Mexico gets another DTH player
Chris Forrester

Mexican telco Axtel has been allowed to start a pay-TV service in the country.

Axtel has been licensed to start a satellite-based DTH service, in direct competition with Sky (backed by Televisa) and Dish (backed by MVS and Echostar).

Axtel says it will also launch a terrestrial ‘triple play’ bundle of video, phone and internet service early in 2010.

"This new initiative to provide video services to Axtel's residential customers is consistent with the company's strategy to become a fully-integrated televom service provider," stated Tomas Milmo Santos, Axtel's chairman/CEO.

Santos added: "The data and voice services provided with WiMAX technology will now be enhanced with video, strengthening Axtel's competitive position in the residential market segment."