Mexico Agency Rejects Telecom Accord From Phone Regulator

Mexico’s phone regulator must study whether to force phone companies to lease the parts of their network that connect directly to the homes and businesses of customers, a concept known as “local-loop unbundling,” the nation’s regulatory review agency said.

The Federal Regulatory Improvement Commission rejected a proposal from the Federal Telecommunications Commission to regulate the way phone companies connect to each other, a document known as the Interconnection Framework Accord. The phone regulator must provide an analysis of costs and benefits of local-loop unbundling to win approval for the regulation, the regulatory review agency said in a letter on its website.

The phone regulator had said last month it aimed to publish the regulation in early February, assuming it got approval from the regulatory improvement commission. The government has said America Movil SAB must sign the document to win approval for its Telmex unit to offer pay-TV service in Mexico.

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