Channel 7 of Costa Rica Will Sell Mobile Phone Services

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

Thursday, November 4, 2010

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.

"A virtual cellular operator is a company which has a concession but no spectrum or a network, it can provide services through the platform of another operator. To do so, it needs to establish contracts with the owners of the network," according to an article La Nacion.

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