América Móvil, Televisa dominance consultations extended by 20 days

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mexico's telecoms regulator IFT has made a 20-day extension to two public consultations on measures to be imposed on telco América Móvil and broadcaster Televisa regarding their dominant status in their respective industries, according to an IFT statement.

The consultations will continue for an additional 20 days, with the objective of attending requests made by interested parties and allowing for a greater number of comments from academics, experts, members of the industry and the general public.

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"This will enable better diagnosis on the impact of the measures and help determine possible modifications, deletions or additions of asymmetrical measures to preponderant economic agents in telecommunications and broadcasting," the statement read.

In March 2014, Mexico's regulator determined the economic interest group formed by Telmex, Telnor, Telcel, América Móvil, Grupo Carso and Inbursa as the country's dominant agents in telecoms, while Grupo Televisa and its related companies were named a preponderant player in broadcasting.

The measures were imposed as part of the 2014 telecoms reform as a method for promoting competition in the sector.

The public consultations began on April 7 with an original run of 30 working days. With this extension, they will now end on June 16.

The regulator made improvements to its internet portal in February and unveiled a web-based public consultation calendar the following month, allowing visitors to express their opinions on projects under the regulator's jurisdiction.

IFT also played its part in establishing Mexico's new telecoms investment agency, which will obtain concessions and be responsible for the installation of the wholesale shared network in the country.

In March, the regulator also appointed a second advisory council to assist in promoting the development of telecoms and broadcasting in the country.