Mexico’s Telmex (Teléfonos de México) wants to change its operating licence to allow it to operate a pay-TV service over its wires. The prospects are not looking good.

Telmex operates a near-monopoly in Mexico, and holds the distinction of being the second most-complained about company to Mexico’s Consumer Commission. Billionaire Carlos Slim is its chairman and CEO.

Mexican Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Cofetel) says it will not supply Mexico’s Secretary of Communications and Transport with a favourable opinion regarding Telmex' license title change that would enable the company to offer pay-TV services.

The President of the regulating agency, Héctor Osuna Jaime, stated that such authorization will not be granted unless the telephone company accepts the Fundamental Technical Interconnection Plan.

The official, as reported by NexTVLatam, stated that if Telmex "had adopted the Technical Plan as an accepted practice, we would be ready to recommend to the SCT that such a license title change is no inconvenience at all, but that has not happened".

"They depend on our opinion and we cannot give such opinion unless they recognize that such Fundamental Technical Interconnection Plan is necessary," he insisted.

According to clause 1.9 of the license title, Carlos Slim's company is banned from rendering TV services through its network, but the Convergence Agreement of 2006, aimed at enabling companies to offer triple play packages, opened such a possibility. Cofetel suggested that Telmex should guarantee network interconnection with its competitors, interoperability and numeric portability in order to get its license title modified. There is no interconnection as yet, says the Commission.

Telmex has been offering IPTV-based TV services since 2008.