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The US regulator proposes rules for satellites to use mobile terrestrial spectrum
24 March 23 Carolina Limbatto

The United States telecoms regulator, FCC, proposed a new rulemaking that would allow satellite operators to use mobile terrestrial spectrum. The proposal would allow satellite operators and mobile network operators (MNOs) to work together to deliver seamless end-user connectivity. The FCC also asks for comments on modification to its leasing rules.

Mexico changes its 2023 frequency band programme
06 March 23 Jose Jehuda Garcia

The Mexican telecommunications regulator, IFT, approved several changes to its 2023 frequency allocation plan (Annual Frequency Band Use Program, PABF), including new spectrum for commercial wireless services which is immediately available for either auction or direct assignment.

Mexico opens lower part of the 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi
02 March 23 Carolina Limbatto

The Mexican telecoms regulator approved power limits and conditions for the unlicensed use of the 5925–6425 MHz frequency band (the lower 6 GHz band). The decision allows the use for low-power indoor and very-low-power applications.

Mexico consults on forthcoming spectrum award
02 March 23 Alexandra Contreras Flores

Mexican telecommunications regulator, IFT, is consulting, until 17 March 2023, on the conditions and proposals before the design of the tender rules for the forthcoming 5G spectrum auction. The auction is planned to be held in 2023. IFT announced that there are about 330 MHz of spectrum available to be awarded, including several bands low and mid–range bands.

FCC adopts new rules for the 4.9 GHz band
27 February 23 Carolina Limbatto

The United States telecoms regulator, FCC, adopted new rules for the 4.9 GHz band allowing its use for other services than public safety, including 5G services. The FCC introduced a new role of a band manager to coordinate the users of the band and is seeking comments on how to implement this new model.

Mexico: AT&T returns spectrum in the 1900 MHz band and joins Telcel in renewing licences
27 February 23 Jose Jehuda Garcia

Mexican wireless operator AT&T returned AWS spectrum to the state and joined competitor Telcel in renewing 850 MHz spectrum licences.

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