Mexico’s Comision Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Cofetel) has reportedly published specific obligations aimed at those telecoms operators deemed as holding significant market power (SMP) in a number of domestic markets. According to BNamericas, which cites local press reports, the telecoms watchdog has set out measures which establish a number of general rules regarding rates, service quality and information for licensees operating in the wholesale markets for dedicated links, national and international long-distance (NLD and ILD) and interconnection services. It is understood that the regulatory proposals are primarily aimed at promoting fair competition, while preventing SMP operators from hindering other would-be players in their respective sectors. The new regulations also seek to ensure a minimum quality for all services provided by concessionaries of public telecommunications networks.
Those operators designated as holding SMP have been given until 15 July 2012 to submit a reference proposal to Cofetel on their dedicated links offering, including conditions such as service features, prices, quality standards, penalties and delivery procedures. Subject to approval the reference offer will be valid for one year, with licensees then required to submit a new offer by 15 July 2013 and each year thereafter.