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Mexican Agency Seeks Interested Parties For Backbone Network Project

Author:Mr Antonio Casares Carrillo, Lilia Euridice Palma Salas and Jorge Aviles-Cerezo
Profession:Holland & Knight
 
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Antonio Casares Carrillo is a Partner and Lilia Euridice Palma Salas and Jorge Aviles-Cerezo are Associates in the Mexico City office.

Telecomm, a Mexican government agency, issued an international Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) on May 12, 2017, for parties seeking to participate in the Backbone Network Project (Red Troncal).

Background

Telecomm is a governmental entity reporting to Mexico's Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT). Telecomm has been appointed by the recent Constitutional Reform and the new Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law to build a robust national fiber-optic backbone network by 1) leveraging on existing infrastructure from Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), the country's electric utility organization, 2) having access to indefeasible rights of use to a pair of dark fiber-optic strands along the CFE's fiber-optic network and 3) having access to use related passive infrastructure of CFE.

The Red Troncal is a project in which Telecomm has attributions to plan, design and execute the construction and growth of a high-capacity, fiber-optic, national data transport network. The project's goal is to 1) support the development of broadband telecommunications services to regional concessionaires and licensed resellers which require high-capacity and long-distance data transport services to provide a wider assortment of broadband-access services, 2) promote competition in locations served by only one fiber-optic operator and 3) promote services in locations that are unserved.

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