Costa Rica Publishes Cellular Telephony Bidding Rules

The criteria for companies wishing to bid for one of the mobile telephony concessions is available to the public from today and interested parties have 45 working days to present offers.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Costa Rican government will grant concessions for three frequencies on the radio-electric spectrum to enable the development of the cell phone market.

"A communication from Costa Rica's Telecommunications Regulator (SUTEL) indicates that companies interested in participating must have a minimum of 1.8 million cell phone subscribers, have been operating for at least five years in at least one country and have certified income of $450 million from mobile services," reports La Prensa Libre.

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Democracy vs. Public Corporations

April 2013

The Costa Rica state telecom company is moving away from the purpose that justifies its existence and is impeding the exercise of the popular will in terms of the cellular market opening up.

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), after using every piece of legal chicanery imaginable to prevent the implementation of number portability, is now simply saying "I WONT SIGN", citing technical insolvency as its reason for not integrating the system that allows users to migrate from one cellular communication provider to another, while keeping their phone number.

Results of the Cell Privatization in Costa Rica

November 2012

After one year of competition in mobile communications, the changes that have taken place reveal a market that is different from how many expected.

The market transformation has been swift and contained surprising nuances. Cellular penetration swiftly exceeded 100%, while the use of mobile Internet exceeded forecasts.

ICE Withdraws Interconnection Claim

December 2010

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad said it withdrew the lawsuit in a conflict it has with Sutel.

The refers to an ICE press release, which states that "the change in strategy responds to two documents issued by Sutel which changes the dynamics of action and resolutions."

Councils Seek to Charge for Right to Use Cellular Base Stations

August 2010

Costa Rican municipalities are analyzing how to charge for the commercial use of mobile telephony antennas.

Municipalities will study how to implement the charge from a legal and taxation point of view. To date it is not clear who would have to pay: the operator or the company that installs and leases the antenna.

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