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Mexico clears 600 MHz band in claimed world first

The Federal Institute of Telecommunications (Ifetel) in Mexico has authorised the last frequency changes of two digital terrestrial television stations operating in the 600 MHz band, which completes the release of the band, reports Vallarta Daily. Mexico is said to be the first country to this, and it opens the possibility of obtaining a second digital dividend in the country. “During the last three years, Ifetel carried out various operations to optimise the use of the spectrum attributed to the broadcasting sector, specifically for television channels in the 600 MHz band, in order to use the frequencies in this band for telephony services and access to the mobile internet. More than 200 television channels, which operated in different cities of the country in the 600 MHz band, were relocated through various resolutions approved by a plenary session in 2015, with the last two being approved on 3 October.” In line with the provisions of the National Radio Spectrum programme 2017/18, published by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation in September 2017, and the work programme to reorganise the spectrum for radio and television stations, issued by Ifetel in December 2014, the plenary agreed to approve the requested changes so that the channels are now located in other frequencies, corresponding to channels 17 and 19. The process of releasing the 600 MHz band is the second digital dividend achieved by Mexico – the first was derived from the analogue blackout. Read more

  • Tuesday, 23 October 2018

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