Authorization of Telecommunications Companies in July

The Superintendent of Telecommunications of Costa Rica estimates that it will deliver the first licenses to operate in the market in July.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The period specified by the Telecommunications Superitendent (Sutel) is consistent with the terms of the General Telecommunications Law, and it contemplates a resolution of all the objections to the admission of the different businesses presented by the Costa Rican Institute of Telecommunications (ICE) and RACSA.

Carlos Cordero wrote in an article in "According to Sutel, the first authorizations favor the deployment of Internet services and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP).
Currently, the Superintendent has 23 applications for a wide range of services including cable TV, corporate connections and even video conferencing and fiber optics telephone services."

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Costa Rica: New Obstacles for Telecomm Opening

February 2010

Lack of defined rates prevents the new operators from connecting with ICE’s network.

Costa Rica: New Obstacles for Telecomm Opening
Lack of defined rates prevents the new operators from connecting with ICE’s network.

Some private companies interested in providing telecomm services have been authorized by the Telecomm Superintendence (SUTEL) 8 months ago, but cannot operate because they need to be connected to ICE’s network (Costa Rica’s state-owned Electricity Institute). This cannot be done because the price to be charged to companies for this has not yet been defined.

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

Deadline for Telecommunications Registration

June 2009

Telecommunications companies in Costa Rica will have time to request authorization to operate until June 30.

The Superintendent of Telecommunications (SUTEL) of Costa Rica informed that June 2 is the deadline, reminding entrepreneurs that, according to the Telecommunications Act, any company that provides telecommunications services to the public or that operates and exploits public networks, requires authorization from the entity to operate.

Costa Rica Accelerates Mobile Telephone Concession

April 2009

A new mobile phone operator could enter the market in February 2010. The cartel will be published between June and September 2009.

After the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINAET) requests for the Superintendent of Telecommunications (SUTEL) to begin the tender for the concession in May 2009, the whole process could last from 3 to 6 months, depending on the assessment method used.