Costa Rica : Private Telecoms Gain Ground in Cellular Market

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad's share in the mobile phone market fell to 65%.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

At the end of 2012 Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) owned a 79% stake in the mobile market, and this was reduced to 65% in September 2013. That portion of the market was taken over by the foreign competitors Claro and Movistar.

According to figures from the Telecommunications regulator mentioned in an article on Nacion.com , "up to September 2013 the ICE had 4,278,183 active lines, which represents an increase of 0.7 % compared to the 4,248,684 lines it had in the last quarter of 2012."

Meanwhile, "Claro and Movistar, totaled 686,000 and 571,000 lines respectively, during the first nine months of 2013. Claro in 2012 had 9% of the cellular market and Movistar 7%, but up to September each of them gained 16%".



More on this topic

Telecoms in Costa Rica: Liberate Mobile Rates

May 2015

Six years after the market opened, authorities are assessing whether competition is effective in order to eliminate caps and free up rates for mobile telephony and the internet.

The methodology for determining whether or not there is effective or genuine competition in the telecommunications market has already been approved and the Telecommunications Regulator expects to have the results no later than the end of the year.

Number Portability Will Promote Competition

October 2013

With its entry into force in late November, both the regulator as well as telephone companies predict fierce competition because of attempts to retain and attract customers.

"This law promotes stronger dynamism in the market and gives the user the power to negotiate what suits them.

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.

Claro and Movistar Growing in Costa Rica

June 2012

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.