ICE Takes to Court Interconnection Fees

The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) filed a complaint in court against Sutel due to the new interconnection fees.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Institute also submitted before the Board of the Telecommunications (Sutel) a proceeding to revoke the provision and an appeal to the Regulatory Authority for Public Services.

"George Miley, Sutel´s chairman, said ICE´s decisions are political. We are concerned about taking to court what is a regulatory decision, which may prevent the opening of telecommunications," wrote

The Union of Chambers "repudiated" the actions taken by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute.

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Businessmen expressed concern at recent actions taken by ICE.

"The concern focuses on the legal action filed with the Administrative Court to stop the decision of the Superintendence of Telecommunications (Sutel), which required ICE to lower interconnection prices to their networks for other telecommunications operators," says

ICE Withdraws Interconnection Claim

December 2010

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad said it withdrew the lawsuit in a conflict it has with Sutel.

The refers to an ICE press release, which states that "the change in strategy responds to two documents issued by Sutel which changes the dynamics of action and resolutions."

Costa Rican Telecom Regulator Orders Lower Interconnection Fees

November 2010

The regulator gave 10 days to state owned electricity company ICE to amend the interconnection fees.

The Superintendence of Telecommunications (Sutel) reduced the call termination fee on landlines to ¢3.63 ($ 0.01) per minute.

"Meanwhile, in the cellular network, the cost per minute is ¢ 17.95 ($0.04).

Complaints about Price Fixing in Cell Phone Companies

August 2011

At the start of privatisation of the cellular market in Costa Rica, the Mexican company Claro is questioning agreements between the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) and the Spanish run Telefónica.

The complaint filed by Claro to the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel) indicates that in the access and interconnection agreement signed between the ICE and Telefonica, there are clauses where both companies are committed to not charging prices below the cost of services rendered, considering interconnection charges as a common expense to both parties.

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