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UMTS Forum applauds Mexico’s adoption of 700 MHz band for mobile broadband

COFETEL decision to follow the harmonised Asia Pacific Telecommunity band plan will drive 4G LTE smartphone take-up 


9 October 2012: The UMTS Forum has welcomed Mexico’s decision to adopt the harmonised 700 MHz spectrum band plan for mobile broadband promoted by the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT).

The recent decision of Mexican regulator COFETEL to align its spectrum plans with APT follows in the footsteps of Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica. These Latin American countries have now confirmed their decision to allocate the 700 MHz spectrum to mobile broadband, according the APT-700 band plan. Other countries in the region – including Brazil – are yet to confirm their 700MHz band plan for mobile broadband services.

Speaking at Futurecom in Rio de Janeiro this week, UMTS Forum Chairman Jean-Pierre Bienaimé has voiced his support for the regulator’s decisive action:

“Adopting the APT-700 MHz band plan gives Mexico gives a solid foundation to bring mobile broadband to the mass market. It also has the potential to help eliminate the digital divide, promoting social and economic inclusion for Mexico’s society.”

“Building a nationwide LTE network at 700 MHz supports digital inclusion in metropolitan and rural environments alike, allowing operators to offer high-quality mobile coverage to all – even in-building or in remote areas. Spectrum harmonisation also spells cheaper smartphones: and that’s great news for Mexican consumers who are eager to take advantage of attractively-priced mobile broadband.”

“COFETEL’s positive move comes in parallel with positive signs that Africa, the Middle-East and Europe may also align their identification of 700MHz for mobile broadband with part of the APT band plan”, continues Bienaimé. “This growing momentum raises the real possibility of an extremely large footprint for 4G LTE at 700MHz, with synergies spanning these major markets as well as Latin America. This will bring economies of scale, lower network deployment costs and simplified roaming and a wider choice of smartphones for end users.”

UMTS Forum Chairman Jean-Pierre Bienaimé is delivering the keynote address “4G LTE: wholesale business models and MVNO opportunities - Perspectives for Brazil” at Futurecom on Tuesday 9th October (14:40pm, Room Leblon).




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