America Movil request authorization to offer pay TV in Mexico again

America Movil sent a formal request to the Mexican Telecommunications Federal Institute (IFT), in which it asks the regulator  to get authorized to enter the TV market in the country again, either via satellite or internet.

Some of the arguments presented by the company in the request were that enabling TV access for any of its subsidiaries would be beneficial for the convergent services offer in Mexico, and would also improve the TV market competition in the country, and also expand the available options to clients. In addition, related to satellite technology, America Movil argued that, if the request is approved, it would allow the company to provide the service throughout the country in an immediate way. It also states that the offer ‘would be complemented with broadband, taking advantage of fixed infrastructure such as the unbundling of Telmex, or mobile like Telcel or Altan Networks, benefiting clients with bundling services’, as stated in the document presented.

Apart from that, America Movil requested the IFT to force Televisa Group to sell its stake in Sly Mexico, to avoid mechanisms that make interferences between competitors in telecommunication business easier. The company also requested that the TV network should remove barriers for TV concessionaires to enter the market, and share them the infrastructure to broadcast their contents.