Costa Rica to have Four Cellular Competitors

Three businesses will enter the cell phone market as competitors to the already established public entity of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE).

Friday, June 12, 2009

The vice minister of telecommunications, Hannia Vega, said that the government has decided that the opening of the telecommunications market would be immediate, for which the terms and conditions for the new operators are now being determined.

In an article in, Carlos Cordero Pérez reports that Vice Minister Hannia Vega said that "the concession offer will be conducted through a mixed process where the companies that meet the requested requirements and that offer the best financial proposals will be chosen."

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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

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.

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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