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Nextel threatens Telefonica, Iusacell with legal action

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Mexican digital trunking provider Nextel Mexico plans to hold fellow operators Telef nica de M xico and Iusacell Unefon legally responsible for failure to sign interconnection agreements as ordered by regulator Cofetel, local newspaper Diario de Ciudad del Ju rez reported.

Mexico's largest mobile operator Telcel, a unit of Amrica Mvil, is the only one to have signed a mobile-to-mobile interconnection agreement with Nextel before the December 4 deadline set by Cofetel.

Now, Nextel Mexico plans to take legal action against the other two operators, the newspaper quoted the firm's VP Gustavo Cant as saying.

Under the country's telecommunications law, the two operators could face administrative sanctions including the revocation of their concessions, according to the report.

Cant did say that Nextel has been in talks with Telefnica, but could not come to an agreement before the Cofetel deadline.

"They are trying to include clauses that infringe on Nextel's rights, while the obligation to interconnect assumes that there will be no restrictions, and we will not accept anything that will limit competition or tie our hands behind our backs," he reportedly said.

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