Cofetel, Mexico’s telecommunications regulator, has established connection fees between dominant fixed line operator Telmex and two of its smaller rivals after the operators failed to reach an agreement, according to the Dow Jones. Cofetel has set the interconnection rate between Telmex and Alestra at USD0.0080 per call, whilst calls between the incumbent and Grupo de Telecomunicaciones will cost USD0.0105 per call. The regulator claims the measures will boost competition and lower calling prices in areas of the country that are served by only one operator.
In related news, BNamericas is also reporting that, following the replacement of two commissioners at The Communications and Transport Ministry (SCT), Cofetel is set to renew its focus on 3G and WiMAX auctions. The SCT approved plans for auctions for both 3G and WiMAX spectrum in October 2007, but the process was delayed amidst concerns that some members of the commission had links to operators which might benefit from the auctions. Bidding rules and reference terms for both auctions have yet to be published, but is understood that the regulator is hoping to hold the auctions simultaneously. Cofetel commissioner Jose Luis Peralta has also reiterated that the regulator is still in the process of drawing up regulations to introduce a single multi-service concession licence.