Costa Rican Telecoms Market Shakes Up

The upcoming publication of the conditions for the opening up of telecommunications leads operators to request clearer rules.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Telecommunication companies have asked Costa Rica's Telecommunications Regulator (SUTEL) to provide greater clarity in several areas including procedures for installing Radio Bases, interfacing with networks belonging to the state-owned electricity and telecommunications provider (ICE), and microwave communication.

“Multinational suppliers Digicel, Cable & Wireless, Millicom (Tigo) and Claro (América Móvil) yesterday confirmed their interest in obtaining one of the frequency concessions available,” reports La Nación. “In addition, Digicel and Claro stated that they have already designed a Costa Rican network promising maximum coverage”.

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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.

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