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U.S. Threatens To Take Complaint Against Telmex To World Trade Organization

ISSN: 1054-8890
LADB Article ID: 53925
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2000-04-12
By: LADB Staff

The dispute between Mexico and the US regarding access to the telecommunications market has escalated further. In early April, the US Trade Representative's Office (USTR) accused the Mexican government of failing to take sufficient steps to curb the monopoly powers of Telefonos de Mexico (TELMEX), which has created unfair conditions for the Mexican subsidiaries of AT&T and MCI Worldcom. The USTR complaint against Mexico, the latest episode in the ongoing conflict about TELMEX's status, was included in its annual review of major trading partners and their compliance with the Word Trade Organization's (WTO) agreements on telecommunications. The report also found unfair practices in South Africa and Japan. "In Mexico, it appears that progress toward a level playing field for telecommunications carriers now is stalled," said US Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky. In the last several years, the US and Mexico have been embroiled in heated disputes about the near-monopoly status of TELMEX, which was privatized in the early 1990s (see SourceMex, 1990-11-21). Competitors Alestra and Avantel have frequently accused TELMEX of erecting barriers to fair competition, such as charging interconnection fees two to three times higher than international norms (see SourceMex, 1996-04-17, 1997-11-05, 1998-03-04, 1998-11-11).

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