Mexican operators back zero interconnection rate

Friday 11 August 2017 | 13:45 CET | News

A total of 21 Mexican operators have joined forces to back the zero interconnection rate rule on grounds that it has resulted in lower tariffs and allowed them to invest in improving infrastructure, reports El Economista. Fixed, mobile and cable TV companies across the country have expressed their concern at America Movil's attempts to challenge the rule as part of its injunctions against the 2013-14 telecommunications reform. Article 131 of the resulting telecoms act prohibited America Movil's subsidiaries Telmex and Telcel from charging alternative operators for calls terminating in their networks due to their dominant status.

The zero interconnection rate rule “has made it possible for alternative operators, both mobile and fixed, to invest in their own networks and offer attractive plans to boost competition, so their removal would cause damage to the competitive environment in Mexico," said the operators in their joint statement, according to the report, adding that signatories include network operators such as AT&T and Movistar, MVNOs such as Virgin, True and weex, as well as cable companies such as Megacable, Izzi Telecom, Grupo Televisa and Totalplay.

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