veracruz. The tender will consist of four stages, the first of which will commence next month, although the formal submission of bids is not scheduled to take place until September.

The available spectrum is broken down as follows:

Block A1: one block; 814MHz-824MHz/859MHz-869MHz (Regions 1-4);

Blocks A5.01-A9.05: 37 blocks; 814MHz-824MHz/859MHz-869MHz (Regions 5-9);

Block B1: one block; 1755MHz-1760MHz/2155MHz-2160MHz (national coverage);

Block C1: one block; 2500MHz-2530MHz/2620MHz-2650MHz (various locations); and

Block D1: one block; 1910MHz-1915MHz/1990MHz-1995MHz (national coverage).