Costa Rican State Telecom Will Not Concede Frequencies

The Superintendency of Telecommunications has revised its decision to make the return frequencies conditional for cable companies merging with the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The purchase of the cable company Cable Vision by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) had been conditional by the Superintendency of Telecommunications (SUTEL) on the waiver of airwaves segments: from 1880 MHz to 1920 MHz (40 MHz), 2520 MHz to 2620 MHz and 2640 MHz to 2690 MHz (150 MHz) and the segment of 3600 MHz to 3440 MHz (160 MHz).

Now, after analyzing the action brought about by the state company, SUTEL has reversed its earlier decision and supports unconditionally the merger of both companies.

A statement by the Telecommunications (SUTEL) reads:

"The SUTEL, as competition authority in the telecommunications market and in accordance with Article 57 of the General Telecommunications Law, reiterates its power to impose spectrum returns in merger cases presented for approval, when this transaction generates a concentration of frequencies that affect effective competition. However, it recognizes that in this particular case the concentration of frequency range belonging to the ICE is not due to buying Cable Vision and therefore, the SUTEL Council resolves to eliminate this condition. "



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Costa Rica: State Telecom Acquires Cable Vision

December 2013

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.

Nacion.com 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.

Costa Rica: Telecoms Merger Made Conditional

October 2012

The purchase of the cable company Cable Vision by the state run ICE is subject to the waiver of several airwave segments.

A statement by the Telecommunications (SUTEL) reads:
SUTEL gives conditional authorization for ICE to purchase cable company

The Board of the Telecommunications (SUTEL), through Resolution 291-2012 RCS-October 3, has given approval for the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) to purchase 100% of the shares of Cable Vision, subject to certain conditions to ensure healthy competition in the market.

Coming Soon - Explosion of Cable TV Supply

October 2012

The opening up of the telecommunications sector in Costa Rica promotes modernization and increased supply of cable TV services.

Nación.com reports that "The entry of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) with television services, and other new entrants such as Claro and Repretel with satellite television, predicts a sharp rise in subscription services, as radical as those of mobile telephony. "

Competition for Buying Cable Company in Costa Rica

January 2012

Along with two other private sector competitors, the state run Costa Rican Institute of Electricity intends to buy Cable Vision.

The state-owned Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) aims to break into the business of cable television and is bidding for the company Cablevision.

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