SCT expands CFE telecoms concession

22 Jun 2010

Mexico’s Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) has reportedly revised the operating licence of state-owned power company Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), allowing the company to expand the geographic footprint where it can offer telecoms services over its fibre-optic network from 71 cities to 220. According to BNamericas, the updated concession will, in effect, give CFE Mexico’s second largest interurban communications network after fixed line incumbent Telefonos de Mexico (Telmex).

In addition the regulator also announced that it had granted 15 extensions of coverage for alternative public telecommunications network operators, allowing the companies in question to expand their signal coverage to an increased number of municipalities in Veracruz, Tlaxcala, Guanajuato, Mexico state, Michoacan, Puebla, Guerrero, Chihuahua, Oaxaca and Sinaloa. Further, the SCT has also modified concessions in a number of other states, allowing telcos to offer local and public telephony as well as long-distance.