CFC publishes ruling on spectrum bidding rules

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Mexico's anti-trust commission CFC has published its ruling on the bidding rules for the forthcoming auction for mobile spectrum, in which it sets a 90MHz cap on the amount of spectrum a single wireless carrier can obtain, local press reported.

The spectrum cap applies across the 800Mhz, 1700MHz and 1900MHz frequency bands.

The CFC said its recommendation is aimed at encouraging new operators to enter the market without inhibiting growth of existing service providers. The cap will allow existing operators to increase their spectrum by at least a third, it said. Previously the CFC had set an 80MHz cap, but after a review, ruled that 90MHz was a more realistic number.

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On May 25, telecoms regulator Cofetel approved the bidding rules for the auctions and was awaiting approval by the CFC. The government has promised the auction will go ahead this year, but the process has undergone several delays.