Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) has published a new set of guidelines relating to the deployment of, access to and shared use of telecoms and broadcasting infrastructure. The watchdog’s key objectives are:
· To contribute to a more efficient use of existing infrastructure resources through the promotion of infrastructure sharing among concessionaires;
· To establish conditions to resolve disagreements relating to the shared use of infrastructure between concessionaires; and
· To promote infrastructure deployment through incentives to carry out coordinated civil works – especially in areas where there is little or no operator presence.
The IFT notes: ‘There are areas where infrastructure has already been deployed that can be used by more concessionaires – or where technically, economically and/or legally it is only feasible to develop one network. [Infrastructure sharing] creates conditions for greater competition at regional or local level.’