Costa Rica: Complaints over Cellular Telephony Tender

Four companies have submitted observations to the National Comptroller's Office regarding the opening of the mobile telephone market.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The companies that objected to the bid process were Cable & Wireless, Claro (América Móvil), Centenia Towers and Telefónica Española de Costa Rica.

They have begun proceedings with Costa Rica's Comptroller's Office regarding what they consider to be bid terms and conditions that do not comply with the criteria specified in the country's Administrative Contract Law.

The Comptroller's Office has ten working days to respond to the claims and issue a ruling, reports

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Claro Confirms Interest in Costa Rica

October 2010

At 24 days from reception of offers, Claro is the only company which has confirmed interest in participating in Costa Rica’s mobile telephony bidding process.

Consulted by newspaper La Nación, Cable & Wireless and Millicom said they are looking at the process while Digicel and Spanish Telefonica issued no statement.

Costa Rica: No Changes on Mobile Telephony Auction Schedule

October 2010

Despite changes to bid terms requested by the Comptroller General, the bid remains on schedule. reports that George Miley, Chairman of Telecommunications Superintendence (Sutel), stated, "Until we can evaluate the elements that will suffer changes we cannot say we are going to change the dates. Therefore, until otherwise stated, dates remain the same."

Costa Rica: Cell Phone Bid to Change

October 2010

The Comptroller General of Costa Rica, considering appeals filed by several companies, ordered changes.

Claims submitted by companies Cable & Wireless Costa Rica, Claro Costa Rica and Centennial Towers indicated the absence of key information, such as related to price caps (to end users), the cost of interconnection to ICE and fees to be paid to Sutel.

Costa Rica´s Comptroller will Process Claims from Phone Companies

September 2010

The claims were presented by three companies, involve the bases and terms which will regulate the cell phone market in Costa Rica.

This service has been a government monopoly for decades.

Cable & Wireless, Claro and Centenia Towers, have been summoned to a verbal hearing to take place September 30th.

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