20 June 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
The Federal Telecommunications Institute of Mexico (IFT) is launching an investigation into the report of illicit activities in the Mexican telecoms market.
The regulator is specifically
exploring the areas of restricted television and audio
services, fixed and mobile telephony and both fixed and mobile
The investigation will examine what the IFT describes as
'one or more mergers, acquisitions of control or any act by
virtue of which partnerships, associations, shares, social
parties, trusts or assets in general are made between
competitors, suppliers, customers or any other economic agents.
Whose purpose or effect is to hinder, diminish, damage or
impede free competition or economic competition."
The regulator says that this activity is anti-competitive
when such operations gives an unfair advantage to specific
players in the market, displaces other economic agents or
prevents other third parties from entering the market and
reaching supplies. Or otherwise engages in monopolistic
practices prohibited by the Federal law of Economic
The investigation will began on 18 May 2018 and according to
the rules of the Federal Law of Economic
Competition, cannot be less than 30 business days nor
exceed 120 days. However, the investigation may be extended by
the IFT up to four times, but only when fully justified.
Earlier this year, Mexico ushered in another major milestone
when the IFT 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.
Federal Telecommunications Institute of Mexico,
Federal Law of Economic Competition