Costa Rica Accelerates Mobile Telephone Concession

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

Monday, April 20, 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.

El Financiero Costa Rica Published: "With this, the route for the first worldwide or regional mobile operator to enter the local market would be more expeditious than indicated in the first schedule by MINAET, in which this concession was scheduled to end in September 2010."

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Three businesses will enter the cell phone market as competitors to the already established public entity of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE).

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Cellular frequencies in Costa Rica to be put to tender in May

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The bidding for the first frequencies for wireless telephone lines that will be used by private companies should start on May 15 at the latest.

The was the commitment of the Government to US authorities; this was the final date given due to the delays in applying the FTA.

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