Mexican oil (Pemex) and the Federal electricity commission (CFE) were awarded new blocks of radio spectrum that they will use in their different operating facilities, whether terrestrial or maritime and for a period of 15 years as of this 2021.
Both parastatals already have other bandwidths to relieve their internal communication needs. Now, the concessions just authorized a few days ago by the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT) will allow both parastatals to improve some of their voice, video, and data service processes with better-suited spectrum.
The CFE obtained spectrum between the 7.1 and 8.5 GHz frequencies, while Pemex achieved a block at 4.5 GHz.
CFE argued to the IFT that the requested spectrum will be used for its work at the Laguna Verde nuclear plant, while Pemex It will exploit its new bands in infrastructures dedicated to drilling, extraction, refining, transportation and storage of crude oil throughout the country.
The companies had also requested spectrum belonging to other radioelectric bands. As an example, Pemex also requested frequencies in the 6, 7 and 15 GHz bands; while CFE requested frequencies in the 800 MHz band.
The Federal Institute of Telecommunications responded to the parastatals that it would analyze the rest of their requests.
In the case of CFE, it should be noted that this company requested a concession in the 806-814 / 851-859 MHz bands, dedicated to trunked services, but the authority recalled that CFE Telecomunicaciones e Internet para Todos is a subsidiary of CFE and that your future spectrum requests could occur now for blocks 814 – 824/859 – 869 MHz or 824 – 849/869 – 894 MHz, frequencies determined for mass-use mobile communications, so you will carefully study CFE requests .
IFT considers competing again in 2022 for the 800 MHz band
The IFT It also reaffirmed its plans to place in a new attempt the various available sections that make up the 800 MHz band, to assign them by 2022 to commercial and public concessionaires.
In this way, the IFT wants to push the coverage and capacity of mobile services in Mexico with a band for this nature such as 800 MHz.
The authority decided to compete for blocks of 824 – 849/869 – 894 MHz and 814 – 824/859 – 869 MHz for commercial use, and another of 824 – 849/869 – 894 MHz for social use.
The regulator plans to compete for these spectra by geographical areas called Basic Service Areas (ABS) within cellular regions 5 to 9 out of a total of nine that cover the entire national territory, so that regional and local operators can compete for frequencies and be able to expand the coverage of services in their localities.