Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, Ifetel) has instructed America Movil’s (AM’s) fixed line operating units to amend the terms and conditions offered to rival players wanting to use its local access network. The watchdog announced on 11 October that market leader Telmex and its sister company Telefonos del Noroeste (Telnor), which operates in the north-western state of Baja California, have 20 days to submit new reference offers for local loop unbundling (LLU) access. The move is designed to promote greater competition in the market, the regulator said.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Telmex accounted for 65% of the 20.103 million PSTN lines in service at the end of 2014. As such, Ifetel has designated the telco as an Agente Economico Preponderante (AEP, or preponderant economic agent), and is striving to level the playing field. Prior to the watchdog’s 30 June decision to order Telmex to open up the last mile of its fixed line networks to its rivals for the first time, Mexico was one of the few Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries not currently offering LLU.