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The company HNS from Mexico SA de CV, winner in 2019 of a national block of spectrum in the 2 Gigahertz (GHz) band after a consideration of 150 million pesos, obtained an extension of time to have its telecommunications network in operation, in the so-called segment of the terrestrial complements of satellite services.

HNS requested a one-year grace period Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) to comply with its obligations written in the concession title, after the appearance of the coronavirus pandemic affected supply chains, document processing times and other processes before the authorities, and to also have space to make the necessary technological adaptations that allow it to exploit its telecommunications network.

“We have been carrying out the necessary work for the start of operations of the concession. With the highest relevance, the satellite is already in space and is working correctly. We have also carried out preliminary team design work for the complementary ground component and have started discussions with potential manufacturers (…) Things were moving in the right direction, but unfortunately, it is our wish to report that temporary adverse effects that has caused the Covid-19 Since the beginning of 2020, it has had a significant impact on the vast majority of activities related to the services derived from our frequency concession,” HNS argued. IFT.

“Some examples of the effects are the availability and development of equipment, the impact of travel restrictions, several businesses have reduced their activity and have even closed and the behavior of the market is irregular, among others (…) For this reason, we went to request an extension of the term for compliance with the obligation to start operations. The extension of one year is requested, which is equivalent to half of the term originally planned. This term will give us enough time to fulfill our obligations.”

The authority recognized the adversities suffered by the operators and then agreed to modify condition number ten of the HNS concession title, which set December 6, 2021 as the deadline for that company to be providing its services in the country. December 6 is now the new definitive deadline.

In its reasoning to authorize HNS’s request, the IFT regulator said that the extension of the period for starting operations does not present a legal impediment and will not generate adverse effects on the market and will not favor this company for achieving one more year to plan strategies and go to market.

Nor “would it affect competition in the provision of mobile services by satellite through the provision of complementary terrestrial service,” assured the IFT.

The frequencies obtained by HNS were the result of a public bidding process identified as the IFT-9, of the year 2019.

In that year, companies Omnispace Mexico Y HNS from Mexico each managed to acquire a national block of 20 MHz spectrum for the provision of terrestrial complementary services of the mobile-satellite service. The companies bid and paid separately 150 million pesos for each block.

HNS de México, SA de CV operates the 2010-2020 / 2180-2190 MHz band.

The concessions obtained cover the two companies to deploy services that allow the transmission of signs, signals, writings, images, voice, sounds or information of any nature.

Later in time it was also known that the IFT had delivered these frequency bands to those two private companies to exploit them in commercial services, when they had not decided whether to deny or deliver the same band to the Government of Mexico City to use them in their strategies to combat insecurity.

But neither is the Secretariat of Citizen Security of Mexico City He did not follow up or rethink the requests about that band and then this plot became an anecdote.

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