Slim’s America Movil wins telecom battle in top Mexico court

8/16/2017 Financial Times

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled billionaire Carlos Slim’s telecommunications company America Movil should not be barred by law from charging competitors certain fees, prompting fears of a rollback of a sweeping antitrust reform.

The 2014 telecom industry reform, one of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s signature accomplishments, prohibited America Movil from charging other carriers for calls made to customers on its network, even though those firms are allowed to bill America Movil for using their networks.

The reform was aimed at breaking up Slim’s market dominance, which rivals said made it challenging for them to break into the sector. It was one of several changes, along with an opening of the state-run energy industry, that have increased competition in Mexico’s strategic industries.

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U.N. experts seek halt to use of spyware in Mexico and want full probe

07/19/2017 Reuters

united nationsGENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. human rights experts called on the government of Mexico on Wednesday to “cease the surveillance immediately” of activists and journalists and to conduct a fully impartial investigation into the illegal spying.

In the latest case, an international probe into the 2014 disappearance of 43 students in Mexico was targeted with spying software sold to governments to fight criminals and terrorists, according to a report published last week.

Civilians in Mexico have been targeted by the software known as Pegasus, which Israeli company NSO Group only sells to governments, according to the report by Citizen Lab, a group of researchers based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

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Samsung, America Movil announce partnership in Latin America

07/18/2017 Reuters

The America Movil logo is seen at the reception area in the company's offices in Mexico City
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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and America Movil, the telecoms company controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, said on Tuesday they had signed an agreement to provide the latest technology to Latin American consumers.

The aim of the partnership is to deliver the 4.5G network in Mexico and other Latin American countries and to open up access to the so-called Internet of Things, in which everyday objects are connected to the Internet, the companies said in a joint statement.

Through the agreement, the companies will test new technology using Samsung devices such as the Galaxy S7Edge, the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, the statement said.

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Mexican auto exports hit record high in June: AMIA

07/10/2017 Reuters

automobileMexico’s auto exports set a record in June, fueled by a surge in shipments to buyers in the United States, the Mexican Auto Industry Association (AMIA) said on Monday.

Vehicle exports rose 12 percent from a year earlier, while production was up 4.9 percent.

Mexican auto factories exported 276,626 vehicles and produced 334,606 in June, according to data from AMIA.

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Mexico’s America Movil details argument in telecom dispute

7/5/2017 Reuters

slimBillionaire Carlos Slim’s America Movil argued on Wednesday against rules brought in by an overhaul of the country’s telecommunications industry, saying in a statement they were unfair and had led to a loss of its business rights.

In the latest chapter in a fight that could shape the future of competition in the sector, the supreme court is considering whether to undo parts of an overhaul that tilted the playing field against Slim’s long-dominant America Movil and led to steep drops in prices that Mexicans pay for cell phone service and internet access.

Slim’s lawyers argued that unfair “asymmetrical” rules prohibit America Movil from charging other telephone carriers for connecting their calls made to customers on its network, but let those companies charge America Movil for connecting its calls to their customers.

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Mexico President Fetes Telecom Law as Top Court Weighs Slim Challenge

6/26/2017 The New York Times

slimMEXICO CITY — President Enrique Pena Nieto and industry executives praised a three-year-old overhaul of Mexico’s telecommunications sector on Monday as it faces a major challenge from billionaire Carlos Slim in the Supreme Court.

The number of Mexicans with cellphones surged by 20 million to 81 million in 2016 since the constitutional reform, while the number of Internet users has expanded to 65 million from 41 million, Pena Nieto said in an apparent bid to increase public support for the law.

He held the event as the Supreme Court considers whether to undo parts of the reform that tilted the playing field against Slim’s long-dominant America Movil SAB de CV and led to steep drops in prices that Mexicans pay for cell phone service and internet access.

“To not have made the change would have been irresponsible. It would have condemned Mexico to falling behind,” Pena Nieto told hundreds of government officials and industry executives at the presidential residence Los Pinos.

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Mexico president calls for probe into alleged government spying

6/22/2017 Reuters

pena nieto wefMexican President Enrique Pena Nieto asked the attorney general’s office on Thursday to investigate charges the government spied on private citizens, saying he wanted to get to the bottom of the accusations that he called “false.”

Activists, human rights lawyers and journalists in Mexico filed a criminal complaint on Monday following a report that their smartphones had been infected with spying software sold to the government to fight criminals and terrorists. [nL1N1JH01Y]

“Here and now I want to categorically state this is a democratic government, this is a government that respects and tolerates critical voices,” Pena Nieto said at a televised event.

The complaint presented to the attorney general’s office by nine people followed a New York Times report that some of them had been spied on with software known as Pegasus, which Israeli company NSO Group sold to Mexico’s government.

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