Switched off: Telmex denied pay-TV entry

31 May 2011

Mexican fixed line incumbent Telefonos de Mexico (Telmex) has seen its request to offer television services rejected, having been told that it does not meet federal requirements for connecting other carriers to its network efficiently by the country’s telecoms regulator. According to the Associated Press, the Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) also noted that Telmex, which is controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, had failed to provide enough information for the government’s consideration of the matter.

The ruling comes just a couple of weeks after CommsUpdate reported that long-delayed efforts by Telmex to enter the pay-TV sector appeared to have moved one step forward, after the telco announced that a federal court had ruled that the SCT must make a decision on its request to offer such services. Telmex has previously been prohibited from entering the pay-TV market amid concerns over competition, with Carlos Slim also owning the country’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, Telcel. The regulator was given 15 days to issue its decision.

Unsurprisingly perhaps Telmex has expressed its unhappiness with the decision, with spokesman Renator Flores noting: ‘We don’t agree with the decision made by authorities … We think it does not meet with what the court ordered.’ The spokesman also confirmed that Telmex will appeal the decision in court.