Mexican telecom watchdog revises TV networks tender program

Mexican telecom watchdog revises TV networks tender program
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Last January 30, 2014, Mexican telecom watchdog, IFT, revised the tender program for 2 national digital-TV networks. The new program revised 8 locations based on comments from interested parties.

The revisions are for coordinates in: a) location 123, channel 42 (638-644 MHz) in Toluca, b) location 124, channel 47 (668-674 MHz) in Toluca, c) location 137, channel 23 (524-530 MHz) in Cuernavaca, and d) location 138, channel 24 (530-536 MHz) in Cuenavaca.

The revisions are for channels in: a) location 143, channel 15 (476-482 MHz) in Agualeguas, b) location 195, channel 18 (494-500 MHz) in Agua Prieta and Cananea, c) location 196, channel 15 (476-482 MHz) in Agua Prieta y Cananea, and d) location 221, channel 20 (506-512 MHz) in San Fernando.

The call is expected to be published by March 9 2014, on the same deadline when IFT must determine whether Televisa is “preponderant” player in the TV market (50% of more of the TV market). A process that has already started, as confirmed by Televisa and IFT. As a consequence, IFT could apply asymmetric regulation to Televisa, or force de-investing.

What other conditions precedent should IFT meet before launching the call? Can IFT pitch TV market to investors?

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