Regulatory review commission backs triple-play bill

20 Jul 2006

Mexico’s regulatory review body, the Comisión Federal de Mejora Regulatoria (Cofemer), has given its full support to plans by the Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Cofetel) to open the country’s fixed line telephony market to cable TV providers as quickly as possible with minimum restrictions, according to Bloomberg. The Commission told the government it should incorporate all recommendations made by Cofetel, including conditions for fixed line incumbent Teléfonos de México (Telmex) to be allowed to offer TV services, Carlos Garcia Fernandez, president of the commission, said. The entry of CATV operators into the telephony market has been delayed by restrictions meaning they can only provide local and long-distance services via lines leased from traditional telecoms operators. In April 2006 the Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) issued draft legislation allowing for the provision of direct voice telephony by cable operators under a new triple-play licensing scheme. The SCT submitted the triple-play convergence bill to Cofemer for approval last month. Following its approval, the SCT is expected to make any final amendments before presenting the bill to parliament. The opening of the telephony and TV markets is part of a 36-point plan unveiled by President Vicente Fox last year to help make Mexican industry more competitive. The president is pushing for the changes to be implemented before his administration ends on 30 November.

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