Costa Rica Frees Telecommunications Prices

The Council of the SUTEL has declared to be under effective competition the following markets: International Telephony, Fixed Internet, International Roaming and Telecommunications Transit.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Superintendency of Telecommunications postponed until the first quarter of 2017 the decision on a possible declaration of effective competition in mobile postpaid services.

From a statement issued by the Sutel:

After a detailed analysis of 11 Telecommunications markets, the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel) determined that in 4 of them there exists effective competition, therefore regulatory intervention, from an economic perspective, is no longer necessary in accordance with Article 73 of the Law on Regulatory Authority of Public Services 7593.

The Council of the Sutel declared to be in competition the following markets: International Telephony, Fixed Internet, International Roaming and Telecommunications Transit  (two operators through the network of a third party).



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