Telmex claims cablecos have taken 50% of voice market

18 Jun 2007

Telmex claims it has lost more than 50% of the voice market in areas where cable companies have rolled out triple-play services, writes BNamericas citing local press reports. Telmex is urging the government to speed up the process of modifying its licence to allow it to enter the pay TV market to compensate for the losses.

Last October the telecommunications ministry SCT published the so-called convergence agreement allowing cable companies to offer voice telephony services over their own networks. However, SCT made it a condition of Telmex’s entry into the pay TV market that the incumbent first implement number portability and sign interconnection agreements with cable operators. According to a Telmex spokesperson Telmex has already signed interconnection agreements with Cablemás, which is the only company to have widespread voice services in Mexico. Telmex also has content agreements with broadcasters lined up for television, the executive said. Last week telecoms regulator Cofetel published the final draft of the resolution on number portability in the country’s official gazette, Diario Oficial. Cofetel now has 165 days to ensure number portability is implemented for both fixed and mobile telephony. The final version of the regulations maintains that the operators must shoulder the cost of implementing the necessary equipment to put number portability in place.