Per-second billing adopted; Telcel, Avantel ensure LD connectivity

22 Jun 2011

Mexican alternative telephony provider Avantel, a subsidiary of domestic telecoms group Axtel, has signed a long-distance (LD) interconnection agreement with Telcel, the local mobile unit of America Movil (AM), ensuring that the quality of calls between the two operators is on a par with other providers’ services. BNamericas reports that the agreement allows LD calls to be made from Avantel or Axtel numbers to any other mobile operator including Telcel by dialing the prefix 045 plus the ten-digit national number. The deal puts an end to a five-year legal action launched by Axtel against AM to gain parity with other operators’ interconnected services, although a separate dispute continues over the network interconnection rates AM charges Axtel.

In other Mexican news, all fixed and mobile operators will soon be legally obliged to adopt per-second call billing as the government has amended the Federal Telecommunications Law to introduce the system, which will enter into force once it is approved by the Plenary Assembly of the Chamber of Deputies, according to local newspaper El Universal.

Mexico, Axtel, Radiomovil Dipsa (Telcel)