Mexico’s president signs telecoms reform rules into law




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MEXICO CITY -Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday signed into law new rules for the telecommunications and broadcasting industries are designed to curb the power of billionaire Carlos Slim’s America Movil and broadcaster Televisa.

The legislation, approved by Congress last week, fleshes out a constitutional reform Pena Nieto pushed through Congress last year to spur greater competition in the telecommunications market that is dominated by Slim.

“This reform will promote greater competition, more and better conditions, better coverage and service quality, as well as lower prices and costs,” Pena Nieto said at an event in Mexico where he spoke before government and telecoms industry executives.
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Approval of so-called secondary laws was delayed about eight months, complicating the work of a new regulator is charged with reducing the power of broadcaster Televisa, which dominates television markets, and America Movil.

America Movil, which has some 70 percent of Mexico’s mobile market and 60 percent of fixed-lines, said last week it would sell assets to avoid regulations force the company to lower connection costs for competitors and share infrastructure.

After finishing the telecommunications last week, lawmakers are now turning toward legislation will complete the government’s most ambitious reform, the opening of Mexico’s oil and gas industry to private after a 75-year state monopoly. (Reuters)[eap_ad_3]