IFT asks Telmex to modify functional separation plan

Mexican Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) has asked Telmex to modify its ‘functional separation’ plan. This way, the regulator delays the company’s plans to enter the pay TV market, as it must first comply with this condition.

“In assessing the information and documentation submitted, IFT considered that this proposal should be modified in order to ensure the effectiveness of functional separation and compliance with the objectives set out in the constitutional reform in telecommunications,” said the regulator in a statement. The company has now 30 days to present its modified proposal.

In February of this year, IFT decided to remove, modify and add the measures imposed on Telmex as a Prevailing Economic Agent (AEP in Spanish) and ordered, among other things, the functional separation in the provision of fixed telecommunications services.

In September, the Organisation 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”.