Mexico may allow bids on 2.5 GHz spectrum


The Mexican Secretary of Communications and Transport said that it may allow bidding on a portion of nearly 190 megazhertz of spectrum currently held by the firm MVS Communicaciones in the 2.5 GHz band to help promote more efficient use of spectrum.

Initially the 2.5 GHz had been assigned to pay-TV services through MMDS. MVS would like to use the spectrum to offer LTE mobile broadband services. If that is allowed, MVS could hold just 100 megahertz of spectrum.

The subject returned to the agenda because the Secretary of Communications and Transport Juridical Affairs Chief Gerardo Sánchez Henkel said to local press that negotiations have continued without any resolution, and that the need to promote the efficient use of spectrum is likely and predictable part of the tender process.

MVS was granted the spectrum to offer microwave television service and Internet. In 2008, the company asked to use the spectrum to offer mobile broadband services. In April, MVS announced a project called “2.5 GHz, Mobile Broadband for all,” which announced the possibility of improving both broadband service by lowering costs and offering greater speeds, using its existing spectrum. The government has not responded to MVS’s proposal.

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Editor, Americas
Roberta Prescott is responsible for Latin America reporting news and analysis, interviewing key stakeholders. Roberta has worked as an IT and telecommunication journalist since March 2005, when she started as a reporter with InformationWeek Brasil magazine and its website IT Web. In July 2006, Prescott was promoted to be the editor-in-chief, and, beyond the magazine and website, was in charge for all ICT products, such as IT events and CIO awards. In mid-2010, she was promoted to the position of executive editor, with responsibility for all the editorial products and content of IT Mídia. Prescott has worked as a journalist since 1998 and has three journalism prizes. In 2009, she won, along with InformationWeek Brasil team, the press prize 11th Prêmio Imprensa Embratel. In 2008, she won the 7th Unisys Journalism Prize and in 2006 was the editor-in-chief when InformationWeek Brasil won the 20th media award Prêmio Veículos de Comunicação. She graduated in Journalism by the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, has done specialization in journalism at the Universidad de Navarra (Spain, 2003) and Master in Journalism at IICS – Universidad de Navarra (Brazil, 2010) and MBA – Executive Education at the Getulio Vargas Foundation.