In recent years Mexican telecom group América Móvil has been under increasing regulatory pressure in its home market. Sweeping sector reforms were passed in June 2013, creating a new sector regulator IFT (Ifetel) and allowing this entity to handicap dominant operators with special restrictions.

To apply these restrictions, such as the obligation to share infrastructure, the new rules created the concept of a 'preponderant agent' in the market, for any player with a market share greater than 50%.

In March 2014 the title was officially bestowed on América Móvil in fixed and mobile telephony, and sector behemoth Televisa in the free-to-air segment.

At the same time, US giant AT&T has entered Mexico by acquiring mobile operators Iusacell and Nextel Mexico, for US$2.5 billion and US$1.85 billion respectively.

Thus, the market landscape is changing fast, which unfortunately can lead to confusion and varied interpretations of the new laws.


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