Costa Rica: Nice landscape vs. Cell Phone Modernity

Five years after the market opened up, three municipalities continue to prioritize landscape aesthetics versus the need to install structures to ensure cell phone coverage.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Two court cases motivated by the governments of the municipalities of Esparza and Moravia, and the filing an appeal with the Sala I by the Municipality of Curridabat, summarize the legal objections raised because of the installation of towers for the provision of cell phone services in Costa Rica, and which continue to generate controversy five years after the opening of the telecommunications sector, according to an article by

The controversies, says the report, have to do with the maximum height of the structures, with the separation between them, with their location (residential, industrial, mixed, etc.) and the size of their surrounding premises.

The information states that without these 10 to 25 meter towers phone and mobile internet companies would not be able to create coverage networks, and that two previous rulings forced the municipalities of Montes de Oca and Heredia to allow the towers.

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The fractioning of municipal powers and excessive bureaucracy continue to complicate the expansion of the network of cell towers, preventing better coverage for digital communications.

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