Mexican spectrum auction underwhelms; only Telcel, AT&T participate

7 Oct 2021

The auction of unused 4G frequencies in Mexico has generated a total of MXN1.35 billion (USD65.3 million), with AT&T Comunicaciones Digitales (AT&T Mexico) and Radiomovil Dipsa (Telcel) scooping up selected spectrum blocks. The Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) has confirmed that AT&T offered MXN374 million for 800MHz (814MHz-824MHz/859MHz-869MHz) spectrum in Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Durango, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila and Tamaulipas (Regions 1-4), and bid MXN706.85 million for the same 800MHz airwaves in Puebla, Leon, Guadalajara, Cancun, Veracruz and Merida (Regions 5-9); the US telco’s total bidding commitments reached MXN1.081 billion. For its part, Telcel offered MXN270 million for a 2×30MHz block of 2.5GHz spectrum (2500MHz-2530MHz/2620MHz-2650MHz). All 1700MHz/2100MHz AWS and 1900MHz PCS frequencies went unsold.

The IFT will be hoping for a greater level of interest when it stages its long-awaited 5G spectrum auction. The watchdog cleared the 600MHz band for mobile use back in 2018, but has yet to disclose an auction date.