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Rivada not giving up on Mexico shared network bid 

Company insists its bid is 'significantly better' to tender winner Altan's.
Rivada Networks has pledged to continue fighting its disqualification from Mexico's shared mobile network tender, saying that its bid is significantly better than the Altan consortium's.
The Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) last week awarded a 20-year licence to build and operate a nationwide wholesale network to Altan, which is led by funds owned by Morgan Stanley, the World Bank, and Spanish businessman Eugenio Galdon.
Altan has pledged to deploy a network covering 92.2% of the population, surpassing the 85% minimum coverage target specified in the tender. The network is due to begin commercial operations no later than 31 March 2018, and will cover 30% of the population at launch.
However, in the end, Altan was the sole bidder for the contract, after Rivada was disqualified for failing to provide financial guarantees when it submitted its bid.
At the time, Rivada insisted that it complied with every requirement of the tender, and said it will challenge its disqualification in court.
A spokesman for Rivada said in an email to Total Telecom late last week that the SCT's decision to award the contract to Altan is not the end of the story.
"Our bid, which the government refused to open, was significantly better for the people of Mexico and competition in the Mexican wireless market," he said.
"We continue to fight to ensure that our solution for Mexico is given fair consideration."

Source: Total Telecom