America Movil’s appeal against dominance ruling rejected by Supreme Court

23 Jun 2014

Mexico’s Supreme Court is said to have refused to hear injunctions put forward by Mexican telecoms giant America Movil and its mobile subsidiary Telcel which seek to challenge telecoms regulator Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Ifetel) ‘preponderant economic agent’ ruling. According to BNamericas, not a single one of the five justices in the court’s first chamber was willing to voluntarily take on the appeals made against the declaration the watchdog in March 2014; as previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, at that date the Ifetel designated Slim-owned America Movil (AM) as holding significant market power (SMP) in the country’s telecoms sector.

With it understood that at least one of the justices would have needed to accept to filing for it to be heard in the Supreme Court, the appeals will now return to a lower court which specialises in matters of telecoms and economic competition.

Last week, the Supreme Court was also said to have refused to hear a similar injunction by Grupo Televisa, which had also been named as a dominant operator in the Mexican telecoms arena earlier this year by the Ifetel.