Mexico may delay 5G auction due to coronavirus

Mexico may delay 5G auction due to coronavirus

Mexican regulator IFT (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones) could postpone the country’s upcoming auction of 5G-ready 600MHz spectrum in light of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

The auction was expected to take place in the second half of the year, but IFT commissioner Arturo Robles has now stated that “the auction dates would have to be evaluated [as] spectrum auctions do not take place during pandemics.”

Mexico succeeded in clearing its 600MHz band for mobile broadband in October 2018 – an accomplishment that it claimed as a world first. The country is also considering the 1900MHz, 2.3GHz and 3.3GHz bands for 5G use.

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