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24 October 2016
| James Pearce
Two consortia have made bids to build and run Mexico’s long-delayed wholesale mobile network, according to the communications and transport ministry.
The network, which will run on 700MHz spectrum and must
cover at least 85% of the population, was proposed as part of a
major reform of the country’s telecoms sector.
The Mexican government aimed to curb the dominance of Carlos
Slim’s America Movil empire, but struggled to get
the project, called Red Compartida, up and running.
The tender process, which has been hit with multiple delays,
saw bids from a consortium called Atlan, made up of Megacable
and Axtel; and a second joint-bid from Rivada Networks and
The winner of the tender will be tasked with developing a 4G
mobile network to lease out to other companies on a wholesale
basis, as part of a 20-year public-private partnership. The
deal will see the winner given cheaper access to 700MHz
spectrum in return.
"Rivada Networks has submitted a bid to build out Red
Compartida for Mexico," Rivada Networks confirmed in a
statement to The Irish Times.
"The Red Compartida filings are confidential so we will not
comment in detail on our proposal but, if selected,
Rivada’s proposal will help lift Mexican GDP and
better the lives of citizens of all income groups in