Operators are questioning the slow pace of the Superintendency in analyzing the market to determine the existence of effective competition and eliminate caps on rates.
The study being carried out by the Telecommunications Authority to analyze the details of the market and define whether there is effective competition should be ready by the end of the year, but operators say the lack of speed with which the process is being carried, will prevent this deadline from being met. This will delay the eventual liberalization of tariffs in telephony and internet services.
On April 22, landline and cellular numbers in the telephone network will have eight digits.
Beginning at midnight on April 22, landlines will add a two and cell phones an eight before the current number.
Victor Garcia, Director of Regulation and Interconnection for Claro Enitel (owned by América Móvil), told The Prensa.com.ni: "At no time will the changes affect the economy of the users of the sector, instead the benefits are more extensive because there will now be a more modern network with services such as Internet and satellite tracking through GPS, among others. The idea is to grow as the region does so that our services are competitive."
Grupo ICE, composed of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) and its subsidiaries Radiográfica Costarricense (RACSA) and Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL), joined the Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies of Costa Rica (CAMTIC) as a strategic partner since June 2009.