On 30 September 2015, the Ministry of Communications and Transport (“SCT”) and the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (“IFT”) issued the Preliminary Bidding Rules ("Rules") for choosing the Operator who shall invest in the design, installation, deployment, operation, maintenance and update of the new major Telecom Backbone that will be deployed by the Mexican government. The winning Operator will have the benefit of marketing and reselling the Telecom service. The Rules require participants in the bidding process to submit financial statements covering the last five fiscal years, showing assets of at least $907,833,697.00. The deadline for submissions of suggestions, questions and opinions regarding the Rules is on 30 October 2015. The Authorities will auction off ninety (90) MHz of spectrum nationwide provided by OPRITEL and BackBone dark optic fiber provided by Telecomm. The operator will be elected via the International Call for Tender and shall be tasked to develop the new major Telecom Backbone. Through this ambitious project, Mexico aims to develop public network of telecommunications nationwide to speed up availability and access to broadband services across the country in the next decade.