Mexican fixed-line giant Telmex, owned by magnate Carlos Slim, said after a favorable court ruling that the government must issue a definitive decision soon on its petition to enter the country's pay-TV market.

The company said a federal judge handed down a decision that requires the Communications and Transportation Secretariat to "respond, according to the law, to Telmex's petition to provide pay-TV services under the terms of the (2006) Convergence Agreement," which authorized the launch of Mexico's first "triple-play" voice, Internet and TV services.

Telmex recalled that the Cofetel regulatory body has already issued an opinion stating that the fixed-line telephone giant has complied with requirements for entering the pay-TV market.

Therefore, it is now up to the communications and transportation secretary to issue a final resolution within an urgent timeframe, Telmex said.

Despite the 2006 Convergence Agreement, authorities have not yet changed the terms of Telmex's concession agreement, which bars the company from offering TV service either by satellite or over its vast network of phone lines.

The chairman of Cofetel, Mony de Swaan, has expressed interest in revising Telmex's concession so it can enter the triple-play market, but the government has balked with the argument that the phone company first must reduce its interconnection fees.