Dominant Mexican carrier America Movil more than doubled the amount of money spent by U.S.-based wireless carrier AT&T in Mexico’s recent spectrum auction.
According to a release from Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), America Movil subsidiary Radiomóvil Dipsa spent nearly 2.1 billion pesos ($117 million) to AT&T’s 1.03 billion pesos ($57 million).
The money helped Radiomóvil secure two swaths of spectrum each in the AWS-1 and AWS-3 bands, namely the airwaves from 1710-1730 MHz and 2110-2130 MHz in the AWS-1 Band and 1760-1780 MHz and 2160-2180 MHz in the AWS-3 band. AT&T, by contrast, left the auction with two swaths in the AWS-1 band, including the chunks from 1730-1755 MHz and 2130-2155 MHz.
The AWS-3 bands from 1755-1760 MHz and 2155-2160 MHz were left unassigned at the close of the auction, the IFT said.
As a result of the auction, the IFT said both operators will have access to more contiguous spectrum to provide “better mobile services, better prices and a greater speed in the transmission of data for end users.”
The IFT said Radiomóvil and AT&T have 30 days to make their payments.
AT&T’s participation in the auction came as part of the carrier’s effort to expand its wireless coverage south of the border following its acquisition of Iusacell and Nextel Mexico.
Filed Under: Telecommunications (Spectrum)