Mexico’s Comision Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Cofetel) has reportedly approved a draft plan on new regulations for mobile interconnection rates, BNamericas reports. It is understood that the proposals will now be sent to Comision Federal de Mejora Regulatoria (Cofemer), the federal regulatory improvement commission for comments. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in April 2012 the regulator revealed that it was planning to launch a public consultation regarding the proposed cost model for defining fixed and mobile interconnection rates. The decision to launch the consultation, Cofetel noted, was prompted in part by a need to strengthen the transparency of the decision-making process, while also ensuring the legal certainty of any decisions that are made, with regard to the determination of interconnection rates. The public consultation accepted submissions and comments up until 1 June 2012.
In separate but related news, BNamericas also reported that Cofetel has proposed sanctions against four telecoms providers – Telmex, Cablevision, Axtel and Telcel – for failing to comply with a number of different elements of the country’s telecoms legislation. Telmex is thought to be facing a fine for failing to provide the regulator with data regarding its service, while its mobile voice sister company Telcel, along with cableco Cablevision and alternative fixed line operator Axtel, are believed to be facing sanctions for alleged irregularities in the manner in which they reported rates for their respective services to Cofetel.