SCT hands over proposals for secondary telecoms reforms

22 Nov 2013

Mexico’s Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) is said to have delivered its proposals for the secondary legislation that will underpin the major telecoms reform passed earlier this year. According to BNamericas, citing local new source El Financiero, SCT minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza confirmed the development, saying: ‘Our contribution has been made, it is a limited contribution because [the laws] have to go through the Pact for Mexico, and there has to be a consensus among congressmen, but we’ve done our bit.’

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June 2013 Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed into law legislation designed to enhance competition in the Mexican telecoms sector, as part of which a new regulatory agency, Ifetel, was created. As per the regulatory revisions, secondary laws are due to be approved by 9 December, though earlier this month Juan Pablo Adame, president of the digital agenda congressional committee, claimed that the deadline was unrealistic. ‘I’d prefer to have a good law that is debated thoroughly and that could be voted on in February than to rush it … Our commitment first and foremost is to open it up [to debate] to the public rather than meet deadlines, draw up a law by listening to all of the sectors,’ Mr Adame said.