On October 20, 2015, the Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, “IFT” for its acronym in Spanish), published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (“DOF” for its acronym in Spanish), the Resolution approving the National Frequency Allocation Table (“CNAF” for its acronym in Spanish) replacing the CNAF published in the DOF on February 28, 2012.

As part of the authorities of the IFT, the IFT has the obligation to draft, publish and keep up to date the CNAF, in order to have a proper planning and administration of the Mexican radio spectrum and guarantee its effective and efficient use, according to the needs and purposes of wireless communication in Mexico.

The CNAF indicates which telecommunication service or services are allocated to each frequency band of the radio spectrum, as well as additional information on the use and planning of certain frequency bands. The CNAF consists of four parts: (i) introduction; (ii) allocation table; (iii) national notes; and (iv) acronyms. The allocation of services in the CNAF is performed in the frequency bands from 8.3 kHz to 275 GHz of the radio spectrum.

This new CNAF considers modifications of category and removal of services, as well as addition of services in the respective frequency bands. It is important to mention that the allocation of services in the new CNAF does not imply retroactive consequences to the concessionaires in connection with the frequency bands currently held through a concession title.