Telmex: This Dinosaur Is Surprisingly Spry

Telmex holds its own in the voting for long-distance carriers

It's election time in Mexico--for phone companies. Now that Telefonos de Mexico has lost its monopoly, the government is mailing out ballots to business and residential phone users. They're being offered a choice of Telmex and as many as nine new carriers for their long-distance service. Leading the list of new entries are two powerhouses, a joint venture with AT&T called Alestra and another with MCI Communications Corp. called Avantel. But in the battle of the ballots, Telmex is showing surprising agility.

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