Mexican standoff: watchdog rejects Slim’s pay-TV licence request

27 Jan 2022

Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, IFT) has reportedly voted to deny America Movil (AM) a pay-TV licence. According to Reuters, which cites a source with knowledge of the matter, two IFT commissioners voted to deny the request outright, while the other three commissioners dismissed the proposal as containing ‘procedural defects’. The decision means that Carlos Slim’s 15-year quest for a pay-TV licence remains unfulfilled for now. The source told the news agency: ‘There’s no certainty of a new proposal.’

TeleGeography notes that AM-backed Telmex is Mexico’s largest ISP and fixed voice provider in terms of subscriptions, while cellular unit Telcel serves more than 60% of the mobile market.