Ifetel confirms LLU implementation is underway

23 Dec 2013

The Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Ifetel), the new telecoms regulator created as part of Mexico’s wide-ranging telecoms reforms approved in April 2013, has revealed that the process of opening up the network belonging to dominant fixed line operator Telefonos de Mexico (Telmex) is underway. According to Reuters, in the Ifetel’s first quarterly report it confirmed that it had started preparations for the introduction of local loop unbundling (LLU), with a view to ensuring that alternative operators can access the last mile of Telmex’s network.

As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Mexico is one of the few OECD countries yet to mandate full LLU, though the reforms enacted in early 2013 looked set to change the situation, with the new legislation requiring that the Ifetel should impose LLU requirements on dominant operators within 180 days of the appointment of all of its commissioners.

Meanwhile, although the legislative reforms give the Ifetel the power to break up companies with a view to bolstering competition, the regulator’s head Gabriel Contreras was cited as saying that such powers would only be used as a last resort.