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Approval of the General Administrative Provisions to allow telecommunications industry service providers access to facilities and rights of way of the National Electric System.

The plenary of the Energy Regulatory Commission (Comisión Reguladora de Energía – CRE) approved the General Administrative Provisions to allow telecommunications industry service providers access to facilities and rights of way of the National Electric System (the “Provisions”).

Through the approval of the Provisions, the CRE seeks to promote fair and transparent competition, allowing the Telecommunications Services Providers (“TSP”) access to  more than 11 million poles of the Federal Electricity Commission (“CFE”), which in principle will result in an increase in the coverage of telecommunications services.

Different to the access conditions that currently operate according to the guidelines issued by the CFE, in which the only considered criteria is the number of cables that can be deployed. With the new Provisions, the access to the CFE poles is based on objective criteria based on the weight and space that will take up the infrastructure installed by the TSPs on both sides of the pole, which will allow the installation of a greater number of cables.

Likewise, the contributions to be paid now by PSTs for the use of the poles will be based on the weight of the infrastructure installed in them.

According to the Provisions, the CFE’s distribution department shall create an electronic system to deal with requests for access to poles in an agile and expeditious manner, through clear procedures and defined timeframes, which shall facilitate the procedures for TSPs and provide them with certainty in their requests.

The Provisions seek to ensure better use of infrastructure, so provisions were included to prohibit practices that limit the ability to access poles. The Provisions shall enter into force on 1 January 2019.

Source Energy Regulatory Commission

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