Costa Rica: More Companies Show Interest in Telecommunications

There are 14 companies that have already requested authorization from the Telecommunications Superintendent to offer services.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mercedes Agüero in an article in reported that some of the new applicants are: “Fibrotel SA, Karl del Este Investments, Publicidad and Internet Group Inc., Credit Car Services Ltd., Empresarios Limonenses Unidos (United Entrepreneurs from Limon) Agathrush and Call Me Way," and that "the Administrative Board of Cartago Electrical Services (JASEC) is also attempting to break into the telecommunications market with Internet and cable television services."

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ICE Opens Up Its Telecommunications Network

July 2010

Costa Rica’s state-owned electricity and telecommunications provider has interfaced its network with Ticom and CallMyWay, two telecom companies offering VOIP services.

The two companies are the first to be interfaced after presenting their requests to the Costa Rica's Telecommunications Regulator (SUTEL).

Costa Rica Authorizes 125 Internet Cafés

November 2009

The Telecommunications Superintendency has authorized 125 cybercafés for providing internet access.

Among the country's provinces, San José leads with the most authorizations, 56, followed by Alajuela with 19, Heredia with 15 and Cartago with 14.

"Internet and VoIP are some of the services provided by Internet Cafés", reported

There is Competition in IP Telephony and Internet

June 2009

The first six companies to compete with state-run ICE in the telecommunications market have been authorized in Costa Rica.

The Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel) gave the green light to allow the companies to offer telephone over IP and Internet services.

According to La Prensa Libre de Costa Rica, the president of the Sutel Council, George Miley, said: “Today is a historic day for Costa Rica and especially for telecommunications. This is the first act that effectively opens the telecommunications sector. The authorization of these six companies, and the many more to come, provide a positive signal that will attract investment to this important area of the economy, at a necessary time for our country.”

ICE Will Not Oppose New Competitors

June 2009

Through a document presented to Sutel, ICE withdrew its objections to the entry of competitors in the telecommunications market.

The legal director of the Costa Rican Institute for Electricity, Erick Jiménez González, laid out in the document presented that the action is "with the purpose of collaborating in the regulatory process during the transition phase."

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