Costa Rica: State Telecom Acquires Cable Vision

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad has consolidated its leading position in the market without having to return frequencies as initially conditioned by the Telecommunications Superintendency.

Friday, December 6, 2013 reports: "... the company specializing in cable television and broadband internet (via cable modem) services became part of Grupo ICE as a subsidiary company." The state run telecommunications company has not yet reported the amount of the commercial transaction.

The company explained that "the purchase reflects the interest of the ICE in participating actively, as a provider of cable television services and offering Costa Ricans other attractive deals."

The negotiation was concluded after in early November the Board of the Telecommunications (Sutel) eliminated the condition imposed on the ICE to return a 350 MHz spectrum if it intended to buy Cable Vision.

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