Regulator watch: Transition to DTT, dedicated links, Cablevisión

- Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Regulator watch: Transition to DTT, dedicated links, Cablevisión

Mexican telecoms regulator Cofetel has proposed to modify the policy for transitioning to digital terrestrial television (DTT), Cofetel said in a statement.

Cofetel's proposal seeks to develop a consultation involving all parties concerned in the transition to present relevant observations transparently.

The watchdog has also called for implementing complementary measures in the meantime, in order to achieve DTT transition's objectives.

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DEDICATED LINKS

Cofetel also approved the submission to Mexican antitrust commission Cofemer of an agreement establishing general rules related to rates, service quality and information for telecommunications network concessionaries that are deemed as having substantial power in the wholesale markets of dedicated links, national long distance, international long distance and interconnection.

The regulation seeks to avoid that concessionaries with substantial market power block others from participating, as well as to promoting fair competition among market players.

The agreement also looks to ensure a minimum quality for all services provided by concessionaries of public telecommunications networks.

Additionally, establishing information rules would guarantee that concessionaries have sufficient information on the various alternatives at their disposal for supplying services, as well as characteristics and prices for these services.

CABLEVISIÓN

Further, Cofetel greenlighted several proposals to initiate sanctions on Mexican cable TV operator Cablevisión for failing to comply with several regulations and administrative provisions.

Cablevisión allegedly failed to inform Cofetel about the contract models for subscribers, as well as changes implemented in the contracts.