Business Plans of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad

ICE plans to join forces with a telecom in order to compete locally and in other countries of the region.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Eduardo Doryan , President of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, and Orlando Cascante, director of International Affairs, confirmed that the company, whom in the past had the monopoly of communications in Costa Rica, is looking for a partner with expertise in telecommunications to create an alliance that can compete effectively in the now open local market, and to initiate a process of internationalization by providing services in Central America.

The institution is analyzing the financing and identifying market niches which to enter said Cascante.

Mónica Cordero Sancho of, reported that "the Law to Strengthen and Modernize the Telecommunications Sector allows ICE to enter into strategic alliances and other types of business associations with national and foreign entities, either public or private, to stimulate competitiveness. To implement this correctly, the state owned company published in the Official Gazette on November 17, regulations for strategic alliances and other forms of partnership and collaboration. "

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Complaints about Price Fixing in Cell Phone Companies

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Channel 7 of Costa Rica Will Sell Mobile Phone Services

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The network is negotiating with the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad a contract to provide services.

The agreement could soon be confirmed by the chief executive of ICE, Eduardo Doryan, and channel 7 president, Rene Picado.

By signing of the contract Channel 7 would become the first virtual mobile operator in the country.

Costa Rica finally opens its doors to telecoms investment

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The telecommunications monopoly that the government's Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) exercised for five decades has finally been overthrown.

The necessary changes to the telecommunications law were put into effect by publication in the official daily, La Gaceta.
Leading companies in wireless telephony and Internet are poised to enter the new market.

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