Cofetel gets tough on illegal DLD operators

28 Jun 2005

Mexican industry watchdog Cofetel has begun applying penalties against 40 companies it says have been offering domestic long-distance telephony services without the requisite licence. The regulator says that some illegal outfits have already shut down, but that it was taking a tough line on operators which continued to sell VoIP illegally, typically offering discounts of 60% compared to services provided by bona fide operators. According to Cofetel president Jorge Arredondo, the penalties could include ‘administrative sanctions’ or the threat of having their equipment seized and their operations shut down. BNamericas says that the list of companies involved could include ISPs Todito and Esmas, e-tailer Mercado Libre, telephone accessories outfit Protectolada, and US-based Vonage.