Mexican watchdog investigates América Móvil's OTT offer

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 26 June 2015

Mexico's Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones' (IFT) commissioner Adolfo Cuevas Teja has produced a document claiming that América Móvil may be using its over-the-top (OTT) TV services to avoid the restrictions of the pay-TV market.

Although wanting to offer pay-TV, América Móvil has no licence to do so as it's a leading player in the market and the IFT considers such a move wouldn't be good for competition. But now, according El Economista, IFT suspects Carlos Slim's telco may be using OTT as a way of gradually entering the pay-TV market.

America Movil is currently offering Clarovideo for free on Telmex for a month through its cheapest mobile package and for 12 months through its more expensive ones, as well as delivering the OTT service for free for one month to Telcel subs.

In the document, Cuevas Teja says that the IFT will now assess the situation and determine whether any action is necessary.