02 July 2018
| James Pearce
The Mexican state-owned telecoms operator Telecomm has opened up bids for the development of a new wholesale fibre network.
The rules for the tender were published, with the winner
expected to invest at least $200 million to access high-speed
strands of fibre cable that belongs to Mexico’s
Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).
Access to a second wholesale network which can directly
compete with America Movil’s offering is a key
part of telecoms reforms that aims to open up the Mexican
Telecomm was awarded access to CFE’s network in
2015 and was told to develop a three-year development
The plan, released by Telecomm, includes offering a
public-private partnership with two high-speed strands of
CFE’s cable on offer, making up part of a 25,000km
Interested parties have been given until 10 October 2018 to
develop and submit their proposals, with submissions due to be
adjucated on 24 October, and the PPP contracts ue to be signed
by 23 November.
The successful partners will tasked with providing economic,
technical, human, administrative and any other resourcs
required to design, deploy and run the so-called trunk network
(Troncal means trunk in Spanish).
The aim of the Red Troncal network is to provide fibre
connectivity to more than 80% of Mexico (to within 35kms of a
point of presence or interconnection point with the trunk
network). Targets for potential bidders include providing 30%
of coverage in under 18 months; 53.3% coverage within 30
months; and 80$ of coverage within 42 months (3.5 years).
The tender process will be open to investment from companies
operating outside of Mexico. This follows a recent keynote from
Mexico’s undersecretary of communications and
Edgar Olivera Jiménez at Capacity’s Mexico
Olivera, who has overseen a major overhaul of
Mexico’s telecoms sector as part of a bid to
create more competitiveness, told a packed conference room that
telecoms in the country was "on the fast track" for
Olivera concluded with a plea: "I hope Mexico Connect is a
great event for you – please continue investing in our
Mexico has already launched a wholesale network for 4G
Red Compartida, which was switched on in March, with its
first partners announced last month. The services run on 700MHz
spectrum that Altán Redes won more than a year ago to
build and operate the Red Compartida – Spanish for
"shared network" – in competition with América
Móvil, owned by Carlos Slim, and AT&T’s
and Telefónica’s local operations.