Operators agree to adopt CPP

13 Oct 2006

Regulator Cofetel has announced in a statement that Telmex has agreed terms with the country’s mobile operators that will see it adopt a calling party pays (CPP) policy for domestic long-distance calls. The new system, which will use the USD0.14 per minute domestic long-distance fixed to mobile call termination rate agreed last month, will be launched on 4 November. BNamericas reveals that long-distance operators Avantel, Axtel, Maxcom and Alestra want to opt out of the program and have secured temporary injunctions removing their obligation to adopt the policy.

In separate but related news, a federal court has ruled in favour of a lawsuit filed by Telmex in 1998 folowing a declaration from anti-monopoly agency CFC that the telco was a dominant provider in the sectors of local telephony, domestic long-distance, international, network access and domestic carrier services. The judge ruled that the CFC’s original declaration lacked sufficient evidence. Telmex may yet be subject to tighter control, however, if the authorities rule that the company’s concession contract must be modified as a condition for being allowed to provide triple-play services.