Mexican senate ignores calls for mobile registration delay

9 Apr 2010

The Mexican Senate has, as predicted earlier this week, rejected a bill calling for an extension to the deadline for the registration of mobile phone numbers, Dow Jones Newswires reports. Having declined to act on the bill by mid-week, with the full Senate ending its final session of the week yesterday the final date for customers to provide their details remains set as 10 April 2010, with those failing to register set to have their service disconnected. Mexico’s mobile operators had pressed for a delay, with all expected to see a significant drop in revenue as a large number of subscribers have yet to provide their details, despite a prominent media campaign; as of 8 April the Comision Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Cofetel) said that 54.7 million of the country’s 83 million mobile users had provided data for the National Registry of Mobile Phone Users (Renaut).

It is understood that all four Mexican cellcos – Telcel, Telefonica Moviles Mexico, Iusacell and Nextel de Mexico – will be required to cancel all lines that remain unregistered after Saturday. Reports however claim that Cofetel is seeking a way to avoid the definitive suspension of connections which would allow users to register after the deadline and have their service restored.