The Federal Telecommunications Commission (Cofetel) published on June 9 a call for bids for fixed or mobile wireless licences, to be awarded by the Ministry of Communications and Transport in a public auction to be held later this year. The licences will be for 20 years, and are stated to be for 30 MHz or 10 MHz within the 1850 to 1990 MHz band, for 50 MHz within the 3.4 to 3.7 GHz band and for 14 MHz within the 440 to 450 and 485 to 495 MHz bands.
More details as to the characteristics of the licences to be auctioned, and the requirements and conditions for bidding, are scheduled to be specified in the bases for the auction, to be published in the Diario Oficial on June 30. This auction is the latest step in the opening of the Mexican telecommunications industry to competition. A number of telephony concessions have been granted in the last year to new companies competing with The privatized Teléfonos de México, and further concessions are expected to be granted during the next few months. Increased foreign investment in the cable television industry is expected in the coming year.
Adrián Zubikarai and John Rogers