Authorization of Telecommunications Companies in July

The Superintendent of Telecommunications of Costa Rica estimates that it will deliver the first licenses to operate in the market in July.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The period specified by the Telecommunications Superitendent (Sutel) is consistent with the terms of the General Telecommunications Law, and it contemplates a resolution of all the objections to the admission of the different businesses presented by the Costa Rican Institute of Telecommunications (ICE) and RACSA.

Carlos Cordero wrote in an article in "According to Sutel, the first authorizations favor the deployment of Internet services and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP).
Currently, the Superintendent has 23 applications for a wide range of services including cable TV, corporate connections and even video conferencing and fiber optics telephone services."

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Deadline for Telecommunications Registration

June 2009

Telecommunications companies in Costa Rica will have time to request authorization to operate until June 30.

The Superintendent of Telecommunications (SUTEL) of Costa Rica informed that June 2 is the deadline, reminding entrepreneurs that, according to the Telecommunications Act, any company that provides telecommunications services to the public or that operates and exploits public networks, requires authorization from the entity to operate.

Costa Rica Accelerates Mobile Telephone Concession

April 2009

A new mobile phone operator could enter the market in February 2010. The cartel will be published between June and September 2009.

After the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINAET) requests for the Superintendent of Telecommunications (SUTEL) to begin the tender for the concession in May 2009, the whole process could last from 3 to 6 months, depending on the assessment method used.

Costa Rica: Cellphone headaches for visitors

April 2008

Foreign visitors to Costa Rica have "absolutely no chance" of obtaining a temporary cellphone through official channels, according to Anabel Zumbado, client services manager of the Costa Rican Residents' Association.

Applications get bogged down in the red tape that surrounds Costa Rican migration procedures, and there are substantial delays in getting pre-paid services online.

Costa Rican legislators give green light to free market in telecoms

May 2008

The first reading of a bill to open up Costa Rica's telecommunications market was approved by legislators at the second time of asking.

Twenty-nine members of the single-chamber Legislative Assembly voted for the proposal, while 13 opposed it.
The bill's first reading had already been approved in February, but the Supreme Court's Constitutional Chamber over turned the finding six weeks later.

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