Deadline for mobile registration unlikely to be extended?

8 Apr 2010

The Mexican government may now not extend the deadline for the registration of mobile subscribers, falling in line with reports last month which saw the Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) claim no such extension would take place. According to Bloomberg, citing Senate communications committee member Rogelio Rudea, eight of the 14 members of the committee are expected to block a proposal that would see the last date for subscriber registration pushed back by a year from the existing 10 April deadline, with members of both the National Action Party and the Party of the Democratic Revolution having agreed to vote against the postponement. It is believed that around 65% of Mexico’s mobile subscribers have registered their details, leading Canek Vazquez, author of the proposal, to contend that if the deadline is not pushed back network operators including Telcel and Telefonica Moviles Mexico will lose revenue from as many as 30 million customers.

Meanwhile, a federal judge dismissed a legal challenge against the legislation by Telcel’s parent company, America Movil, on 6 April; under existing laws companies in Mexico are permitted to call on courts to delay government regulations by claiming the introduction of the new legislation could infringe its rights. It is understood that the Latin American telecoms giant has ten days in which to challenge the ruling, according to local news source Reforma.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the legislation requiring all mobile subscribers to register their details was introduced in April 2009, stating that those subscribers that failed to register within a year would have their service cut off. The government has said that the law is aimed at preventing criminals from using mobile phones in extortion and kidnapping schemes.