Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Cablemas Granted Local Fixed Telephony Concessions in Mexico

Cablemas, the second largest cable television operator in Mexico based on number of subscribers and homes passed, announced that Mexico's Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) granted the company local fixed telephony concessions in thirteen of the main cities in which it currently operates. These concessions will allow Cablemas to add telephony to the suite of directly-provided services, which already includes video and Internet. To roll out telephony services in these cities, Cablemas will enter into interconnection agreements with telecommunications firms.

This month, Cablemas expects the SCT to issue the Convergence Agreement wherein the rules of fair competition between telecommunication firms and cable operators in terms of interoperability, interconnection, and number portability will be defined.

As of March 31, 2006, Cablemas' cable network served 612,734 cable television subscribers, 133,962 high-speed internet subscribers, and 9,936 IP telephony lines, with over 1,728,039 homes passed.


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