Telmex should be allowed to offer pay TV in Mexico, according to OECD


The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said that Mexican regulator IFT “should assess the entry of Telmex into pay TV as soon as possible, following the successful implementation of its functional separation”.

This way, the company could offer pay TV and “compete with rivals by offering a full bundle of services”, once it separates part of its network infrastructure into a new entity, as ordered by the IFT in March.

During the presentation of its new report, OECD hailed the results of Mexico’s 2014 telecom reform. In this sense, the organization said that 28 of its 31 recommendations on the telecoms market have been fully implemented. This way, OECD found that the number of mobile broadband subscriptions had increased by 50 million from 2012 to 2016. In turn, the prices of the service packages have fallen by 75%.

However, the organization considered that, in the broadcasting sector, dominated by Televisa and TV Azteca, the high prices and concentration are still an obstacle in the market.