Mexico (country regulation overview)

Date: August 23, 2010
Pages: 20
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Publisher: Ovum
Report type: Strategic Report
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Mexico (country regulation overview)
Fixed-line penetration in Mexico has remained around 17–18% since 2005. Despite growing competition, the fixed market is still dominated by the incumbent, Telmex. A positive development in terms of competition was the designation of Telmex as a dominant operator in the fixed market by the Mexican anti-trust authority (the CFC) in 2009. This decision allows Cofetel, the Mexican NRA, to impose on Telmex regulations specific to dominant operators such as interconnection obligations, which it had avoided in the past. The enforcement of interconnection rates continues to be one of Mexico’s main issues. Despite the recent progress with the release of the new interconnection plan in February 2009 and the dominance designation, the format of interconnection charges still remains to be decided.

In the mobile market, the four mobile operators have broadly maintained their market shares in the last two years. The auction of the 1.9GHz band has finally been completed and the process of auctioning the 1.7–2.1GHz band for 3G use has been initiated: both auctions were in the pipeline since 2008. Cofetel should ensure it does not take as long auctioning the 700MHz and 2.5GHz bands, which have entered its agenda for the 2010–2011 period, given the suitability of the 700MHz and 2.5GHz bands for LTE and the need for operators to plan ahead for the deployment of LTE.

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Fixed market overview
Triple play
Mobile market overview
National regulatory authority
Key legislation and regulation
Foreign ownership restrictions
Mobile licensing
3G and WiMAX licenses
Digital dividend
2.5GHz (2.5–2.6GHz) band
Retail regulation
Wholesale fixed regulation
Narrowband voice interconnection
Services subject to regulation
Accounting separation
Long-distance/international services
Long-distance calls to mobile phones
Procedure for setting and reviewing charges
Format of charges
Narrowband flat-rate interconnection
IP-based interconnection
Wholesale access
Wholesale line rental
Local loop unbundling
Wholesale mobile regulation
Services subject to regulation
Mobile termination charges
Mobile-to-fixed termination charges
Competition cases
Implementation of Local Service Areas Consolidation Plan
Cofetel proposes sanctioning Telmex for not complying with the Local Service Areas Consolidation Plan
Universal service


Table 1: Mobile operators in Mexico
Table 2: Mobile operation regions
Table 3: SCT’s 2008 auction plan
Table 4: Final results of the 1.9GHz band auction
Table 5: Results of the 1.7GHz band auction as of 20 July 2010
Table 6: Fixed sector: services subject to regulation
Table 7: Calling party pays charges in Mexico, 2007–10
Table 8: Mobile sector: services subject to regulation
Table 9: Mobile termination charges in Mexico
Table 10: Telmex’s targets for the social coverage fund 2006 contract


Figure 1: Fixed penetration in Mexico (2004–09)
Figure 2: Broadband subscriptions in Mexico by technology
Figure 3: Mobile penetration in Mexico (2004–09)
Figure 4: Map of mobile operation regions (cellular and PCS regions)
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