Mexico’s Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) has submitted its much delayed triple-play convergence bill to the federal regulatory improvement commission (Comisión Federal de Mejora Regulatoria – Cofemer) for approval, according to BNamericas quoting local press reports. If approved the new law would allow cable TV providers to offer telephony, and telcos to offer broadcast services, for the first time. Cofemer has 30 days to prepare its preliminary response and any suggested corrections to the bill, after which the SCT will have five days to resubmit its final proposals.
In 2003 the SCT expanded the provisions of the country’s CATV providers’ licences to enable them to provide two-way data transmission, and the following year it began licensing cable operators to provide signal-transmission services to local fixed line operators, as well as data and broadband internet services to the general public. However, the entry of CATV operators into the telephony market has been delayed by restrictions ensuring they can currently only provide local and long-distance services via lines leased from traditional telecoms operators.