Nextel Mexico wants Iusacell, Telcel and Unefon licences withdrawn

17 Mar 2006

Mobile trunking operator Nextel Mexico has asked Mexican regulator Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Cofetel) to revoke the operating concessions of three mobile operators due to their failure to allow SMS interconnection with its network, according to BNamericas quoting local daily Milenio. In January Cofetel ordered Iusacell, Telcel, Unefon and Telefónica Móviles México to implement the exchange of text messages with Nextel within 60 days, after the latter filed a complaint with the country’s antitrust committee. Telefónica Móviles Mexico was the only company to comply with the order by the 12 March deadline. Telcel, Iusacell and Unefon have argued that they should not be obliged to interconnect with Nextel because it does not operate a traditional GSM or CDMA mobile telephony network.