Costa Rica: 90 Days until Opening of Cell Phone Market

The Constitutional Court has granted the government a maximum of three months to complete the opening process.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A motion filed by Ciber Regulación against State Secretary, Marco Vargas, for the delay to the concession process has led the Costa Rican courts to order relevant authorities to, "coordinate and carry out the actions necessary, where within their power to do so, to effectively and definitively conclude the competitive public tender of the cellular frequency concessions, as well as other frequencies".

This process must be completed within three months from the date of the court's communication, reports Prensalibre.cr.

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Costa Rica: Telefónica with the Best Financial Offer

January 2011

The Spanish company, with a $ 95 million offer, was the highest bidder entering the Costa Rican market.

With a $ 70 million minimum base for each band, Telefónica took the rights to the third block of frequencies, which are more attractive because they require less infrastructure investment.

Costa Rica: Mobile Frequencies on Auction on January 7th

January 2011

Telecom superintendent Sutel informed this to Claro and Movistar after reviewing their technical and financial bids.

George Miley, head of Sutel, explained that the auction of the three frequencies will be conducted 15 days ahead of schedule.

Miley told Elfinancierocr.com: “Both companies concluded the technical, financial and legal review.

Costa Rica: Two Bids for Cellular Market

December 2010

America Movil (Claro) and Telefonica (Movistar) were the only ones to submit their cell phone service offerings.

By January 19th, 2011, the Evaluating Commission will open the bids and report to the Superintendence of Telecommunications (Sutel), after analyzing technical issues.

ICE Dislikes New Frequencies Regulation

April 2010

The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) requested the government to reconsider the conditions of a decree that modifies how frequencies are assigned.

ICE’s board considers the conditions of the decree to be counterproductive for the entity and consumers, “as they will negatively affect service quality in mobile telephony, but also in landlines, long distance calling, data services and Internet”.

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