Cofetel releases available frequencies for upcoming TV auctions

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia ©RapidTVNews | 13-06-2012

Mexico's telecom regulator, Cofetel, has published further details on the upcoming television frequency auction it is planning in order to facilitate the creation of two new national channels in that nation.
In total, 306 digital frequencies will be unlocked and put up for auction. In addition, interested parties have 30 days to request any additional capacity not on the list.

It is not yet know whether Televisa and TV Azteca, which together claim 95 percent of the country's broadcast television market and 50% of the cable market, will be able to participate in the auction. Also waiting in the wings is billionaire Carlos Slim, whose America Movil dominates the fixed-line telco and mobile phone market. Regulators have so far banned the company, which has 14 million cable and satellite customers across other parts of Latin America, from the TV marketr.

Cofetel and Cofeco, the competition regulator, will soon publish rules for the auction and guidelines for participation. The finance ministry will set a minimum price to start the bidding.