Mexico's watchdog to regulate OTT

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 20 July 2015

Mexico's telecoms authority, Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT), is analysing the over-the-top (OTT) services currently offered in the country and studying the possibility of establishing specific OTT regulations.

Aldo Sánchez, who is in charge of coordinating strategic planning at IFT, told the newspaper El Economista: "OTT services don't have the same regulations as other services. And we are working on deciding whether or not they need some."

In the meantime, the federal institute is exploring new tools to collate up-to-date data on OTT usage in Mexico.

IFT's data currently is six months behind, with Q4 2014 figures showing Mexico's activity lagging behind other Latin American countries such as Chile, Brazil and Colombia. "But we're looking to reduce the delay between the figures and the reality to four months, so we could offer the Q2 2015 report shortly," added Sánchez.

According to the figures from The Competitive Intelligence Unit, OTT and online video consumption has soared in Mexico, with 42% of subscribers now using OTT platforms for video/audio or watching video via free or paid online services.