Telmex argues against anti-monopolies law; triple-play regulation consultation opened

24 Apr 2006

Mexican incumbent Telmex has successfully delayed the approval of a new law aimed at granting greater powers to the anti-monopolies commission CFC, according to BNamericas citing local press reports. On 12 April a bill granting CFC greater sanctioning powers was approved by the lower house’s economic committee. However, Telmex’s lawyers have thus far prevented the legislation reaching the full senate, arguing that the law is unnecessary. The CFC will continue to push for the bill to go to the senate and remains confident of receiving approval this month.

Meanwhile, regulatory agency Cofemer has begun a 30-day public consultation of new regulations allowing cable TV and telephony service providers to offer each other’s services, says BNamericas quoting a statement by the communications ministry SCT. The consultation follows a recommendation from the CFC in October to allow converged triple-play services. The SCT sent the final draft of the regulations to Cofemer last week.

Mexico, Telefonos de Mexico (Telmex)