Ifetel fines Telmex, DISH Mexico over undisclosed tie-up

12 Jan 2015

Mexican telecoms regulator Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Ifetel) has fined America Movil (AM)-backed Telmex and satellite TV provider DISH Mexico for failing to fully disclose a ‘commercial relationship’ between the two businesses. According to an AM press release, Telmex has been fined MXN14.4 million (USD985,694) on the grounds that an alleged merger with DISH was not disclosed back in November 2008. For its part, DISH – which is co-owned by Mexico’s MVS Comunicaciones and Colorado-based EchoStar – has been hit with a larger fine of MXN43.0 million.

According to Reuters, the two companies had a deal to print a single bill for shared services but competitors such as Grupo Televisa complained to the regulator that the relationship violated the terms of Telmex’s concession, which prevents the company from offering pay-TV services. AM has indicated that it intends to fight the fine, noting: ‘America Movil and Telmex do not agree with Ifetel’s views and conclusions … and will exercise any and all legal remedies to challenge it.’