Cofetel studying auction of 2 digital TV channels

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mexican telecoms regulator Cofetel could in September start analyzing the bidding program of frequencies for digital TV channels, Cofetel head Mony de Swaan was quoted as saying by local paper Excelsior.

The tender process - which would take about 18 months - will not be easy, De Swaan noted, given the high level of litigation in the sector. But he expects to reduce the average time it takes to award a license, which is currently close to 4.5 years.

The regulator is studying the possibility of linking a concession's awarding to the delivery of set-top boxes to users.

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De Swaan highlighted that a spectrum capacity study released in December 2010 indicated there is room to auction two open digital TV channels, one with 92% national coverage and the other with 82% coverage.