Mexico to open DTT tender

The Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) of Mexico will open on November 28 a tender for 148 DTT licenses. IFT expects the process to be completed by December 2017.

The 148 channels to be tendered are for the provision of public digital TV service in 124 different coverage areas throughout the country. In 24 of the coverage areas, two transmission channels will be tendered, some of which will be located in the VHF band, IFT said in a statement.

The tender includes channels in the VHF band (channels 7 to 13) and in the UHF band (channels 14 to 36). It is contemplated a 12 MHz spectrum cap in the coverage area concerned.

New market participants (those that do not have broadcasting services or do not cover more than 20% of the national population) will receive a stimulus in points.