Mexico to launch new tender for DTT channels

Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) plans to tender new radio and TV stations in the second half of the year, according to the Annual Program for the Use of Frequency Bands 2018, published this week in the official gazette.
According to the document, IFT plans to tender 58 commercial DTT channels, 22 channels for social use and 12 for public use, in addition to 77 commercial FM radio stations and 29 AM stations, among others.
The regulator plans to tender a free-to-air TV channel in Mexico City and the metropolitan area, as well as in other states of the country such as Jalisco, Estado de México and Nuevo León, El Universal reported.
Last year, IFT tendered 32 digital TV channels for 29 coverage areas in different regions of the country. The 13 participants of that tender paid MX$ 1,614 million (USD 88.5 million).