Costa Rica: Virtualis to Sell Mobile Phone Services

The consortium signed a contract with the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad in order to sell mobile phone services.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Virtualis Consortium (involving retailers Grupo Monge and Casa Blanca) will operate its own platform of services, numbers and operator codes.

With the contract Virtualis becomes the second virtual mobile operator in the country, the first one being domestic tv station "Televisora de Costa Rica".

"A virtual cellular operator, while it lacks a network spectrum, can provide services using infrastructure from another company by signing a contract," writes

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Between the two carriers 100,000 new lines are sold a month and they already have a market share of 20%.

"At the moment, Claro and Movistar between them have a 20% market share. The growth of these companies together is about 100,000 lines per month", said George Miley, a member of the Board of the Telecommunications (Sutel), according to the information portal Signals Telecom News.

Channel 7 of Costa Rica Will Sell Mobile Phone Services

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The network is negotiating with the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad a contract to provide services.

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4 Frequencies Released for Telecomm Opening

December 2009

The Costa Rican Electricity Institute agreed to release 4 radio frequencies to be used by competitors in the cellular telephone market.

With this agreement, Costa Rican president, Oscar Arias will sign a decree to give the Sutel the green light for the opening of the market.

Costa Rica, Digicel's Upcoming Challenge

December 2009

Costa Rica is next on the list for Digicel, telecommunications provider in Central America.

This was announced by Luis La Rocca, vice president of the board at Digicel Panama, who added that they have a 20% market share in Panama, after only one year of operations. reports: "Dicigel, founded in Ireland, made a $350 million investment in Panama, which included installing over 700 GSM/EDGE towers and 200 product and customer service stores in the country".

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