Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute has issued technical provision IFT-011-2017, which affects
- 1. Mobile Terminal Equipment (Cell Phones and Tables) that can make use of the radio spectrum or be connected to telecommunication networks.
- 2. Mobile Terminal Equipment operating in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz and / or 2500 MHz bands.
A cell phone or tablet’s IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identifier) must be provided to IFETEL by the certification body prior to IFETEL issuing a Certificate of Compliance (or its update). The IMEI database of Approved Mobile Terminal Equipment will form a registry, which will be used to determine if the device has been reported stolen or lost. This registry may be accessed by the certification bodies and dealers at the Institute’s Internet Portal.
What’s more, the provision IFT-011-2017 requires manufacturers to unlock “FM” Functionality of the approved Mobile Terminal Equipment in order to allow consumers free access to the “FM” sound broadcasting service. This standard will remove restrictions limiting mobile phone “FM” operations, and will allow end users to access information without having to pay for additional data.