Mexico: 14 companies to compete for regional DTT channels

Mexican Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) reported that 14 companies will participate in the tender process for 31 digital terrestrial TV channels. The interested parties have already submitted the documentation required by the regulator.

IFT said that two other interested parties have withdrawn from the process but they will not be penalized because they “left the process before delivering their bid security ,” said Alejandro Navarrete, head of IFT’s radio spectrum unit, according to newspaper Expansión.

Initially, 148 channels would be tendered. Navarrete said that 117 channels were not awarded due to a lack of tenderers and that the interest in “this tender is focusing not on competition at the national level, but on competing in local and regional markets,” El Universal reported.

The Institute provided these 14 participants with access keys and operating instructions for the electronic platform for the training session and for the bidding process. Practices will be held from August 7 to 11 and the bidding process will begin on August 14, 2017.