Cofemer approves Cofetel interconnection proposals

29 Jan 2009

BNamericas, citing a source at Mexican telecoms regulator Cofetel, is reporting that the anti-trust commission Cofemer has approved controversial new interconnection regulations. It is understood that Cofetel plans to formally announce the approval next week. The objective of the new legislation was to establish regulatory conditions for interconnection and interoperability agreements between telcos. However, more than 25 companies, including Alcatel-Lucent, Nortel and NEC, have followed incumbent Telmex’s lead in criticising the new framework, which obliges all operators to unbundle their networks for use by third parties. The core argument against the proposals is that they could discourage investment in the country’s telecoms sector. Cofetel has countered that its plans are simply to ensure that all operators have access to the same content and applications without discrimination. Telmex had announced it had set aside USD1 billion for investment in Mexico in 2009, but it has claimed it may freeze investment if the new regulations are introduced.