Mexico names muni broadband contract winners

Mexico's Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) on Thursday announced that Iusacell, Telmex, and Bestel won bids for 40 municipal broadband contracts.

These contracts were designed to help improve access to telecom services with a particular focus on the education, research, healthcare and government segments.

Overall, the total capacity of these contracts will be 400G, and a number of the 1,139 sites, including state universities and airports may get speeds of up to 10G.

Three service providers—Iuasacell, Telmex and Bestel—won the 40 contracts.

Iusacell, which made a MXN 643.99 million (USD 38.27 million) bid, won 37 of the 40 contracts. Telmex paid MXN 20.08 million (USD 1.51 million) for two municipalities (Ciudad Obregon and Nogales), while Bestel paid MXN 20 million (USD 1.51 million) for one municipality (Mexicali), respectively.

An earlier initiative allowed winning bidders to leverage two fiber lines from state-owned utility Comision Federal de Electricidad in addition to inviting parties to bid on leases for fiber lines that run along the federal highway network.

For more:
- TeleGeography has this article

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