Telecommunications Reform Approved

The Mexican government today announced the approval of the Telecommunications Reform which aims to encourage competition and lower barriers to entry by creating greater legal certainty and fair competition for the benefit of users and consumers.

Some of the Main Features of the Reform Include:

Two new national television broadcasting networks.

The creation of a state television network and a public radio both with national coverage obligated to provide diverse and varied information

The dominant players in this market will be obligated to allow their competitors to complete their network so they can provide national roaming at no extra cost accelerating national coverage of most service providers.

Telephone equipment acquired by the user must be delivered unlocked.

The Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) will be the independent constitutional body responsible for defining the existence of dominance or any other any other anticompetitive practice, and define measures to encourage economic competition.

The Federal Institute of Telecommunications will also be responsible for authorising the concessions.

Ref: Presidencia http://www.presidencia.gob.mx/impulso-a-la-competencia-en-el-sector-de-telecomunicaciones/