Mexico, mobile network

SCT says Rivada-led consortium failed to pay MXN 1 billion bid bond in time.
Mexico late last week disqualified one of two consortia bidding to build the country’s nationwide wholesale mobile network.

In a statement on Friday, the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) said the group led by Rivada Networks failed to provide financial guarantees when it submitted its bid.

The winner of the tender will be granted cheap access to spectrum in the 700-MHz band and a 20-year public private partnership to build out and operate an LTE network that covers at least 85% of the population. Mobile operators and MVNOs will then be able to rent capacity on that network.

The only group now still in the running to build the network is Altan. The SCT said it has evaluated Altan’s technical bid and found that the group has the requisite legal, administrative, management and technical capabilities.

The SCT will now examine the financial credentials of Altan’s bid; if they satisfy the government’s terms and conditions, then all that will be left will be to ensure that Altan’s proposal will meet the minimum coverage requirement.

If all the right boxes are ticked, the winner of the tender process will be announced on 17 November, the SCT said.
Mexico, mobile network