Fixed Telephone Rates Up 26%

The Superintendency of Telecommunications in Costa Rica has approved an increase of 26% for rates for fixed telephone lines and a reduction in the rate for calls between a landline and a cell phone.

Friday, September 20, 2013

From a press release from the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel):

The Board of the Superintendency of Telecommunications (SUTEL) has approved an increase in the rate per minute for communication between two fixed phone lines and approved a reduction in the rate for calls between a landline and a cell phone.

This adjustment in rates is in response to a request for an increase made by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) in January which was rejected because it did not meet current market needs.

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