Costa Rican Congress passes bill to open telecoms

A bill that opens telecommunications to competition passed its second and last reading in the Costa Rican Congress. The controversial bill forms part of the requisites for complying with the free trade agreement with the United States.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The bill passed by a 35-14 majority, with eight legislators absent. It opens Internet and wireless telephony to competition; to far they have been a state monopoly exercised by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute.
Fixed telephony, however, is to remain a state monopoly.

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Businessmen Demand Effective Cell Phone Opening

October 2011

Costa Rica businesses are insisting that they be granted the necessary permits for installation of cell phone towers that will enable quality communication services.

A communication from the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Business Sector (UCCAEP) reads:

Costa Rica: Informative Meeting on Mobile Telephony Frequencies

January 2010

The Telecommunications Superintendence (Sutel) will host an informative meeting with companies interested in obtaining a frequency for mobile telephony services.

The meeting will take place on January 18th, at 11 a.m. at Hotel Intercontinental in San José.

"George Miley, head of Sutel's council, explained that the meeting will be used to explain which public contest process will be used to auction mobile telephony frequencies to new operators", reported Nacion.com.

Costa Rica: Mobile Competition Delayed

September 2009

A three month delay in the market opening process will prevent the entrance of competitors expected for mid 2010.

Geroge Miley, president of the Telecommunications Superintendence (Sutel), explained that the delay is due to a lack of definition on the frequencies to be used for installing private networks.

Costa Rica finally opens its doors to telecoms investment

July 2008

The telecommunications monopoly that the government's Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) exercised for five decades has finally been overthrown.

The necessary changes to the telecommunications law were put into effect by publication in the official daily, La Gaceta.
Leading companies in wireless telephony and Internet are poised to enter the new market.

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