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 Nacion.com.
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.
After months in a difficult process, the Superintendence of Telecommunications has finally be formed.
According to reports by MIPUNTO.com, "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 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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