MEXICO CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rivada Networks states it will continue its efforts to maintain the constitutional principles and the huge benefits underlying the Red Compartida (shared network) project, which is particularly intended to benefit Mexicans who have fewer opportunities.
The main aim of the Red Compartida project is to increase population coverage by telecommunications services. However, the bid accepted by the SCT (Secretariat of Communications and Transportation) in the tender procedure (which in the event was downgraded to a direct award) does nothing to increase coverage. On the other hand, the current operators have achieved rates of population coverage close to 92% without receiving the economic benefits deriving from this allocation of radio spectrum, which is being made practically free of charge, or from the unprecedented drop in the annual fees charged for using, developing and exploiting frequency bands in that spectrum.
The key justification for these preferential conditions for the deployment of a new wholesale network is, precisely, services coverage for Mexicans who currently do not receive mobile telecommunications services.
Therefore, the reduced population coverage accepted by the SCT is in breach of the constitutional mandate of universal coverage, and runs counter to the project's aim.
The coverage bid made by Rivada Networks is far better, and includes major benefits for the country as a whole: more investment, greater coverage and several million Mexicans assisted through the universal digital inclusion policy. These benefits could have been achieved simply through an assessment of the two bids, instead of the illegal and purely procedural disqualification of Rivada Networks, in breach of the principles and provisions of the Law on Public-Private Partnerships.
Rivada Networks is confident that its arguments will be analyzed independently and responsibly by the country's federal courts.
About Rivada Networks
Rivada Networks is a leading designer, integrator and operator of wireless, interoperable communications networks. Rivada’s technology, Dynamic Spectrum Arbitrage-Tiered Priority Access (DSATPA), allows wireless broadband capacity to be dynamically bought and sold in a fully competitive on demand process to competing commercial entities. DSATPA is a game changer for the way in which spectrum is consumed, maximizing the efficiency of radio spectrum bandwidth and unlocking the potential for more extensive, higher capacity broadband networks.