A report by Akamai highlights an 8.4% drop in the average connection speed in Costa Rica in the second quarter compared to the same period last year.
Between late 2014 and June this year, Costa Rica fell 20 positions in the ranking of broadband Internet, surpassing only Paraguay, Bolivia and Venezuela. Panama recorded a slight growth of 1% in the period in question, while Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras, did not even figure in the report.
The only countries in America where mobile phone prices are still regulated are El Salvador and Costa Rica. It is no coincidence that these countries are among the last in the rankings for speed of mobile internet services.
Six years after the market opened, authorities are assessing whether competition is effective in order to eliminate caps and free up rates for mobile telephony and the internet.
The methodology for determining whether or not there is effective or genuine competition in the telecommunications market has already been approved and the Telecommunications Regulator expects to have the results no later than the end of the year. If it is determined that competitive conditions exist, there could be an elimination of the requirements such as capped tariffs for services and other service fees, which are currently limited to the operators.
The country's loss of competitiveness because of the deterioration of basic infrastructure development, is replicated in the case of the internet where average speeds are only 2.8 Mbps, far from the world average and below that of most countries in the region.
Costa Rica stands out in Central America for the quality and volume of goods and services related to technology which it produces and exports.
The licenses granted to the Chinese company will allow them to provide basic telephone services, data transmission, internet, phone and TV subscription, for terms of 10 to 20 years.
According to Elnuevodiario.com.ni "... The license to provide public telephone services nationwide was granted for ten years, according to Administrative Resolution 389-2014, contained in La Gaceta 166. It was also decided to grant a license to provide internet access services, cellular and IPTVS television subscription, also for ten years. "
Costa Rica is the regional leader in 4G data consumption through mobile devices and 4G networks.
America Movil (Claro) and Telefonica (Movistar) agree that Costa Rica is the country with the highest data traffic in Central America, this is because it is the only country that does not charge for downloading data, but rather by the speed offered by providers.
After reserving frequencies for the state run company Hondutel, Conatel awarded the rest of the band to Tigo and Claro, who will pay $12 million each.
Latribuna.hn reported that "The government has sold a license to operate a 4G mobile band worth $24,105,000, reserving a portion for the Honduran Telecommunications Company (Hondutel), so that it can exploit it in the future jointly with a private partner. "
In Costa Rica, 71% of users connect to the internet via their cell phone, while 68% do so using a computer at home.
Elfinancierocr.com reports that "that means that about 920,000 people say that they connect to the internet using a mobile device," according to a study prepared by Unimer RED 506, which noted that access through this medium grew by 56% compared to 2011 and 30% compared to 2012.
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