Mexico rail operators awarded radio spectrum

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Mexican telecom regulator IFT agreed to grant several concessions to railway operators for the public use of frequency bands in the radio spectrum.

The event marks the first time the regulator awards concessions to players who provide public services other than telecommunications and radio broadcasting. The awarded bands will be used for rail transport operations, including security.

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The railway concessionaires are Ferrovalle, Ferromex, Kansas City Southern de México, Ferrosur, and Línea Coahuila Durango.

The IFT also launched a public consultation on the modifications to the must-carry and must-offer guidelines, which seek to provide free access programming to pay-TV subscribers without additional costs. The consultation will end on October 10, and pay-TV concessionaires and permit holders will have to use their assigned virtual channel by October 27.