The commission of the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) of Mexico unanimously approved the refusal to grant the extension of the licensing of frequencies used for TV via microwave in the 2.5 GHz band of the telecommunications company Megacable.
The resolution, which ratifies a process started in 2006, seeks to recover the frequencies to re-auction them in order to expand the coverage of mobile broadband, according to the IFT. Megacable’s license dates from 2000.
The recovery process was initiated by the Communications and Transportation Secretariat (SCT) of that country but it had expired. Regulatory agencies determined after the telecommunications reform initiated in 2014 that the 2.5 GHz band would be used exclusively for internet and that the frequencies used by small and medium regional Pay-TV operators should be removed.
“Consistent with the rescue procedure that pursues causes of public interest, the refusal of Megacable’s extension is resolved”, confirmed the IFT Head of the Concessions and Services Unit, Rafael Eslava.