Cablemas, the second largest cable television operator in Mexico based on number of subscribers and homes passed, has announced that it has signed an interconnection agreement with Telmex covering 21 of the 22 telephony concessions that were granted by the Mexican telecoms regulator, Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes, during the second half of 2006. The 21 cities represent 82% of Cablemas’ TV subscribers. The contract will expire in December 2008. Cablemas currently provides an IP telephony service in Tijuana in association with Axtel and in Cuernavaca with Bestel. The company plans to initiate the roll out of services to new cities during the third quarter of 2007 through its interconnection with Telmex.
At the end of September 2006 Cablemas’ cable network served over 675,695 cable television subscribers, 159,732 high speed internet subscribers, and 20,616 IP telephony lines, with over 1.94 million homes passed.