Costa Rica: Potential Lawsuit for Late Cell Market Opening

SBA Communications discusses a lawsuit regarding the delay in cell market opening.

Friday, October 29, 2010


The firm is dedicated to installation of cellular antenna towers.

Gabriel Chernacov, general manager of Pacific Coast, a subsidiary in Costa Rica, reported the possible complaint would be filed with the Department of Commerce of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), based on failure of CAFTA regulations, in force since January 2009.

Chernacov added "We represent an American company which came and made investments in Costa Rica for over two years based on CAFTA commitments. These agreements have suffered many delays and a number of implications in terms of cost and investment and are still having delays." Published

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U.S. Complains Over Telecom Opening in Costa Rica

April 2010

Costa Rica committed to open its telecom market before February 5 when it signed DR-CAFTA.

A report by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which analyzed telecommunications compliance, requested Costa Rica to urgently complete the opening process.

George Miley, president of the Costa Rican Telecommunications Superintendence, explained that the bidding rules were ready in December, but in order to continue the process, the Environment Ministry must still deliver the microwave frequencies. Such frequencies are used to send cellular signals between towers and linking them to the systems of each of the telecomm providers.

Costa Rica: SUTEL completes integration

January 2009

After months in a difficult process, the Superintendence of Telecommunications has finally be formed.

According to reports by, "The institution was created as a result of the privitization of mobile telephone and internet services as contemplated in the Free Trade Agreement between Central America, the Dominican Republic and the United States, which came into effect in Costa Rica on January 1.

Costa Rica: No Authorizations for Cell Towers

October 2010

Municipalities still have 2.000 pending applications for building towers.

Problems in issuing permits (just the municipality of Turrialba has 200 requests) have to do with the lack of knowledge on how to process such permits.

"The Government asked on Oct. 21st for representatives of local governments to support a general regulation for municipal procedures on telecommunications" publishes El Financiero on its web page.

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.

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