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Posted in Cybersecurity, Policy & Regulation Photo of Federico Hernández Arroyo

Cybersecurity (or lack thereof) under new administration

Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media, Mexico Introduction In 2014 the previous administration announced its commitment to creating a national cybersecurity strategy. This strategy formed part of the National Development Plan 2013-2018, which also provided for the national digital strategy – an initiative aimed at fostering digitisation in Mexico through: a digital government; open data; digital inclusion; enhanced digital skills; and  IT-based health, educational and financial services.

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy

Why Companies in Mexico Should Reassess Their Compliance with Data Privacy Protocols—and Their Risk of a Data Breach

According to the Constitution of Mexico, the protection of personal data is a fundamental right of all Mexican citizens. Under federal law, individuals also have a right to access, change, oppose, or suppress their personal data. Although all private companies process data, some are not sufficiently familiar with Mexico’s data privacy principles and regulations, and many may not have an up-to-date assessment of their own risk of a data breach. In addition, they may not be aware that the Mexican Supreme Court’s recent shift in perspective regarding personal injury cases

Posted in Drones Photo of Federico Hernández Arroyo

New Drone Regulations in Mexico

On May 31, 2016, the Mexican Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) issued a new mandatory circular CO AV-23/10 R3 (the Circular) applicable to all Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).   The Circular updates and replaces the prior version published in 2015[1], considering the new international practices in the sector [in bracket we will highlight the main changes].   The Circular is applicable to: 1.- All individuals and entities that intend to operate or currently operate RPAS; 2.- All manufacturers, importers and distributors of RPAS [new], and 3.-  All RPAS operating in Mexico,

Posted in Broadcasting, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Federico Hernández Arroyo

TMT Deal Trends in Mexico

As in the U.S. and other European countries, the Mexican telecommunications and broadcasting market has been very active in M&A deals. Just over two years ago, a major constitutional reform in telecommunications entered into force and the new law is reaching its first anniversary. This new regulatory framework has lifted many entry barriers, including removing the 49% restriction of foreign investment in telecoms services, and granted more certainty to large and small local and international companies to invest in Mexico. Click here for our recent update on Mexico TMT deals,

Posted in Drones, Policy & Regulation Photo of E. Tazewell EllettPhoto of Patrick R. Rizzi

The Mexican Civil Aviation Authority has issued a new mandatory circular for all Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) operations

On April 8, 2015, the DGAC issued a new mandatory circular CO AV-23/10 R2 that “establishes the requirements to operate RPAS” (the Circular) to be more in line with the regulatory regimes of other countries that have developed such regulations. The Circular supersedes and replaces the prior mandatory circular CO AV-23/10 R1. The Circular is applicable to : all individuals and entities that intend to operate or currently operate RPAS; all RPAS operating in Mexico, including those belonging to the Mexican government, except for those having a national security purpose;

Posted in Internet, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Mark Brennan

Recent Net Neutrality Developments in the EU and the Americas

With an ongoing rulemaking at the Federal Communications Commission, a pair of Congressional hearings, and President Obama’s recent remarks on the matter, U.S. policymakers have been actively debating net neutrality issues.  However, the U.S. is not alone:  The EU has taken significant steps towards a new net neutrality law, Brazil and Mexico passed legislation last year, and Chile’s regulatory authority acted to enforce the country’s existing net neutrality law.  The global interest in and debate over net neutrality will continue as more countries consider whether to regulate and the effects

Posted in Broadcasting, Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Federico Hernández Arroyo

The challenges of the new telecommunications and broadcasting law in Mexico

The new President of Mexico Peña Nieto started work on 1 December 2012. The following day, the three main political parties executed the so-called “Pact for Mexico”, which contained several commitments including the reform of the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors. On 11 June 2013, an historic constitutional reform in telecommunications and broadcasting was published after a fast-track process of just three months. The main purpose of the reform was to enhance competition in the telecommunications and broadcasting markets and to provide for the publication of a new convergent law on

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Federico Hernández Arroyo

Mexico adopts strict net neutrality framework

The Mexican constitutional reform in telecommunications published last year acknowledged Internet access as a human right. The recent Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law (the “Law”) has introduced many new concepts, such as net neutrality, which was previously unregulated in Mexico. For more information about the constitutional reform and the Law, please refer to the previous article in this issue. Despite its existence and application years before, net neutrality regulation has recently become a hot topic worldwide and international regulators have adopted different positions. For example, the European Parliament recently tabled

Posted in Broadcasting, Licensing, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Mark BrennanPhoto of Michele FarquharPhoto of Ari FitzgeraldPhoto of Trey HanburyPhoto of Federico Hernández Arroyo

The new Mexican Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law

As part of the constitutional reform in telecommunications matters published on 11 June 2013 (the Constitutional Reform), the new Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law (the Law) was finally published on 14 July, and went into effect this past 13 August. The new Law establishes a new regulatory framework in the telecommunications and broadcasting sector in Mexico, which contains the principles based on the Constitutional Reform, whose principal objectives are: the creation of more rights, the promotion of competition, and the provision of better services at lower prices. Additionally, along with

Posted in Broadcasting, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Federico Hernández Arroyo

Mexican Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law to enter into effect 13 August 2014

On 10 June 2013, after a fast-track approval, the decree to reform the Mexican Constitution (the “Reform”), mainly in telecommunications matters, was enacted by President Enrique Peña Nieto. The Reform recognized as human rights the access to: (i) information and communications technology, and (ii) broadcasting and telecommunications services, including broadband and the Internet.  Following the Reform, the Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law (the “Law”) was published on 14 July and will enter into effect on 13 August 2014. The Reform creates the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (“IFT”), a new regulatory

Posted in Broadcasting, Licensing, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Photo of Trey Hanbury

Mexico overhauls telecom regulator, continues ambitious reform

The Mexican telecommunication regulatory body is in the midst of a significant overhaul, and major changes on the horizon could affect any entity with wireless voice or data operations near the U.S.-Mexican border.  Should uncertainty persist into the new year, the Mexican regulatory transition has the potential to affect the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction, which will require intensive international technical coordination of television stations and wireless broadband operations in border regions. On June 10, 2013, the Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, signed into law an amendment to the constitution

Posted in Broadcasting, Licensing, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband

Reform of the telecom & broadcasting sectors in Mexico

Mexico has announced a major reform in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors, liberalizing not only foreign investment, but also promising antitrust enforcement and government infrastructure sharing, along with targeted sector-specific regulatory reform. These changes, when implemented, will provide significant opportunities for international investors to enter and/or increase their positions in the Mexican telecommunications and broadcasting sectors. The attached summary presents a preliminary analysis of the reform which is expected to be implemented as early as year-end and by which: Foreign investment will be significantly liberalized in the telecom and satellite