Costa Rica: Cellular Competition in 2010

According to the official schedule, the first bands of frequency will be awarded in May 2008.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mercedes Agüero writes in an article published in “Nevertheless, the Dobles administration cautioned that much of the process can be appealed, which can prolong the timeframe."

"In the meantime, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) will be maintained as the sole operator of cellular telephone service."

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Results of the Cell Privatization in Costa Rica

November 2012

After one year of competition in mobile communications, the changes that have taken place reveal a market that is different from how many expected.

The market transformation has been swift and contained surprising nuances. Cellular penetration swiftly exceeded 100%, while the use of mobile Internet exceeded forecasts.

Costa Rican Telecom Regulator Orders Lower Interconnection Fees

November 2010

The regulator gave 10 days to state owned electricity company ICE to amend the interconnection fees.

The Superintendence of Telecommunications (Sutel) reduced the call termination fee on landlines to ¢3.63 ($ 0.01) per minute.

"Meanwhile, in the cellular network, the cost per minute is ¢ 17.95 ($0.04).

Councils Seek to Charge for Right to Use Cellular Base Stations

August 2010

Costa Rican municipalities are analyzing how to charge for the commercial use of mobile telephony antennas.

Municipalities will study how to implement the charge from a legal and taxation point of view. To date it is not clear who would have to pay: the operator or the company that installs and leases the antenna.

Cellular frequencies in Costa Rica to be put to tender in May

December 2008

The bidding for the first frequencies for wireless telephone lines that will be used by private companies should start on May 15 at the latest.

The was the commitment of the Government to US authorities; this was the final date given due to the delays in applying the FTA.

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