Mexico's secondary telecoms reforms delayed until at least February 2014

10 Dec 2013

With Mexico’s congress having failed to meet a self-imposed deadline for finalising secondary laws that would underpin notable legislative changes made earlier this year, the process of implementing such legislation is now expected to take until at least February 2014, according to BNamericas. Lawmakers had aimed to implement the secondary reforms within 180 days of the signing into law of legislation designed to enhance competition in the Mexican telecoms sector; as previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, June 2013 saw Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto ratify the first round of reforms. It is understood that the timeframe for examining the secondary legislation proved insufficient, in part given the complexities of the matter, while Gerardo Flores, secretary of the congressional communications committee, was cited as saying: ‘It is a fact that the secondary laws are going to be discussed until February 2014, because currently there is political fatigue due to the discussion of the legislative agenda.’ Further, Flores noted that, while congress had received a number of proposals with regard to the secondary laws, the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) had yet to submit its proposals, a fact which also contributed to the delay.