Mexico plans telecoms spectrum auction in 2015

Mexico has announced that it plans to auction mobile spectrum next year.

This will be the country’s first spectrum auction in five years as the government continues its efforts to increase competition in the market.

The Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT) said it aims to auction 60MHz of spectrum in frequency bands between 1.71GHz and 2.17GHz. It did not specify when the auction will take place.

Earlier this year the government implemented reforms to shake up its telecoms market in efforts to loosen tycoon Carlos Slim’s grip on the market. Most recently, AT&T purchased lusacell, Mexico’s third-biggest telecom operator, for $1.7 billion. It is rumoured that AT&T will enter the market next year.

The IFT will also auction 10MHz of spectrum between 440-450MHz to boost available capacity for private radio communication systems, as well as blocks of frequency for social and rural use between 824-894MHz.