On November 5, 2015, the Federal Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, “IFT” for its acronym in Spanish), published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (“DOF” for its acronym in Spanish), the Resolution in which the minimum technical conditions for interconnection between concessionaires operating public telecommunications networks are published.
As part of its authorities, the IFT has the obligation to publish during the last quarter of the year, the minimum technical conditions for interconnection, which will be applicable to all concessionaires operating public telecommunications networks who are interested in interconnection with other networks through the execution of the relevant agreement (article 137 of the Federal Law on Telecommunications and Broadcasting “LFTR”).
The LFTR establishes that the following interconnection services are compulsory for the economic preponderant agent, and that the services mentioned in numerals I to VI are compulsory for other concessionaries:
- conduction of traffic, including origination and termination, as well as calls and short message services;
- transmission links;
- access ports;
- infrastructure sharing;
- related support; and
- billing and collection.