Over 30 operators have submitted the required documents for the Mexican mobile licence. At mid-January, Cofetel announced that 93 companies acquired the bid documents for the mobile licence tender launched on 6 January. Of these, only 30 have presented the required documentation to demonstrate their technical and financial capacity to participate in the tender process.

Mexican telecoms regulator Cofetel is auctioning additional 120 MHz spectrum in the 1.7 and 1.9 GHz frequency bands. Both frequency bands can be used for provision of any telecommunications service, especially 3G including voice, data and video. The tender aims to boost competition by promoting the entry of new competitors on the market, without inhibiting the growth of established operators. Around 13 companies pre-qualified for the 1.7 GHz frequency band tender, including Iusacell, TV Azteca, the Nextel-Televisa consortium, Unefon and Radiomovil Dipsa (Telcel). Around 17 operators filed for the 1.9 GHz spectrum tender. The interested parties include Avantel, Iusacell, Unefon, TVAzteca, the Nextel-Televisa consortium and Telcel. Cofetel will review the presented documents and will announce the operators who qualify for the final tender phase by 21 April. Operators who receive Cofetel’s authorization will have to submit their formal bids on 25 May. Cofetel is expected to announce the licence winners in June