mining industries Penoles obtained an authorization to exploit 26 Megahertz of spectrum frequencies for the improvement of its daily communication capacities and for rescue workin case of any eventuality in its mines located in the states of Durango, Chihuahua, Sonora and Zacatecas.
The exploitation of frequencies is allowed in all underground mineral extraction operations, but also for use in various related works of Peñoles on land, for which some 5,220 mining workers involved daily in mining work will be the direct beneficiaries of the use of this spectrumpredictably to first strengthen the company’s private radio communication.
Industrias Peñoles, a subsidiary of the bal groupexploits various deposits of gold, zinc, silver, copper, lead, iron and other metallic and non-metallic minerals in those states of the Republic.
The company owns Frenillo, the richest silver mine in the world and also La Ciénaga, the richest underground gold mine in Mexico. Peñoles invoiced 1,470 million dollars in the second quarter of 2022 and its net income fell 61.7% in the quarter, to 75 million dollars, due to lower sales and the 7.7% inflation registered by the Mexican economy in the period.
The authorized spectrum for Peñoles, which is not a concession, but an authorization valid for five years, includes the bandwidth that goes from 148 to 174 Megahertz (MHz) and was granted by the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), at the request of the company, which accredited all the requirements for it.
This stretch of radio spectrum has a technical nature to overcome obstacles on the ground due to its penetration capacity, which is why it is highly valuable for rescue work.
The IFT established a fee of 352,907 Mexican pesos, about 18,000 dollars, for the authorization it gave to Peñoles Tecnología SA de CV, a subsidiary of Industrias Peñoles that requested the exploitation of the spectrum.
The frequency bands may also be used by a total of 32 firms related to this economic group in the same number of locations, between underground and open pit mines, and also in administrative buildings.
The coverage of the band enabled for Peñoles is located in the municipalities of Santiago Papasquiaro, in Durango; in Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua; in Caborca, Sonora, and in Fresnillo, Zacatecas.
“An authorization for the use and exploitation of radioelectric spectrum frequencies is granted in favor of Peñoles Tecnología SA de CV, valid for five years, for a private telecommunications network in facilities dedicated to industrial activities, in the frequency band 148 -174 MHz, with coverage in various sites located in Santiago Papasquiaro, Guadalupe y Calvo, Caborca and Fresnillo (…) Affiliates and subsidiaries that are part of the economic interest group of Peñoles Tecnología may use the frequencies, under the terms and conditions established”, said the IFT in its resolution P/IFT/010622/338.
Among the mines with which Peñoles will radiate its communications from the 148-174 MHz band are La Ciénega, Fresnillo, Herradura, Sabinas, Noche Buena.