Mobile Telephony Bidding Clear to Go in Costa Rica

The changes made to the terms and conditions released on November 11th received no objections.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Comptroller General's Office informed it did not receive any appeals within the period of time established for that purpose.

"In the absence of any objections to the terms, the submission of proposals to use and operate the three frequencies is confirmed for December 14th," reported an article in Elfinancierocr.com.

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Costa Rica Creates Committee for Mobile Telephony Bidding

May 2010

A committee called “Comisión de Apertura y Evaluación” (Opening and Evaluation Commission) will evaluate the technical and economic considerations of the proposals.

Designated by the Telecommunications Superintendence (Sutel), the committee must also write an adjudication report for the Superintendence’s council.

Bureaucracy for Cell Towers takes 165 days

August 2012

The technology installed in the towers is from the 21st Century. The bureaucracy that is authorizing them is from the 19th century.

The progress of communications is getting slower in Costa Rica, with cell phone companies unable to meet the deadlines for achieving the necessary territorial coverage, because municipalities are taking up to 5 ½ months to give permission for each tower.

ICE Frees Radio Frequencies for Mobile

December 2009

ICE's directors ratified an agreement to free a portion of the radio spectrum, to be auctioned between future telecomm operators.

This was confirmed by Elbert Durán, communication director at the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE).

"The institution will immediately free 4 of the 6 bands requested by the Executive. They are: 1.730-1.805 MHz, 1.825-1.920 MHz, 1.920-1.935 MHz and 2.125-2.170 MHz", reported Nacion.com.

Price Fixing in Mobile Phone Companies Prevented

September 2011

The Costa Rican regulator has prevented telephone companies Telefónica and ICE from agreeing on tariffs for end users within a contract for interconnecting their networks.

The company Claro filed a complaint to the Superindendency of Telecommunications (Sutel), which stated that the access and interconnection agreement signed between the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) and Telefónica, contained clauses where both companies agreed not to charge prices below the cost of services provided, considering the interconnection charges as a cost common to both.

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