The Death Throes of a Monopoly

The state monoply squeezes what it can out of the opening of the Costa Rican telecommunications market.

Monday, July 26, 2010

An article on El Financiero's web portal states that buying a cell phone plan from Costa Rica's state-owned electricity and telecommunications provider (ICE), "costs up to $500 more than buying one separately".

"Whether you buy a phone in a Costa Rican shop, online or from a shop in the US, it will cost more to purchase it as part of a plan with ICE," the article states.

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Claro and Movistar Growing in Costa Rica

June 2012

Between the two carriers 100,000 new lines are sold a month and they already have a market share of 20%.

"At the moment, Claro and Movistar between them have a 20% market share. The growth of these companies together is about 100,000 lines per month", said George Miley, a member of the Board of the Telecommunications (Sutel), according to the information portal Signals Telecom News.

ICE Takes to Court Interconnection Fees

November 2010

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

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.

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).

Costa Rica: Cellular Competition in 2010

February 2009

According to the official schedule, the first bands of frequency will be awarded in May 2008.

Mercedes Agüero writes in an article published in Nacion.com: “Nevertheless, the Dobles administration cautioned that much of the process can be appealed, which can prolong the timeframe."

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