OECD raises issues with Mexico’s secondary telecom reforms bill

9 Apr 2014

Mexico’s secondary round of telecoms reforms has been criticised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which has said there are ‘serious deficiencies in the current text that must be resolved’. According to BNamericas, which cites local new source El Universal, with the international body having suggested that the bill includes too many small regulatory details and provisions that will become obsolete, it has specifically raised issues regarding what it sees as an excess of interconnection related regulations. Arguing that these could undermine the authority of the new telecoms regulator, the Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Ifetel), the OECD said: ‘Prescribing regulations to the law in detail (which would take decades to amend) introduces an unnecessary rigidness to a sector that is evolving at an accelerated pace, and at the same time creates the risk that the regulation becomes obsolete quickly … We recommend that the senate correct such limitations.’

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in late-March 2014 the secondary legislation that will underpin the Mexican government’s efforts to boost competition in the country’s telecoms sectors was put before Congress. With the bill having now moved on to the upper house, the Senate is expected to debate it at the end of this month.