A little less than 48 hours after the deadline for convening the Mexican government to potentially interested in participating in the bidding for spectrum, there is much expectation among traders that are already on the market, and as soon you can register a seed planted in China and India, where some investors may come to participate in this new stage of opening the national telecommunications market.
Although no firm commitment, the major operators in these countries already have information on the telecommunications market in Mexico, the institutional framework, the procurement program of the spectrum and the Fundamental Technical Plan of Interconnection and Interoperability (PTFI) .
And Gonzalo Martínez Pous, commissioner of the Federal Telecommunications Commission (Cofetel), conducted a road show in China and India to promote the national telecommunications market and in particular the upcoming radio spectrum auction.
The official made a presentation to detail to the largest players in those countries. In China introduced him to the three largest operators in the nation. One based in Hong Kong and the other two based in Beijing. Are mobile operators and sets the world’s largest with 550 million fixed and mobile users. Of these operators, one has a registered capital of 7,600 billion and assets of 58.900 million. The other, has assets of $ 92.970 million and revenue of 32.350 billion. In India made the presentation to five operators. They are all heavyweights in the telecommunications business. One of them with 450 million mobile users. In India, for a good-sized operator must have more than 100 million users. As data for contrast, in Mexico there are about 80 million subscribers among all operators.
Operators in India, among which promoted the market-boast the world’s lowest rates for users. Its interconnection rates are very low: equivalent to 10 cents per minute and an infrastructure sharing system (based on towers) very efficiently between all operators.
The funny thing is that for these operators in China and India, is the first time they have contact with high-level Mexican officials to obtain information from the local market. All said they never before had sought some Mexican government agency for telecommunications issues, except for what makes people ProMéxico.
To put it more clearly, they had no contact with either the Federal Telecommunications Commission (Cofetel), nor with the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT).
Now, with the visit of the Commissioner of Cofetel, could see the potential of the domestic telecom market, to eventually invest in it.
Other than interest, the official was also able to register the concerns of Chinese and Indian traders, which can be summarized in four points: 1. The high value of spectrum in Mexico, 2. The development of emerging technology for 1.7 GHz band, 3. The lack of a mechanism to share infrastructure and 4.
The regulation of interconnection at an early stage of implementation: The plan (PTFI) was published in February this year.
In the case of Indian operators, take note that the spectrum auction process by the regulator in this country will be held in December this year.
All players showed great interest in the new tender for broadband in the range of 3.4-3.7 GHz (WiMax).
Alike said that they would all pending processes and to assess their possible involvement in them.
Martínez Pous commissioner traveled to China and India invited by ProMéxico, Bruno Ferrari.
The trade mission was coordinated by ProMéxico, in particular by the office which leads the Asian market, in Hong Kong by Fragoso Cesar Lopez, Consul Trade Commission, in China (Beijing) by Ari Ben Saks Gonzalez, Consul Trade Commission, and in New Delhi and Mumbai, by Aldo Ruiz, Investment and Trade Commission.
The good news is that Mexico was represented and disseminated information important for attracting Chinese and Indian investments.
The bad news is that there is only one national and gone no more than a delegation organized and coordinated numerous.