Costa Rica: Cell Phone Competition by end of 2011

December 14 is the deadline for reception of offers, but it won´t be until late 2011 that the market will finally be open to competition.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Superintendent of Telecommunications, George Miley, described the process of allocating frequencies and the scheduled. The frequencies should be awarded by April 2011, four months after offers are submitted.

"But by Miley's own estimates, companies will require at least 6 more months to be ready to offer their services to the public, so consumers will enjoy competition in the mobile market somewhere around December 2011”, reported La Prensa Libre.

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Costa Rica: Opening of Cell Phone Market Delayed

October 2010

By not presenting the changes to the terms and conditions, Sutel has further delayed the process.

October 21st was the deadline for publication in the official journal for the corrections ordered by the Comptroller General of the Republic.

"Regulations require that changes be reported at least 15 days before receipt of offers, originally set for November 5th," according to the article in Nacion.com.

Cell Phone Market to Open Within a Year in Costa Rica

September 2010

If the schedule is followed as expected, by September 2011 the mobile telephony concessions will be awarded.

Costa Rica's Telecommunications Regulator (SUTEL) has made public the invitation to tender for the cellular telephony frequencies.

The work schedule, if the process is not appealed, will contain the following key dates: 5 November to receive technical and economic offers, 3 December for the offers to begin being reviewed.

Costa Rica: Informative Meeting on Mobile Telephony Frequencies

January 2010

The Telecommunications Superintendence (Sutel) will host an informative meeting with companies interested in obtaining a frequency for mobile telephony services.

The meeting will take place on January 18th, at 11 a.m. at Hotel Intercontinental in San José.

"George Miley, head of Sutel's council, explained that the meeting will be used to explain which public contest process will be used to auction mobile telephony frequencies to new operators", reported Nacion.com.

Costa Rica: Mobile Competition Delayed

September 2009

A three month delay in the market opening process will prevent the entrance of competitors expected for mid 2010.

Geroge Miley, president of the Telecommunications Superintendence (Sutel), explained that the delay is due to a lack of definition on the frequencies to be used for installing private networks.

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