Finnish companies set eyes on Mexico's wholesale network

Friday, October 14, 2016

Finnish companies are eager to learn more about Mexico's wholesale network initiative, particularly the project's impact on internet of things-related applications, said Juha Sipilä, prime minister of Finland.

During the third Latin American conference on spectrum management in Mexico City, Sipilä said Mexico could be the most exciting market in terms of ICT and IoT growth, local daily El Universal reported.

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Juhani Hintikka, CEO of Finnish telecom software specialist Comptel, told Mexican business daily El Financiero that his company wants to provide state-of-the-art software to the consortium that wins the concession for the wholesale network.

Comptel's plans for Mexico involve replicating the success it achieved in Australia, where it provides service platforms to the wholesale, open-access National Broadband Network, said Hintikka.

The company operates in 90 countries and offers services to carriers, such as Telefónica, Vodafone, and Claro.

Finnish ICT company Nokia has also expressed interest in becoming a service provider for the wholesale network.

None of the Finnish firms have mentioned the possibility of participating as investors.

At the conference, Gabriel Contreras, head of Mexican telecom regulator IFT, said the economic competitiveness analysis on the shared network should be ready by October 17, as bids are due October 20.

Contreras stressed that the authorities have worked to ensure the wholesale network presents a highly competitive tender. Nonetheless, the number of interested parties remains unknown.