Mexico’s state power company Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) has signed twelve carrier-of-carriers contracts for telecommunications transport over its fibre-optic network since inking its first deal with Axtel in December 2007, BNamericas is reporting. By April 2008 CFE had signed agreements with Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica and Alestra, a partnership between Alfa and AT&T, and presently the state-run electricity company has contracts that include 300 connections in 31 states. Other customers include the Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT), Protel, B-Tel, Marcatel and Iusatel.
In April 2008 CFE director general Alfredo Elias Ayub claimed that the company’s fibre-optic renting venture was likely to ‘grow a lot’, although he stated it expected no more than USD100 million in annual revenues from agreements in this area. CFE also announced in April 2008 that it would begin tests of power line communications (PLC) in late 2008, starting with a trial in the northern industrial city of Ciudad Juarez; no further developments have been reported.