* Regulator moves to curb Slim companies' power
* Will also seek to sanction Televisa's Cablevision
MEXICO CITY, Sept 13 Mexico's telecom watchdog
issued a new set of rules aimed at Carlos Slim's Telmex in a
first move to curb the power of the leading fixed-line phone
operator after being declared dominant in a specific market.
A previous attempt by regulator Cofetel to enforce tighter
rules on Telmex more than a decade ago went into legal limbo
after the company filed an appeal of that initiative.
Cofetel said in a release late on Monday it is sending the
rules -- which oversee fees, quality of service and information
-- to Mexico's federal regulatory improvement commission
Cofemer for review.
It gave few details of the proposed regulations, but said
they seek to prevent dominant companies from restricting
network access to other competitors and to foster competition.
The rules are for those companies operating public
telecommunication networks with substantial power in the
leasing of local dedicated, domestic and international long
distance and interconnection accesses.
While Cofetel did not mention Telmex or sister company
Telnor as targets of the new rules, the two were identified
last month by antitrust agency Cofeco as dominant in those
The government knocked back a bid by Telmex to enter the
pay television market earlier this year. This would be the
first time it has issued blanket rules to cover an entire
market in which Telmex already operates and was declared
dominant by the competition watchdog.
Telmex has about 80 percent of Mexico's fixed-line market
and is the only service provider that operates in money-losing
remote, rural areas.
The new rules will now be submitted for scrutiny by
industry experts, academics and the general public and subject
to changes and improvements based on their recommendations. No
time frame for the process was given.
A Telmex spokesman could not immediately comment on
Cofetel's proposed rules.
Cofetel also said it is seeking to sanction broadcaster
Televisa's (TV.N) (TLVACPO.MX) cable company Cablevision
(CABLECPO.MX) after finding sustained network flaws for more
than three consecutive days.
(Reporting by Cyntia Barrera Diaz, editing by Matthew Lewis)