Canitec rejects Telcel's proposed interconnection rates

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mexican cable operator association Canitec has rejected local mobile operator Telcel's proposed interconnection rates, which it published in the country's official gazette, according to a statement from Canitec.

Canitec asserted that the operator's proposal to reduce interconnection rates for calls terminated on its network is 127% higher than the rates determined by Mexico's communications and transport ministry (SCT) and telecoms regulator Cofetel.

In Diario Oficial, Telcel proposed interconnection rates of 0.95 pesos (US$0.078), per minute compared with the SCT and Cofetel's rates of 0.42 pesos per minute.

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Canitec said Telcel's offer makes "a mockery of its competitors, is an affront to the regulating authority and shows disrespect for telecoms users in Mexico."

According to Canitec, Telcel has charged the country more than US$16bn since 1999, and has blocked competition and development in Mexico's telecoms sector.

In January, Mexican telecoms operators - including Axtel, Nextel, Marcatel, Qualtel and Convergia - signed interconnection rate agreements based on SCT's recommendations. However, major telecoms operators such as Telcel, Telefónica and Iusacell did not participate in the negotiations.