Cable & Wireless Seek Entrance to Costa Rica

The telecommunications transnational is interested in operating in Costa Rica and it could invest $400 million in infrastructure.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

According to, Jorge Nicolau, president and manager of Cable & Wireless Panama, indicated that "the guarantee, the efficiency, and the experience of its platform in Panama and in other countries place them as one of the main candidates to reach the more than 4.5 million Costa Ricans."

Cable & Wireless joins the list of international operators of cellular systems—Telefónica, Digicel, and Tigo—in confirming its interest of being part of the telecommunications market in Costa Rica. For 2010, the entry of three operators will be permitted, which will also compete with the national public company, the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE).

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Experts Warn of Inconsistencies in Cellular Market Opening

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Costa Rica Issues Decree to Auction Radio Frequencies

December 2009

The Costa Rican Executive ordered the Telecomm Superintendence to begin the public bidding process to award radio frequencies to cellular operators.

This decree was published in the official government newspaper on December 22nd.

From "The ranges to be auctioned are 1730-1786 Mhz, 1940-1980 Mhz, 888.7-902 Mhz, 1825-1880 Mhz and 2130-2170 Mhz".

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