Mexico's Cablemas expands triple play to the Yucatan--but not Cancun

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 26-10-2012

Mexico's largest cable MSO, Cablemás, will expand its triple play of pay-TV, Internet and home phone service to certain municipalities the state of Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula—but not the tourist areas.

The licence extension, granted by the country's Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) to Cablemas owner Grupo Televisa, does not cover perennial spring break destination Cancun nor the rest of the Riviera Maya vacation area.

The company is expected to install an 15 additional kilometres to its network trunk and 90.5 kilometres in its distribution network within five years; the licence is valid for 30 years and is renewable.

Cablemás will hook up the municipalities of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Othon Blanco and José María Morelos in Quintana Roo, and Abalá, Temozón and Valladolid, among others, in other areas of the Yucatan.

Cablemás, which was given 180 days from 4 September to start operating new services in these areas, it is the largest operator in Mexico, with nearly 1.8 million customers in states such as Chihuahua, Oaxaca , Morelos, Guerrero, Veracruz and San Luis Potosi.