Telecoms Regulation in a Quagmire
The Costa Rican Superintendent of Telecommunications has not yet approved the entry of any new operators.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
With little time to adjust to its responsibilities, the Superintendent of Telecommunications (SUTEL) has already stumbled at the doorstep over its own obstacles, as well as some placed by the government, according to the opinion of industry experts.
Even though demand continues to grow, operators are not able to grow due to lack of effective competition in the mobile market and delays in the allocation of spectrum.
After months in a difficult process, the Superintendence of Telecommunications has finally be formed.
The multitude of paperwork and the Fondo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones are the obstacles preventing major progress in implementing fast internet services in Costa Rica.
"The regulation exercised by the Siget in the retail mobile market discourages investment in infrastructure and the acquisition of larger portions of the spectrum."
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