Mexico Awards Two TV Networks to Local Media Tycoons

March 12, 2015

03/11/15 Wall Street Journal 

globe - south america - connections to worldMexico awarded Wednesday two new national broadcast networks to two lesser-known local media tycoons, in an effort to increase competition in a market dominated by the longstanding TV duopoly of Grupo Televisa and Azteca. After a long auction process, the telecom regulator said the new TV networks will be licensed to Grupo Radio Centro, one of the country’s biggest radio broadcasters led by Francisco Aguirre, and Grupo Imagen of Olegario Vázquez, who also owns Mexican newspaper Excelsior, several radio stations and regional pay-TV channels.

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Mexico sees tender for $10 billion mobile network by early October

March 12, 2015

03/11/15 Reuters 

telecomunicaiconesMexico hopes to launch the tender for a $10 billion national mobile broadband network by early October, the country’s transport and communications ministry (SCT) said on Wednesday. Creation of the network was written into Mexico’s constitution as part of a telecoms sector overhaul finalized last year that aims to boost competition and investment in a sector dominated by billionaire Carlos Slim’s America Movil. The project, which he government estimates will cost $10 billion over 10 years, will give Slim’s mobile competitors better coverage without relying on America Movil’s network or bearing the cost of building their own.

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The DIY Cell Phone Revolution in Mexico

January 16, 2015

By Dana Driskill, 1/15/2015

Innovation2San Juan Yaee, Oaxaca is a small town of 500 people in Mexico that, until very recently, did not have access to their own cell phone network, according to a recent article in Wired. Rhizomatica, a telecommunications non-profit based in Oaxaca, is looking to change that by installing a cell phone tower and a network. Yaee will be one of hopefully six more networks installed throughout Oaxaca by the end of the year.

Yaee and other communities pay 120,000 pesos ($8,000 dollars) upfront for the equipment and installation, about one-sixth of what Mexican commercial provider Movistar charges for a similar rural installation. Seventy five percent of the payment covers the cost of hardware, and the remaining portion is for Rhizomatica’s time and expenses. After installation, subscribers to the community network will pay 30 pesos (about $2) per month for local calls and texts. After paying for electricity and maintenance, the leftover profit is for the town.

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Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker Interview with President Enrique Peña Nieto

September 24, 2014

09/23/14 Bloomberg 

Enrique Pena NietoMexican President Enrique Peña Nieto speaks about the country’s telecommunications industry, energy assets and economic policies. Peña Nieto, speaking with Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker, also discusses Mexico’s crime issues, the legalization of marijuana in some U.S. states and immigration (This report is in English and Spanish).

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America Movil to consider structural changes after Mexican reform

June 26, 2014

06/25/14 Reuters

cell phones 2Carlos Slim’s America Movil (AMXL.MX) said on Wednesday it had created a committee to evaluate options in response to an overhaul of Mexico’s telecommunications sector which aims to curb its dominance.

The committee will study “structural, commercial, technological and other options … as well as the opportunities offered by the new Mexican regulatory framework,” the company said in a statement.

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Mexican Telecom Regulator Completes Dominance Review

March 7, 2014

shutterstock_124592293The Wall Street Journal, 03/06/14

Mexico’s telecommunications regulator said Thursday that it completed its investigation to determine which companies are dominant in their respective markets, and will unveil the results once the companies have been notified.

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Mexico Regulator Targets Slim’s Phone Companies, Televisa

February 28, 2014

people networkWall Street Journal, 2/26/14

Mexican authorities are about to strike a bold blow to phone companies of tycoon Carlos Slim, and leading broadcaster Grupo Televisa, in a bid to stoke competition in their near-monopolistic markets, according to a person familiar with the situation. Mexico’s new telecoms regulator is expected to next week declare Televisa and America Móvil units Telmex and Telcel as dominant in their respective sectors.



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