Mexican regulator may free up large parts of millimetre wave bands for 5G

Mexican regulator may free up large parts of millimetre wave bands for 5G

Mexican regulator the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT) has said that 2023 will see it make available up to 7,750 MHz of millimetre wave bands for 5G networks.

It has reportedly identified the 26GHz (24.25-27.5GHz), 38GHz (37-40GHz) and 42GHz (42-43.5GHz) bands for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) purposes. IMT is the generic term used by the ITU community to designate broadband mobile systems.

The IFT suggests that the up to 7,750 MHz of radio spectrum it could offer in millimetre wave bands would be suitable for autonomous vehicles and automation of agro-industrial processes, among other applications.

The AWS band in a number of parts of the 1700MHz and 2100MHz spectrum has also been identified. It is widely used for the provision of mobile services in the American continent. The 2023 programme will also propose the use of the PCS band in various frequency segments ranging from 1850 to 1915 and from 1930 to 1995MHz.

IFT is quoted in local press reports as adding that “in order to encourage the allocation of the largest amount of radio spectrum in the public bidding processes carried out by the Institute in the case of mobile services, the modification to the 2023 Program considers the possibility of assigning blocks of spectrum to national, regional or Basic Service Area (ABS) level".”

This, IFT explains, will allow the participation of interested parties with different economic capacities and business plans for service provision.

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