Telecomm employment will double as the sector's monopoly ends in Costa Rica, expanding the market.
Five years from now, telecommunication jobs in Costa Rica will increase to 30.000 as new players enter the market, up from the 15.000 now offered by the state's company, known as ICE. This figures are estimations by the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (Minaet).
Through a document presented to Sutel, ICE withdrew its objections to the entry of competitors in the telecommunications market.
The legal director of the Costa Rican Institute for Electricity, Erick Jiménez González, laid out in the document presented that the action is "with the purpose of collaborating in the regulatory process during the transition phase."
These two companies, along with WorldCom, are the first three to request authorization from Sutel to offer telecommunications services.
Mercedes Aguero writes in an article on Nacion.com: "According to the new law which regulates the telecommunications sector, any company that offers services for which they receive payment must have the approval of Sutel.
Starting April, private companies will be free to sell internet access for the first time in the country.
Interested companies will get approval from the Superintendence of Telecommunications (Sutel), the new organ of the Aresep charged with regulating the market, provided that they do not need the concession of a new radio frequency to provide the service and that they are in fulfillment of the telecommunications development plan that the Government is preparing.
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.
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