Costa Rica: Tech Sector Concerned with Mobile Telephony Market Opening

Businessmen expressed concern at recent actions taken by ICE.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

"The concern focuses on the legal action filed with the Administrative Court to stop the decision of the Superintendence of Telecommunications (Sutel), which required ICE to lower interconnection prices to their networks for other telecommunications operators," says Elfinancierocr.com.

The director of the Chamber of Communication and Technology, Miguel Gonzalez said, "interconnection is a key issue for mobile operators, it means transparent rules and legal certainty."

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ICE Withdraws Interconnection Claim

December 2010

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

The Financierocr.com 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."

Costa Rican Telecom Regulator Orders Lower Interconnection Fees

November 2010

The regulator gave 10 days to state owned electricity company ICE to amend the interconnection fees.

The Superintendence of Telecommunications (Sutel) reduced the call termination fee on landlines to ¢3.63 ($ 0.01) per minute.

"Meanwhile, in the cellular network, the cost per minute is ¢ 17.95 ($0.04).

Costa Rica: Undefined Telecom Interconnection Rates

November 2010

The regulatory body has not yet approved the tariffs for interconnection with the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad.

The Telecommunications Superintendence (Sutel) published in the official newspaper the changes to the terms and conditions of the bid process but does not provide for Interconnection Reference Offer (IRO).

Telecom Interconnection Rates Established

March 2010

The Costa Rican Telecommunications Superintendence has defined the methodology to be used to set interconnection rates between telecommunication providers.

In the short term, this will define how much new telecomm operators will have to pay to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute to connect to its network.

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