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Mexico Courts Rule Telecom Agency's Interconnection Costs Model 'Reasonable'

Author:Mr Jose Antonio Prado, Carlos Ochoa, Alberto Esenaro Arteaga and Lilia Euridice Palma Salas
Profession:Holland & Knight
 
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Jose Antonio Prado and Carlos Ochoa are Partners and Alberto Esenaro Arteaga and Lilia Euridice Palma Salas are Associates in the Mexico City office.

Mexico's Telecom and Antitrust Federal Courts have issued three resolutions declaring that the model used by the Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones (COFETEL) for calculating interconnection costs for fixed and mobile services from 2012 to 2014 was "reasonable."

The Courts held that COFETEL's decision of using the hypothetical operator for such calculation was not arbitrary and that the public policy was fully justified. The ruling gives legal support to the "bottom-up" model of costs for constructing the most efficient network in order to determine interconnection costs with a market share of 33 percent, based on the fact that no operator could provide reliable information to reflect the market. The decision also confirms that international practices regarding economics and telecommunication can be used to justify the decisions of regulators.

In 2013, the Federal Telecommunications Institute, or Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT), was created as a constitutional autonomous organization at the same level of the executive branch....

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