Costa Rica: Cellular Market Grows 36% in Seven Months

Since the formal break up of the monopoly held by the state communications firm, ICE, the number of allocated cell lines has grown from 3.9 to 5.3 million.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 reports that this information was obtained "by an appeal to the Constitutional Court, which forced the Sutel to provide the number of lines that the ICE had up to November 2011, which was considered a strategic issue by the state company and the regulator. "

The goal expressed by El Financiero newspaper was "to get an idea of the actual impact of the existence of the three players in the market. It includes information on the sale of phone chips (SIM cards) of ICE marketers ICE: Tuyo Móvil and Full Móvil."

The data shows that in just seven months of open market competition, 100% penetration has been exceeded.

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