21 March 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
The Federal Telecommunications Institute of Mexico (IFT) has approved a plan to free up space in the 600MHz band to prepare for the 5G.
The plan, which is being described as a global first,
involves the relocation of 48 digital terrestrial television
(DTT) channels using frequencies between 614MHz and 698MHz
freeing up for 5G services.
The relocated channels will continue to operate below
channel 37 which is in 608-614MHz range, a move that the IFT
says is consistent with the Work Program to Reorganize the
Radioelectric Spectrum for Radio and Television Stations,
contained within Mexico’s National Radioelectric
Spectrum Program that came into force in November 2017.
The IFT says that this plan has been adopted by other
countries such as the US, Canada and New Zealand, and is
supported by Colombia and the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity.
In addition to freeing up space for 5G, the IFT says that by
migrating DTT channels to lower frequencies it also reduces
costs for operators and minimises the deployment times for the
Earlier this month, the IFT approved an amended reference offer
from Altan Redes over its 4G wholesale network Red Compartida
project. The IFT forced Altan Redes to amend its
wholesale reference offer it made back in December in order to
comply with the current regulatory framework.
The Federal Telecommunications Institute of Mexico,