Report Updates Mexican Border 800 MHz Rebanding Progress
Thursday, March 14, 2019 | Comments

800 MHz reconfiguration on the Mexican border continues with all of the 127 frequency reconfiguration agreements (FRAs) anticipated for Mexican border licensees negotiated and submitted to the Transition Administrator (TA). Three National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) regions — one in California and two in Texas — are still clearing channels, according to the TA’s quarterly report for end-2018 submitted March 1 to the FCC.

Mexican border licensees retuned, reflashed or replaced about 2,600 radios (first touches) in the fourth quarter of 2018, raising the total number complete to about 253,000 radios as of Dec. 31. During the fourth quarter of 2018, 12 Mexican border licensees completed their physical retunes. As of end-2018, Mexican border licensees in 109 FRAs, including 64 FRAs for public-safety licensees and 45 FRAs for non-public-safety licensees, completed their physical retunes and transitioned to their new channels.

The percentage of Mexican border FRAs with physical retuning complete increased from 60 percent at end-2017 to 88 percent as of end-2018. All of the licensees in NPSPAC Region 3 Arizona completed physical reconfiguration activities. The last remaining licensees in NPSPAC Region 29 New Mexico completed physical reconfiguration activities during the fourth quarter of 2018.

All border-area licensees in Mexico cleared their frequencies by end-September 2018. There were unlicensed operations in Mexico that blocked two U.S. licensees as of Dec. 31. The report said the FCC and government of Mexico are aware of these operations and are working to clear them to remove any remaining blocks to completing rebanding.

Physical retuning was complete for 100 percent of FRAs for non-border Stage 2 licensees as of October 2017. All Canadian border Stage 1 (non-public-safety) and Stage 2 (public-safety) licensees completed their physical retunes and transitioned to their new channels.

In November, the TA certified that band reconfiguration is complete in the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam. As of end-2018, the TA certified that band reconfiguration is complete in a total of 43 NPSPAC regions and three U.S. territories. In February 2019, the TA certified that band reconfiguration is complete in NPSPAC Region 6 California – North.

The full quarterly report is here.

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