Appeals delay prepaid cellular service in Costa Rica

Three appeals against the process for acquiring the equipment need for the system will delay the marketing of that technology.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Even though the contract to purchase of the equipment was awarded to Ericsson Costa Rica on July 7, they will not be able to make the purchase until October 2 when the motions are possibly resolved.
The delay in the marketing of the prepaid service put the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity's (ICE) goal of offering the service starting in the first few weeks of 2009 at risk.

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Costa Rica: Informative Meeting on Mobile Telephony Frequencies

January 2010

The Telecommunications Superintendence (Sutel) will host an informative meeting with companies interested in obtaining a frequency for mobile telephony services.

The meeting will take place on January 18th, at 11 a.m. at Hotel Intercontinental in San José.

"George Miley, head of Sutel's council, explained that the meeting will be used to explain which public contest process will be used to auction mobile telephony frequencies to new operators", reported Nacion.com.

Costa Rica to have Four Cellular Competitors

June 2009

Three businesses will enter the cell phone market as competitors to the already established public entity of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE).

The vice minister of telecommunications, Hannia Vega, said that the government has decided that the opening of the telecommunications market would be immediate, for which the terms and conditions for the new operators are now being determined.

Costa Rica: Pre-Paid Cell Phones Continue On Hold

February 2009

The Comptroller’s Office of the Republic ordered ICE to analyze if the price offered by Huawei Technologies would permit it to comply with the contract.

Esteban Oviedo in an article of Nacion.com writes: "The controlling institution revised the order passed last Monday, when they annulled the awarding of the contract to the Chinese company.

No pre-paid cellphones in Costa Rica

May 2008

Costa Rica has no pre-paid system for cellphones, and that can't be right, Carlos Dalton writes in La República. Not only is pre-paid service one of the best businesses in telephony, it also provides solidarity with the most needy members of society.

Institutions such as the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) were established to offer electrical and communications services to all the nation's inhabitants.

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