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Mexican broadcasters' fight with Telmex-Dish heats up

Mexico City, Feb 21 (EFE).- Leading Mexican television broadcasters Televisa and TV Azteca are demanding a probe into the partnership between fixed-line phone giant Telmex and satellite TV provider Dish Mexico, saying their dealings are a "disguised merger" being used by multi-billionaire Carlos Slim to enter the domestic television market. The networks asked the Ifetel regulatory agency to investigate the scope of the contracts signed by Dish, jointly owned by Mexican media conglomerate MVS Comunicaciones and Colorado-based EchoStar Corp., and Telmex.

Carlos Slim's Telmex hit with $52 mln antitrust fine

Mexico's competition regulator slapped a $52 million fine Thursday on billionaire tycoon Carlos Slim's Telmex telecommunications company for monopolistic practices. The Federal Competition Commission said Telmex refused to give rival firm Axtel access to landlines in 32 towns from August 2009 to June 2011, blocking Axtel from providing local and long-distance services. "For this reason, the CFC found that the refusal constitutes a monopolistic practice," the agency said in a statement.
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