Movistar signs interconnection agreement with Nextel

6 Jun 2008

Telefonica-owned Movistar has announced that it has allowed digital trunking operator Nextel de Mexico to interconnect with its networks using the calling party pays (CPP) mechanism. The move follows a filing of a complaint by Nextel last week claiming that Movistar had cut off interconnection for five days after Nextel implemented CPP. In November 2007 the regulator Cofetel gave to country’s mobile operators until that December to interconnect with Nextel, but only Telcel managed to do so. Following the Movistar agreement, Iusacell is now the only operator yet to ink a deal with Nextel.

In separate news, BNamericas has revealed that Mexico’s permanent congressional committee has approved a proposal to investigate whether Francisco Gil Diaz, currently president of Movistar, showed favouritism towards the cellco when he was finance minister during the administration of Vicente Fox.